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A Survey of MAC Protocols for Mission-Critical Applications in Wireless Sensor Networks

Suriyachai, P. and Roedig, U. and Scott, Andrew (2012) A Survey of MAC Protocols for Mission-Critical Applications in Wireless Sensor Networks. Communications Surveys & Tutorials, IEEE, 14 (2). pp. 1-25. ISSN 1553-877X

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Abstract

Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) are generally designed to support applications in long-term deployments, and thus WSN protocols are primarily designed to be energy efficient. However, the research community has recently explored new WSN applications such as industrial process automation. These mission-critical applications demand not only energy efficient operation but also strict data transport performance. In particular, data must be transported to a sink in a timely and reliable fashion. Both WSN's data transport performance and energy consumption pattern are mainly defined by the employed medium access control (MAC) protocol. Therefore, this survey paper explores to what extent existing MAC protocols for WSNs can serve mission-critical applications. The reviewed protocols are classified according to data transport performance and suitability for mission-critical applications. The survey reveals that the existing solutions have a number of limitations and only a few recently developed MAC protocols are suitable for this application domain.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Communications Surveys & Tutorials, IEEE
Uncontrolled Keywords: Delay ; Media Access Protocol ; Mission critical systems ; Monitoring ; Reliability ; Wireless sensor networks
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
ID Code: 49455
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 08 Aug 2011 12:52
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2013 08:26
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/49455

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