BMT-230 - Bio-Medical Wireless Networks2 credits
This course will introduce the student to the fundamentals of wireless networks and transmission systems typically used in a clinical and/or home health care setting. Starting with an introduction to the concept of a wireless electronic communications system and its technical language, the student is quickly introduced to the ideas of RF signals, frequency bands used for communications, and digital modulation techniques. The function of system hardware (i.e. transmitter, receiver, transmission lines, and antennas) and the basics of electromagnetic (EM) propogation are presented and related to the particular communication system application and frequency band of operation. Basic networking concepts are reviewed and related to today's wireless standards. Present day wireless cellular technology (i.e. 4G and soon to be implemented 5G) are introduced first and then the IEEE wireless networking standards (including IEEE 802.11.X) are covered. Emphasis is placed on the personal area networking standard (IEEE 802.15.X) and applications involving wireless body area networks (WBANs) in individual health care applications. Students are introduced to basic test and measurement equipment used in this field and the fundamentals of wireless system operation evaluation.