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MAC Protocols Used by Wireless Sensor Networks and a General Method of Performance Evaluation

Kabara, Joseph and Calle, Maria (2012) MAC Protocols Used by Wireless Sensor Networks and a General Method of Performance Evaluation. International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks, 8 (1). p. 834784. ISSN 1550-1477

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Many researchers employ IEEE802.15.4 as communication technology for wireless sensor networks (WSNs). However, medium access control (MAC) layer requirements for communications in wireless sensor networks (WSNs) vary because the network is usually optimized for specific applications. Thus, one particular standard will hardly be suitable for every possible application. Two general categories of MAC techniques exist: contention based and schedule based. This paper explains these two main approaches and includes examples of each one. The paper concludes with a unique performance analysis and comparison of benefits and limitations of each protocol with respect to WSNs.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Kabara, Joseph
Calle, Maria
Date: 2012
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks
Volume: 8
Number: 1
Publisher: SAGE Publishing
Page Range: p. 834784
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1155/2012/834784
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Information Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1550-1477
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Article Type: Research Article
Date Deposited: 04 May 2020 17:40
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 17:40


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