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Medium Access Control in Wireless Sensor Networks
Wei Ye and John Heidemann
USC/Information Sciences Institute


Wei Ye and John Heidemann. Medium Access Control in Wireless Sensor Networks. Technical Report ISI-TR-2003-580. USC/Information Sciences Institute. [PDF] [alt PDF]


This paper reviews medium access control (MAC), an enabling technology in wireless sensor networks. MAC protocols control how sensors access a shared radio channel to communicate with neighbors. Battery-powered wireless sensor networks with many nearby nodes challenge traditional MAC design. This paper discusses design trade-offs with an emphasis on energy efficiency. It classifies existing MAC protocols and compares their advantages and disadvantages in the context of sensor networks. Finally, it presents S-MAC as an example of a MAC protocol designed specifically for a sensor network, illustrating one combination of design trade-offs.

Bibtex Citation

  author = {Ye, Wei and Heidemann, John},
  title = {Medium Access Control in Wireless Sensor Networks},
  institution = {USC/Information Sciences Institute},
  year = {2003},
  sortdate = {2003-10-01},
  project = {ilense, macss, scadds},
  jsubject = {sensornet_subtransport},
  number = {ISI-TR-2003-580},
  month = oct,
  note = {To appear as a chapter in \emph{Wireless Sensor
                           Networks}, Taieb Znati, Krishna M. Sivalingam
                           and Cauligi Raghavendra (eds.), Kluwer
                           Academic Publishers},
  location = {johnh: pafile},
  keywords = {MAC survey paper, book chapter},
  otherurl = {},
  url = {},
  pdfurl = {},
  psurl = {},
  myorganization = {USC/Information Sciences Institute},
  copyrightholder = {authors}
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