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Using 5.9 GHz DSRC to Aid the Elderly in Vehicular Environments

  • Author / Creator
    Kamal, Fraaz
  • This thesis investigated the feasibility of using the Dedicated Short Range Communication (5.9 GHz) protocol as a vehicular wireless system for transmitting elderly drivers‘ vital signs in medical emergencies. Existing vehicular communication systems, physiological monitors, and low-power wireless protocols were researched. An integrated in-car system that combined DSRC and physiological monitoring was developed. The DSRC system was tested for latency, packet loss, and range. The physiological monitor was tested for accuracy of its sensors. Finally, the integrated system was tested for its success rate in a vehicular environment. The DSRC system communicated between moving vehicles with an average latency of 1.450 ± 0.415 ms, and it transmitted from a vehicle to roadside infrastructure at a maximum range of 460 m. The physiological monitor collected accurate heart rate, SpO2, and body temperature measurements. Finally, the integrated system transmitted physiological parameters from one moving vehicle to another with a 95% success rate.

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  • Graduation date
    2013-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3H60K
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Specialization
    • Microelectric Devices and Systems
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Zhao, Vicky (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
    • Lou, Edmond (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Elliott, Duncan (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
    • Moussa, Walied (Mechanical Engineering)
    • Zhao, Vicky (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
    • Lou, Edmond (Electrical and Computer Engineering)