What is Body Area Network?
A Body Area Network (BAN) is a network that includes a collection of portable devices. It is a specific type of wireless network with a specific use and scope.
For many, the term body area network appears to be similar to other terms such as LAN (Local Area Network) or WAN (Wide Area Network), which represent different types of network areas. A LAN typically includes hardware within a home or building, while a larger network template uses other types of wireless connections for a wider range of services.
In contrast, a BAN covers the human body with a range of sensors or devices. For example, manufacturers can create BAN systems to monitor a person's vital signs, activities, or fitness information for medical purposes.
Other types of body area networks involve the use of various handheld devices for communication or other types of human movement or behavioral research. Body area networks have been developed for cardiac monitoring and other similar applications.