Sensors 2014, 14(2), 2663-2682; doi:10.3390/s140202663

Standardized Low-Power Wireless Communication Technologies for Distributed Sensing Applications

1 Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3), Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) C/Roc Boronat 117, Barcelona 08018, Spain 2 Berkeley Sensors and Actuators Center, University of California Berkeley 403 Cory Hall #1774, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA 3 Department, Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC) Av. Carl Friedrich Gauss 7, Castelldefels 08860, Spain 4 Signal Theory and Communications Group, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) Av. Esteve Terradas 7, C4-204, Castelldefels 08860, Spain
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Received: 2 January 2014; in revised form: 26 January 2014 / Accepted: 29 January 2014 / Published: 10 February 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue State-of-the-Art Sensors Technology in Spain 2013)
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Abstract: Recent standardization efforts on low-power wireless communication technologies, including time-slotted channel hopping (TSCH) and DASH7 Alliance Mode (D7AM), are starting to change industrial sensing applications, enabling networks to scale up to thousands of nodes whilst achieving high reliability. Past technologies, such as ZigBee, rooted in IEEE 802.15.4, and ISO 18000-7, rooted in frame-slotted ALOHA (FSA), are based on contention medium access control (MAC) layers and have very poor performance in dense networks, thus preventing the Internet of Things (IoT) paradigm from really taking off. Industrial sensing applications, such as those being deployed in oil refineries, have stringent requirements on data reliability and are being built using new standards. Despite the benefits of these new technologies, industrial shifts are not happening due to the enormous technology development and adoption costs and the fact that new standards are not well-known and completely understood. In this article, we provide a deep analysis of TSCH and D7AM, outlining operational and implementation details with the aim of facilitating the adoption of these technologies to sensor application developers.
Keywords: low-power wireless; wireless sensor networks; radio frequency identification; medium access control; time-slotted channel hopping; DASH7 alliance mode

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Vilajosana, X.; Tuset-Peiro, P.; Vazquez-Gallego, F.; Alonso-Zarate, J.; Alonso, L. Standardized Low-Power Wireless Communication Technologies for Distributed Sensing Applications. Sensors 2014, 14, 2663-2682.

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Vilajosana X, Tuset-Peiro P, Vazquez-Gallego F, Alonso-Zarate J, Alonso L. Standardized Low-Power Wireless Communication Technologies for Distributed Sensing Applications. Sensors. 2014; 14(2):2663-2682.

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Vilajosana, Xavier; Tuset-Peiro, Pere; Vazquez-Gallego, Francisco; Alonso-Zarate, Jesus; Alonso, Luis. 2014. "Standardized Low-Power Wireless Communication Technologies for Distributed Sensing Applications." Sensors 14, no. 2: 2663-2682.

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