Hermes Partnership: strengthening wireless communications research

Without doubt wireless radio transmission and networks are the pillars of today's state of art in ICT technologies. Leading European research institutions, universities and industries strengthen their efforts by cooperation in the Hermes Partnership. The partnership operates as an European Centre of Excellence and offers the members a platform for in-depth scientific discussions on themes as wireless communications, network technologies, future internet and network infrastructures, Internet of Things (IoT), Personal Networks, Body Area Networks, Bio-inspired communications, Nano communications, future radio including Tera Herz technology, etc.

Hermes Partnership news:

Hermes Partners and other make progress in the realization of SmartBAN, a Smart Body Area Network technologie (Wireless BAN, Personal BAN, Personal Networks etc.) in health, wellness, leisure, sport and other relevant domains.

Modern medical and health monitoring equipment are moving towards the trend of wireless connectivity between the data collection or control centre and the medical devices or sensors. Therefore, the need for a standardised communication interface and protocol between the actors are required. This network of actors performing some medical monitoring or functions is called a Smart Body Area Network.

The SmartBAN initiative has been started after discussions within Hermes Partnership and - in particular -  after a succesfull workshop organized during BODYNETS 2012, Oslo, Norway.

Now SmartBAN is supported by a number of of outstanding industries, research organizations and academic institutions. SmartBAN is developed and faciltated under auspices of ETSI.

SmartBAN's scope includes communication media, and associated physical layer, network layer, security, QoS and lawful intercept, and also provision of generic applications and services (e.g. web) for standardisation in the area of Body Network Area technologies.

SmartBAN includes several Use Cases such as:
- Safety Monitoring
- Fall Monitoring
- Stress Monitoring
- Sleep Monitoring
- Abnormal Cardiad Rhytmn Monitoring
- Blood Pressure Fluctuation Monitoring
- Apnea Monitoring
- Monitoring in sports
- .... more
- .... more

More information on SmartBAN can be given by:
Chair of the ETSI Technical Comittee: Dr. John Farserotu, email:
ETSI technical officer: Dr. Igor Minaev, email:


More news:

Six presentations in the Hermes workshop on Sensor Communications & Tech­no­lo­­­gies, Body Area Networks, e-health Services and Standardization  held in conjunction to the 2014- 8th International Symposium on Medical Information and Communication Technology (ISMICT-2014) were accepted for publication in IEEE Xplore.
(2 july 2014)

Horizon 2020, The Horizon 2020 EC Program for Research and Innovation will initiate extensive discussions on new research directions in our working area. Find here links to Horizon 2020 information. (1 jan 2014)