Preamble MAC Protocols with Non-persistent Receivers in Wireless Sensor Networks

  • Abdelmalik Bachir
  • Martin Heusse
  • Andrzej Duda
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4982)


In preamble sampling MAC protocols, nodes keep their radios off most of the time to reduce idle listening and periodically wake up for a short time to check whether there is an ongoing transmission on the channel. Such access methods result in substantial energy savings in low traffic conditions. In this paper, we compare several representative preamble sampling MAC protocols in which receivers are non-persistent. Our analysis takes into account bit error rate and traffic load to compute energy consumption and link reliability. Our results show that two access methods obtain the longest normalized lifetime for a wide range of bit error rates: MFP (Micro Frame Preamble) and DFP (Data Frame Preamble).


Wireless Sensor Network Data Frame Channel Sampling Single Transmission Idle Listening 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abdelmalik Bachir
    • 1
  • Martin Heusse
    • 1
  • Andrzej Duda
    • 1
  1. 1.Grenoble Informatics LaboratoryGrenobleFrance

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