Date Added: Jun 2012
The low-energy consumption of IEEE 802.15.4 networks makes it a strong candidate for Machine-To-Machine (M2M) communications. As multipleM2M applications with 802.15.4 networks may be deployed closely and independently in residential or enterprise areas, supporting reliable and timely M2M communications can be a big challenge especially when potential hidden terminals appear. In this paper, the authors investigate two scenarios of 802.15.4 network-basedM2Mcommunication. An analytic model is proposed to understand the performance of uncoordinated coexisting 802.15.4 networks. Sleep mode operations of the networks are taken into account. Simulations verified the analytic model. It is observed that reducing sleep time and overlap ratio can increase the performance of M2M communications. When the networks are uncoordinated, reducing the overlap ratio can effectively improve the network performance.