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Efficient MAC Protocols for Wireless Sensor Networks Endowed with Directive Antennas: A Cross-Layer Solution
EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking volume 2007, Article number: 037910 (2007)
This paper deals with a novel MAC layer protocol, namely, directive synchronous transmission asynchronous reception (D-STAR) able to space-time synchronize a wireless sensor network (WSN). To this end, D-STAR integrates directional antennas within the communications framework, while taking into account both sleep/active states, according to a cross-layer design. After characterizing the D-STAR protocol in terms of functional characteristics, the related performance is presented, in terms of network lifetime gain, setup latency, and collision probability. It has shown a remarkable gain in terms of energy consumption reduction with respect to the basic approach endowed with omnidirectional antennas, without increasing the signaling overhead nor affecting the setup latency.
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Manes, G., Fantacci, R., Chiti, F. et al. Efficient MAC Protocols for Wireless Sensor Networks Endowed with Directive Antennas: A Cross-Layer Solution. J Wireless Com Network 2007, 037910 (2007) doi:10.1155/2007/37910
- Wireless Sensor Network
- Network Lifetime
- Energy Consumption Reduction
- Collision Probability
- Directional Antenna