Special Issue "MAC Protocols in Wireless Sensor Networks"

A special issue of Journal of Sensor and Actuator Networks (ISSN 2224-2708).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 February 2016)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. David Tung Chong Wong

Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), 1 Fusionopolis Way, #21-01 Connexis (South Tower), Singapore 138632, Singapore
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Interests: MAC protocols for wireless ad hoc and sensor networks, cooperative networks, cognitive networks, millimeter wave networks, WiFi networks, 4G/5G cellular networks, maritime networks, satellite networks and emerging networks
Guest Editor
Dr. Qian Chen

Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), 1 Fusionopolis Way, #21-01 Connexis (South Tower), Singapore 138632, Singapore
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Interests: MAC protocol design for wireless ad hoc and sensor networks, cognitive radio networks and cellular networks, and millimeter wave communications and 5G techniques
Guest Editor
Dr. Tony T. Luo

Research Scientist, Programme Lead, Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore
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Interests: Internet of Things, IoT analytics, machine learning, mobile crowdsensing, crowdsourcing
Guest Editor
Prof. Fan Wu

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 3-537 SEIEE Building, 800 Dongchuan Road, Shanghai 200240, P.R. China
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Interests: wireless networking and mobile computing; algorithmic network economics, security, cloud computing; and distributed computing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, there has been a tremendous growth of new applications for Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs). Sensors are used in smart cities, intelligent road transportation/vehicular networks, smart traffic junctions, car parks, healthcare and personal well-being applications, location-based services, and the Internet of Things. The transport of information collected from source sensor nodes to sink nodes is primarily achieved through the communication links between these nodes and  intermediate nodes. These communication links convey network communication connectivity from the source nodes to the sink nodes, where the information is processed. To route information from source sensors through packet frames, routing protocols are needed at the network layer. At a lower link layer, medium access control (MAC) protocols are needed for the communication links between sensor nodes. The design of MAC protocols affects the throughput, latency, lifetime, and energy-efficiency of a Wireless Sensor Network. Thus, good MAC protocol designs are needed to achieve good tradeoffs among the aforementioned parameters.

Traditional MAC protocols are either Single-Channel-based or Multi-Channel-Based in Wireless Sensor Networks. Recently, new Cooperative and Cognitive MAC protocols have been proposed for Wireless Sensor Networks. In addition, there are also emerging standard MAC protocols for Wireless Sensor Networks. Furthermore, there are also limited theoretical analyses of MAC protocols in Wireless Sensor Networks. Thus, this Special Issue solicits high-quality papers to advance the field of MAC protocols in Wireless Sensor Networks.

Topics of Interest

The coverage of this Special Issue covers topics such as, but not limited to:

New Single-Channel MAC Protocols
New Multi-Channel MAC Protocols
New Cooperative MAC Protocols
New Cognitive MAC Protocols
New Directional MAC Protocols
New Heterogeneous Traffic MAC Protocols
New Energy-Adaptive MAC Protocols for Energy Harvesting WSNs
New Energy-Efficient MAC Protocols for Network Lifetime Extension
New Cross-Layer MAC Protocols
Emerging Standards’ MAC Protocols
Theoretical Analyses of MAC Protocols
Implementations/Experiments/Evaluations of MAC Protocols
New Applications/Deployments/Network Architectures for MAC Protocols in WSNs
Survey of MAC Protocols in WSNs

Dr. David Tung Chong Wong
Dr. Qian Chen
Dr. Tony Tie Luo
Mr. Alvin C. Valera
Guest Editors

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Open AccessArticle A Cooperative MAC Protocol for a M2M Heterogeneous Area Network
J. Sens. Actuator Netw. 2016, 5(3), 12; https://doi.org/10.3390/jsan5030012
Received: 18 March 2016 / Revised: 22 July 2016 / Accepted: 25 July 2016 / Published: 28 July 2016
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With the increasing demand of Machine to Machine (M2M) communications and Internet of Things (IoT) services it is necessary to develop a new network architecture and protocols to support cost effective, distributed computing systems. Generally, M2M and IoT applications serve a large number
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With the increasing demand of Machine to Machine (M2M) communications and Internet of Things (IoT) services it is necessary to develop a new network architecture and protocols to support cost effective, distributed computing systems. Generally, M2M and IoT applications serve a large number of intelligent devices, such as sensors and actuators, which are distributed over large geographical areas. To deploy M2M communication and IoT sensor nodes in a cost-effective manner over a large geographical area, it is necessary to develop a new network architecture that is cost effective, as well as energy efficient. This paper presents an IEEE 802.11 and IEEE 802.15.4 standards-based heterogeneous network architecture to support M2M communication services over a wide geographical area. For the proposed heterogeneous network, we developed a new cooperative Carrier Sense Multiple Access with Collision Avoidance (CSMA/CA) medium access control (MAC) protocol to transmit packets using a shared channel in the 2.4 GHz ISM band. One of the key problems of the IEEE 802.11/802.15.4 heterogeneous network in a dense networking environment is the coexistence problem in which the two protocols interfere with each other causing performance degradation. This paper introduces a cooperative MAC protocol that utilizes a new signaling technique known as the Blank Burst (BB) to avoid the coexistence problem. The proposed MAC protocol improves the network QoS of M2M area networks. The developed network architecture offers significant energy efficiency, and operational expenditure (OPEX) and capital expenditure (CAPEX) advantages over 3G/4G cellular standards-based wide area networks. Full article
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