At present, the home entertainment networking market is growing fast. Interoperability of consumer applications such as digital cameras, digital video disk (DVD) players, digital cable, satellite TV, broadband internet access, etc. has created a need for reliable short-range high-throughput data links.
The trend of wireless personal area networks (WPANs) has evolved as a networking paradigm with a number of distinguishing attributes. Significant research efforts in wireless connectivity have related to appropriate methods that enable wireless networks to achieve high performance; WPANs stand out at the centre of this. A WPAN is a personal area network – a network for interconnecting devices centred on an individual person's workspace – in which the connections are wireless.
Typically, a wireless personal area network uses some technology that permits communication within about 10 metres, such as Bluetooth, which was used as the basis for a new standard, IEEE 802.15. A WPAN could serve to interconnect all ordinary computing and communicating devices that many people have on their desks or carry with them, or could serve a more specialised purpose such as allowing a surgeon and other team members to communicate during an operation.
The technology for WPANs is in its infancy and is undergoing rapid development. The objective is to facilitate seamless operation among home or business devices and systems. Every device in a WPAN will be able to plug into any other device in the same WPAN, provided they are within physical range of one another. In addition, WPANs worldwide will be interconnected. A WPAN could be employed for both low-data-rate and high-data rate communications.
The aim of this special issue is to present recent original advances in enabling technologies for WPANs. Both theoretical and practical papers are solicited on the following related aspects: algorithms, system design, performance analysis and experimental studies.
Topics include but are not limited to:
- PHY, MAC and network layer issues in WPAN
- Multiple antenna technology in WPAN
- Ultra-wideband (UWB) technology in WPAN
- Cognitive radio technology in WPAN
- Wireless body area networks (WBANs)
- IEEE 802.15.3 standard
- IEEE 802.15.4 standard
- ECMA-368 standard
- WiMedia: second generation PHY and MAC
- Spectrum policy and regulations
- New applications of WPAN
- Market analysis of WPAN
Manuscript submission: 31 December, 2013
Acceptance notification: 15 February, 2014
Final manuscript submission: 30 April, 2014
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