Open Access Research Article

Energy-Efficient Medium Access Control Protocols for Wireless Sensor Networks

Qingchun Ren* and Qilian Liang

Author Affiliations

Department of Electrical Engineering, The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019-0016, USA

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EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2006, 2006:039814  doi:10.1155/WCN/2006/39814

Published: 18 June 2006

Abstract

A key challenge for wireless sensor networks is how to extend network lifetime with dynamic power management on energy-constraint sensor nodes. In this paper, we propose two energy-efficient MAC protocols: asynchronous MAC (A-MAC) protocol and asynchronous schedule-based MAC (ASMAC) protocol. A-MAC and ASMAC protocols are attractive due to their suitabilities for multihop networks and capabilities of removing accumulative clock-drifts without any network synchronization. Moreover, we build a traffic-strength- and network-density-based model to adjust essential algorithm parameters adaptively. Simulation results show that our algorithms can successfully acquire the optimum values of power-on/off duration, schedule-broadcast interval, as well as super-time-slot size and order. These algorithm parameters can ensure adequate successful transmission rate, short waiting time, and high energy utilization. Therefore, not only the performance of network is improved but also its lifetime is extended when A-MAC or ASMAC is used.