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Journal of Sensors
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 537205, 12 pages
Research Article

An ID/Locator Separation Based Group Mobility Management in Wireless Body Area Network

1Department of Information and Communication Engineering, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan 712-749, Republic of Korea
2School of Computer Science and Engineering, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 702-701, Republic of Korea

Received 14 November 2014; Accepted 20 February 2015

Academic Editor: Bo-Wei Chen

Copyright © 2015 Moneeb Gohar et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Mobility management in wireless sensor network is the most important factor to be considered for applications such as healthcare system. Recently, Identifier (ID)/Locator (LOC) separation based mobility management scheme has been proposed for wireless sensor network. However, it does not perform well in group-based mobility management in wireless body area network, and thus it tends to induce large registration, packet delivery, and handover delays. To overcome these limitations, we propose a group-based mobility management scheme based on ID/LOC separation concept for ID-based communications with location-based routing to reduce the number of control messages. In the proposed scheme, each sensor device has a globally unique device identifier (GDID) which contains the information of its home network domain. For handover support, each access gateway maintains its home GDID register (HGR) and visiting GDID register (VGR) which are used to keep the GDID-locator (LOC) mappings for primary mobile devices in the distributed manner. Besides, in the proposed scheme, only the coordinator will send Router Solicitation and Router Advertisement messages to reduce the control messages further. By numerical analysis, we show that the proposed scheme can significantly reduce the registration, packet delivery, and handover delays, compared to the existing schemes.