Capacitive Body-Coupled Communication in the 400–500 MHz Frequency Band

  • Robin BenarrouchEmail author
  • Arno Thielens
  • Andreia Cathelin
  • Antoine Frappé
  • Andreas Kaiser
  • Jan Rabaey
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 297)


One approach to enable wireless communication between body-worn nodes is to use capacitive body-coupled communication (C-BCC). This technique, which uses capacitive electrodes as transducing elements, has previously been demonstrated at relatively low frequencies (<200 MHz) and hence also low bandwidths. This work presents a theoretical analysis of wireless C-BCC, between body worn electrodes at higher frequencies (420–510 MHz), offering the potential for higher data rates. The theory is confirmed both by numerical simulations (performed on a human body phantom), and actual wireless communication between two prototypes on the arm of a real human.


Body area network Capacitive Body Coupled Communication Radio frequency Propagation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robin Benarrouch
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Arno Thielens
    • 3
    • 4
  • Andreia Cathelin
    • 1
  • Antoine Frappé
    • 2
  • Andreas Kaiser
    • 2
  • Jan Rabaey
    • 3
  1. 1.STMicroelectronics, Technology and Design PlatformsCrollesFrance
  2. 2.Univ. Lille, CNRS, Centrale Lille, ISEN, Univ. Valenciennes, UMR 8520 - IEMNLilleFrance
  3. 3.University of California BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA
  4. 4.Ghent University, imec, Department of Information TechnologyGhentBelgium

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