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1st International Conference on IoT Technologies for HealthCare

October 27–28, 2014 | Rome, Italy

2nd Keynote Speaker:


John R. Farserotu

Head of the Wireless Program at CSEM


From Body Area Networks (BAN) to SmartBAN


As the world’s population ages, the need for solutions that help people live longer at home and with a better quality of life increases. Body Area Networks (BAN) are attracting growing attention as a solution for supporting services in medical, healthcare and other fields employing wearable sensor devices requiring low power, short range wireless communication.

At the same time, the Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly emerging. The number of connected devices is growing exponentially and expected to reach in the 10s of billions by 2020. More and more, our devices are connected, including personal and body sensor devices, opening the door for new opportunities and also raising new challenges.

Solutions may be used at home, in the hospital or on the move 24/7. Devices may be wearable or implantable. BANs may interact with other BANs or IoT devices in our environment. We may form user communities for sharing data and collaborating. At the same time, our BAN devices must co-exist with a multitude of devices in the IoT. Information exchange must be dependable, secure and trusted. Interoperability and coexistence must be ensured across heterogeneous networks. New demands are placed on standards

The focus of this presentation is on BAN and Healthy IoT. We will examine the status today, applications and services, present standards and solutions, issues and limitations of BAN today towards ETSI SmartBAN and beyond.


Dr. John Farserotu is Head of the Wireless Program at CSEM. He received his PhD. in Electrical Engineering from the Telecommunication and Traffic Control Systems Group, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands in 1998, his M.S.E.E from the George Washington University, in Communications Engineering in 1985 and his B.S.E.E from the University of Maryland in 1983. He is the Chair of ETSI TC SmartBAN, the former acting-Chair of ETSI EP eHealth and has been active in the IEEE802.15 Task Group 6 (BAN).

Dr. Farserotu is the Principal Investigator in the Swiss WiseSkin project. He is also coordinator of the European FP7 Go4Time project was previously the deputy coordinator of the FP6 MAGNET IP. He has authored or co-authored over 90 publications in major journals and conferences. He is co-author of a book on Mobile Satellite over IP/ATM Networks and he teaches a course on this subject at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Dr. Farserotu is the Chair and Research Co-ordinator of the HERMES Partnership, a network of leading European R&D centers in the field of wireless and mobile communication. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Springer Wireless Personal Communications journal, and he was the co-General Chair of the International Symposium on Medical Information and Communication Technology 2011 (ISMICT 2011) held in Montreux, Switzerland.