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Inkjet-printed monopole antennas for enhanced-range WBAN and wearable biomonitoring application

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMobileHealth'12 - Proceedings of the 2nd ACM International Workshop on Pervasive Wireless Healthcare
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event2nd ACM International Workshop on Pervasive Wireless Healthcare, MobileHealth'12 - Hilton Head, SC, United States
Duration: 11 Jun 201211 Jun 2012


Conference2nd ACM International Workshop on Pervasive Wireless Healthcare, MobileHealth'12
CountryUnited States
CityHilton Head, SC


In this paper, a monopole antenna backed by an inkjet-printed electromagnetic band gap ground (EBG) plane on paper substrate is proposed for wearable applications with drastically enhanced communication range. This novel design approach for WBAN and wearable biomonitoring applications alleviates the on-body antenna's performance degradation, which may cause a significant degradation of the wireless system's performance as well. The communication range improvement compared to conventional antenna is demonstrated by using a benchmarking commercial wireless temperature sensor module. In addition, the advantages and the integrability of the proposed wearable antenna topology into mobile wireless on-body health care systems is discussed in detail.


  • electromagnetic band gap (ebg) structure, inkjet printing, personal area networks (pans), system level antenna integration, wearable antenna, wireless body area networks (wbans)