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HMC-MAC Protocol for High Data Rate Wireless Sensor Networks

Clermont University, University of Auvergne, LIMOS, BP 10448, F-63000, Clermont-Ferrand, France CNRS, UMR 6158, LIMOS, F-63173 Aubiere, France
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Academic Editor: Trung Dung Ngo
Electronics 2015, 4(2), 359-379;
Received: 23 April 2015 / Accepted: 9 June 2015 / Published: 15 June 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks)
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Using multiple channels in wireless sensor networks helps increase the overall throughput and avoid interferences. In addition, introducing multi-interface nodes further helps in increasing the packet delivery rate for those specific nodes. In this paper, we evaluate a channel allocation method based on neighborhood discovery up to 3 hops and a hybrid MAC protocol designed for high data rate wireless sensor networks. We propose a network segmentation that takes into consideration the existence of multi-interface sink in order to further increase to packet delivery ratio. Our protocol, called HMC-MAC, uses Time Devision Multiple Access (TDMA) for sequencing nodes activity, and Carrier Sense Multiple Access (CSMA)/CA with Frequency Devision Multiple Access (FDMA) for simultaneous data exchange. We evaluated our method using NS2 simulator and results show that HMC-MAC protocol improves the overall network performance compared to other protocols especially with high data rate and burst traffic. View Full-Text
Keywords: wireless sensor networks, MAC protocol, multi-channel, multi-hop wireless sensor networks, MAC protocol, multi-channel, multi-hop

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Chalhoub, G.; Diab, R.; Misson, M. HMC-MAC Protocol for High Data Rate Wireless Sensor Networks. Electronics 2015, 4, 359-379.

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