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A Study on Event-Driven TDMA Protocol for Wireless Sensor Networks

EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking20102010:169132

  • Received: 14 February 2010
  • Accepted: 3 November 2010
  • Published:


MAC protocol controls the activity of wireless radio of sensor nodes directly so that it is the major consumer of sensor energy and the energy efficiency of MAC protocol makes a strong impact on the network performance. TDMA-based MAC protocol is inherently collision-free and can rule out idle listening since nodes know when to transmit. However, conventional TDMA protocol is not suitable for event-driven applications. In this paper, we present ED-TDMA, an event-driven TDMA protocol for wireless sensor networks. Then we conduct extensive simulations to compare it with other MAC protocols such as BMA, S-MAC, and LMAC. Simulation results show that ED-TDMA performs better for event-driven application in wireless sensor networks with high-density deployment and under low traffic.


  • Energy Efficiency
  • Sensor Node
  • Wireless Sensor Network
  • System Application
  • Network Performance

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Authors’ Affiliations

School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, 6 10054, China
Deparment of Computer Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, 200242, China


© Haigang Gong et al. 2010

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