Time-Synchronization Challenges and Techniques

  • Weilian Su
Part of the Signals and Communication Technology book series (SCT)

The advancement of Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems technology, wireless communications, and digital electronics has enabled the development of lowcost, low-power, multifunctional sensor nodes that are small in size and communicate untethered in short distances. The sensor nodes may be used in military, environmental, and commercial applications. Each of these applications may require a different level of clock precision among the sensor nodes. For example, the clock precision required for security time-stamping and target tracking may be different. In addition, sensor nodes with a common view of time may fuse and display voice and video data in a meaningful way. Also, they may be able to use Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) to access the channel and turn off the radio whenever possible to save energy. Thus, time synchronization is needed for different types of services that require coordination and precision. If services do not require time, then time synchronization may be an overhead for the sensor networks.


Sensor Network Sensor Node Time Synchronization Master Node Time Division Multiple Access 
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  • Weilian Su
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  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringNaval Postgraduate SchoolCanada

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