The white paper "A new priority-guaranteed MAC protocol for emerging body area networks", written by Yan Zhang and Guido Dolmans has been selected as one of the best papers at the International Conference on Wireless and Mobile Communications (ICWMC) 2009.

Just getting a paper accepted for ICMWC is already a challenge. Of more than 300 papers submitted for the conference only 31% (about 100) were accepted for presentation and from these only one was picked as the best paper in each of 10 categories.

The paper outlines a new MAC protocol proposal for body area networks that is capable of handling a wide mix of traffic while also guaranteeing priority for certain types of data such as control data or data from medical applications. The protocol is ideally suited for managing the mixed signals of BAN systems which can range from a few kbits/s for medical application to full multimedia broadcasts for consumer applications. It also designed to use less power than existing solutions, particularly with large numbers of nodes.

Yan and Guido have now been invited to publish an extended version of their paper in an International Academy, Research, and Industry Association (IARIA) journal.