TR2010-063

A Modified Beacon-Enabled IEEE 802.15.4 MAC Emergency Response Applications


    •  Mehta, A.; Bhatti, G.M.; Sahinoglu, Z.; Viswanathan, R.; Zhang, J., "A Modified Beacon-Enabled IEEE 802.15.4 MAC Emergency Response Applications", IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications (ISCC), June 2010.
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      • @inproceedings{Mehta2010jun,
      • author = {Mehta, A. and Bhatti, G.M. and Sahinoglu, Z. and Viswanathan, R. and Zhang, J.},
      • title = {A Modified Beacon-Enabled IEEE 802.15.4 MAC Emergency Response Applications},
      • booktitle = {IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications (ISCC)},
      • year = 2010,
      • month = jun,
      • url = {http://www.merl.com/publications/TR2010-063}
      • }
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    Electronics & Communications, Wireless Communications


IEEE 802.15.4 specification for MAC and PHY offers a standard for general purpose wireless sensor networks. The TG4e of IEEE 802.15 is currently engaged in defining a specification particularly suitable for industrial and commercial applications, which impose severe constraints of low latency and high reliability. In this work, we present a simple MAC scheme to address these requirements of emergency response sensing applications for wireless sensor networks. We evaluate the proposed scheme for varying channel and traffic load conditions using simulations. Our results show that the latency and packet loss rate performance of emergency response traffic, consisting of guaranteed time slot (GTS) frames, significantly improves in comparison with the performance of original IEEE 802.15.4 MAC. The proposed MAC was also evaluated for potential adverse impact on the non-critical traffic, which consists of frames that use contention access period (CAP) of the superframe. It is shown that under realistic load conditions, the impact on the CAP traffic is minimal.