Networking

Duty Cycle Control for Low-Power-Listening MAC Protocols

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Executive Summary

Energy efficiency is of the utmost importance in wireless sensor networks. The family of Low-Power-Listening MAC protocols was proposed to reduce one form of energy dissipation - idle listening, a radio state for which the energy consumption cannot be neglected. Low-Power-Listening MAC protocols are characterized by a duty cycle: A node probes the channel every ti s of sleep. A low duty cycle favors receiving nodes because they may sleep for longer periods of time, but at the same time, contention may increase locally, thereby reducing the number of packets that can be sent. The authors propose two new approaches to control the duty cycle so that the target rate of transmitted packets is reached, while the consumed energy is minimized.

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