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Etsi releases specification for smart body area networks

Steve Rogerson
May 21, 2019

European standards body Etsi has released specification for smart body area networks (BANs) to facilitate ehealth.
The Etsi smart BAN technical committee has recently published Etsi TS 103 327, a standard for smart body area networks. It establishes standardised service and application interfaces and facilitators, APIs, and infrastructure for interoperability management, and offers secure interaction and access to any smart BAN data or entities.
The resulting smart BAN reference architecture is a global and integrated IoT reference architecture, OneM2M and multi-agent-based. The architecture is provided with cross-functional components for allowing non-smart BAN enabled environments to interoperate with smart BANs and addresses network, syntactic, informational and semantic interoperability.
A smart BAN uses a set of low-power embedded devices, mainly sensors, wearables or actuators, to collect and monitor vital data of a human being and their environment, but not exclusively. This specification will enable, for instance, each patient coming to an emergency room to have their medical history already available, which should lead to a more intelligent and accurate intervention.
The reference architecture is managing semantic interoperability through in particular everything as a service (XaaS) mechanisms and a web of things (WoT) strategy, which will enable cooperation between different smart BANs. It should lead to the creation of cross-domain applications to integrate smart BANs into the WoT and more global scenarios.
On the service and application side, generic service enablers and standardised APIs will provide secure interaction and access to smart BAN data or entities (data transfer and sharing mechanisms included), embedded semantic analytics (device, edge and fog levels), automated alarm management, distributed monitoring or control operations.
This is a first step towards horizontal management of body area networks in multiple vertical application areas.