Statistical Analysis and Performance Evaluation for On-Body Radio Propagation With Microstrip Antennas

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On-body propagation channel measurements using two microstrip patch antennas for various links are presented and statistically analyzed. The attenuation attributed to factors such as the body, head and clothing are: 19.2, 13.0, and 1.7 dB, respectively, when measurement performed in the anechoic chamber. Measured cumulative distribution function (CDF) of data in the chamber and lab fits to lognormal distribution with deviation factors comparable in both cases. The results demonstrate that the human body is a major shadowing contributor in body area network (BAN) radio systems. The performance of potential radio systems under the measured channel variations is also investigated. Excellent system performance is achievable with power levels as low as 0.01 mW. These results support the significance of channel characterization and modelling in producing suitable wireless systems for ultra low power BANs.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-248
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007


  • on-body propagation, bit error rate (BER), microstrip antenna, body area network