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Secure Intra-body Wireless Communications (SIWiC) System Project

Aftab Ahmad and Terrence Doggett

The 2010 Summer Computer Simulation Conference (SCSC 10)
Ottawa, Canada, July 11-14, 2010


Summary

SIWiC System is a project to investigate, design and implement future wireless networks of implantable sensors in the body. The goal of this futuristic project is to make use of the emerging and yet-to-emerge technologies, including ultra-wide band (UWB) for wireless communications, smart implantable sensors, ultra low power networking protocols, security and privacy for bandwidth- and power-deficient wireless devices, and quantum computing. Progress in each of these fronts is hindered by the needs of breakthrough. But, as we will see in this paper, major challenges are being met or will be met in near future. SIWiC system is a network of in-situ wireless devices that are implanted to coordinate sensed data inside the body, such as symptoms monitoring collected internally, or biometric data collected of an outside object from within the intra-body network. One node has the capability of communicating outside the body to send data or alarm to a relevant authority, e.g., a remote physician.


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