Wear a Ban

Overview

The objective of Wear-a-BAN is to investigate and demonstrate ultra low-power wireless body-area-network (WBAN) technologies for enabling unobtrusive human to machine interfaces (HMI) into SME-driven market segments of smart fabrics / interactive textiles (SFIT), robotics for augmented reality assistance and rehabilitation, and natural interfacing devices for video gaming.
The proposed research will generate high societal and market impact for the European SMEs, and will enable major technological breakthroughs in the areas of ultra low-power radio system-on-chips (SoC) and of textile-oriented system-in-package (SiP) platforms for miniature wearable antennas, wireless and sensor electronics and digital signal processing.

 

Work Packages

 

WP1 - User requirement specifications

WP1 aims at creating the three documents that will guide the development throughout the project. Based on the collection of scenarios from end-user PME’s, the user specifications for the four final demos should be present in a first document.  Based on it, a second and third document – created from by the collaborative effort of all partners – will define the functional and technical specifications, respectively.

 

WP2 - Radio and DSP IC

WP2 aims at the development of a System-on-chip (SoC) dedicated for the Wear-a-BAN platform. The Wear-a-BAN SoC will embed a low-power 868MHz/915MHz RF front-end jointly with a low-power 32-bit icyflex DSP for running the sensor signal processing and the communication protocol.
This WP will also concern the development of the baseline low-level DSP software library pieces destined to be used for building the communication and the signal processing within the Wear-a-BAN platform.

 

WP3 - Antenna and Propagation

The objective of WP3 is to develop a compact antenna structure which can be implemented on flexible materials like stretchable substrates or textiles in the context of wearable sensor nodes. This will include the development of a tunable RF interface for providing optimal antenna to RF front-end power transfer in various use cases. A concise on-body propagation study will provide background information for the design of the antenna element and the tuning circuit, and the calculation of the link budget.

 

WP4 - Sensors and Communications

The fourth WP aims to develop a sensor platform with its associated control and processing functions for integration into the WBAN topology and a low-power communication protocol for the Wear-a-BAN modules. The work is organized in two tasks, namely the Sensor Data Acquisition and Processing and Communication.

 

WP5 - Miniaturized Packaging

In WP5 the hardware platform of the body-area-network (BAN) will be developed. This includes the use of innovative new technologies as:
-textile UHF antennas
-highly miniaturized circuit boards
-a new package for the integration of electronics into textiles (textile System in Package)
-textile battery holders
As all developed technologies of the project are joint here, this WP is the central technical part of the project.
The cutting edge technologies of the project partners will be united in this WP for a BAN of unique qualities of function and wearing comfort.

 

WP6 - WBAN Platform Integration

WP6's objective is to integrate the different technologies toward making a wearable communicating and sensing module embedded in textile. More precisely, the module develop shall embed the Wear-a-BAN SoC (WP2), the compact antenna (WP3), the signal processing software and the protocol stack (WP4) onto three selected platforms prototype using the SiP assembly technology (WP5). The three platforms differentiates by the fact that they will be adapted to the different application requirements and domain-specific demonstrators to be finalised in WP7. WP6 work also includes the laboratory-level performance evaluations of the Wear-a-BAN prototypes and especally the radio and networking performances characterisations.

 

WP7 - Wear-a-BAN testing and end-user validation

Demonstration work package lasts 9 months starting on month 15th and ending on month 24th.
Objectives:
-To realize the demonstrator prototypes of the Wear-a-BAN technology.
-To interface the Wear-a-BAN sensor nodes with product/applicative platforms provided by the SME-AGs and the end-users SMEs, clearly showing the potential of the technology for the respective communities of SMEs.

 

WP8 - Training, dissemination and exploitation

WP8 includes the following activities:

Knowledge Management and IPR protection activities. The final aim of the IPR protection activities is to support the participating SME-Ags and their members in protecting and using the research results to theri best advantege.
Bussines plan: will summarize all the information collected during the market survey and will set up an initially envisaged business model for exploting the project results.
Exploitation Agreement: It will detail the agreements between the consortium members regarding exploitation issues.
Plan for the Use and Dissemination of the Foreground (PUDF): This document will collect the individual intentions of each partner. The final PUDF will describe the participants actual achievements in dissemination and their plans, for the exploitation of their results.

 

WP9 - Consortium Management

WP 9 acts as a regulating Work Package towards the project as a whole and its main objective is to review and assess the work being carried out by optimizing the application of technical resources within the project, among partners and subcontracted RTD performers, and to establish exploitation mechanisms. Work Package 9 also seeks to ensure that all aspects of EC requirements for communication and reporting are met while also being responsible for the maintenance of the Consortium Agreement.


The Wear-a-BAN project has received funding form the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (Capacities, Research for the Benefit of SME Associations) managed by REA – Research Executive Agency under Grant Agreement No. 243473.

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