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Efficient and Reliable MAC-Layer Broadcast for IEEE 802.15.4 Wireless Sensor Networks

Abstract : IEEE 802.15.4 represents a widely used MAC-layer standard for Wireless Sensor Networks. In multihop topologies, the protocol exploits a cluster-tree and organizes the transmis- sions by alternating sleeping and active periods in a superframe delimited by beacons. In this paper, we propose a new Contention Broadcast Only Period to limit beacon collisions and to reduce bandwidth wastage due to variable beacon durations. We adopt a CSMA-approach during the Contention Broadcast Only Period to efficiently deliver both beacon and broadcast packets. We also propose to use broadcast sequence numbers for a reliable MAC- layer broadcast delivery, for both cluster-tree and radio neigh- bors. Simulations with realistic conditions prove the relevance of this approach. We increase energy savings by reducing idle listening, and improve the MAC-layer broadcast reliability for both radio and cluster-tree delivery.
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Oana Iova, Fabrice Theoleyre, Mengchuan Zou, Jialiang Lu. Efficient and Reliable MAC-Layer Broadcast for IEEE 802.15.4 Wireless Sensor Networks. IFIP/IEEE Wireless and Mobile Networking Conference (WMNC), May 2014, Villamoura, Portugal. ⟨10.1109/WMNC.2014.6878876⟩. ⟨hal-01206369⟩



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