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MAC Protocols for Wireless Sensor Networks

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Contribution to book (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2010
Author Braun Torsten, Anwander Markus, Hurni Philipp,
Project Traffic Adaptivity in Wireless Sensor Networks
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Contribution to book (peer-reviewed)

Book Next Generation Mobile Networks and Ubiquitous Computing
Editor , Samuel Pierre
Publisher IGI Global, Hershey
Page(s) 165 - 174
ISBN 9781605662503
Title of proceedings Next Generation Mobile Networks and Ubiquitous Computing
DOI 10.4018/978-1-60566-250-3.ch016


The chapter describes related work on medium access control protocols for wireless sensor nodes. We focus on scheduled and contention-based protocols that have been proposed by the research community during the last few years. In particular, we evaluate the potential to save energy of several representative protocols, namely LMAC, TEEM, and WiseMAC. This has been done by measurements of implementations in real sensor networks. The measurement results show that by sophisticated MAC protocol design we can significantly improve the energy-efficiency and increase the lifetime of a sensor node. Real-world measurements are important to determine power consumption parameters of sensor nodes.