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Wireless Sensor Networks
Wei Ye and John Heidemann
USC/Information Sciences Institute


Wei Ye and John Heidemann. Wireless Sensor Networks. Kluwer Academic Publishers. 73–92.


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 = {Wireless Sensor Networks},
  chapter = {Medium Access Control in Wireless Sensor Networks},
  note = {Chapter 4, C. S. Raghavendra, Krishna Sivalingam, Ty Znati, editors},
  publisher = {Kluwer Academic Publishers},
  year = {2004},
  sortdate = {2004-01-01},
  project = {ilense, macss, scadds},
  jsubject = {sensornet_subtransport},
  pages = {73--92},
  location = {johnh: not on file},
  keywords = {s-mac, MAC, in [Znati04a]},
  url = {},
  myorganization = {USC/Information Sciences Institute},
  copyrightholder = {Kluwer Academic Publishers},
  availability = {
  This paper is available only as a chapter in the book \emph{Wireless
  Sensor Networks}, Ty Znati, Krishna Sivalingam, C. S. Raghavendra, editors.
  A similar but different version
  is available electronically.
Copyright © by John Heidemann