Networking

ATPM: An Energy Efficient MAC Protocol With Adaptive Transmit Power Scheme for Wireless Sensor Networks

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Executive Summary

The MAC protocol for wireless sensor networks is different from traditional wireless MACs such as IEEE 802.11. Energy conservation is one of the most important goals, while per-node fairness and latency are less important. This paper proposes an energy efficient MAC protocol with adaptive transmit power scheme based on SMAC/AL named ATPM (Adaptive Transmit Power MAC). In SMAC/AL, all the nodes transmit data with a fixed power level, no matter how close the involved nodes are. The proposed ATPM can calculate the distance between the sender and the receiver by measuring the received power, and then adaptively decide the appropriate transmit power level according to the propagation model and distance.

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