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  A Survey on Schedule-Based MAC Protocols for Wireless Sensor Networks  
  Authors : Abul Kalam Azad; M. Humayun Kabir; Md. Bellal Hossain
  Cite as: ijcsn.org/IJCSN-2013/2-6/IJCSN-2013-2-6-149.pdf


In the last few years wireless sensor networks (WSN) have gained much research as well as commercial interest due to their wide range of application specially deployed in hazardous, hostile or remote areas. WSN-MAC protocols are generally classified as contention-based and schedule-based protocols. This paper discusses the properties of WSN-MAC protocols and the challenges of schedule-based MAC protocols. Then it surveys by describing several schedule-based MAC protocols for WSN which follows a comparison by emphasizing their strength and weaknesses with some other properties. Finally open research issues on MAC layer of WSN are also discussed.


Published In : IJCSN Journal Volume 2, Issue 6

Date of Publication : 01 December 2013

Pages : 120 - 128

Figures : 09

Tables : 02

Publication Link : ijcsn.org/IJCSN-2013/2-6/IJCSN-2013-2-6-149.pdf




Abul Kalam Azad : received his B.Sc. (Engg.) degree from the department of Computer Science and Telecommunication Engineering of Noakhali Science and Technology University, Bangladesh in 2010. Currently he is pursuing his research based masters degree program in the Institute of Information and Communication Technology of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh. He has been serving as a Lecturer in Computer Science and Telecommunication Engineering department of Noakhali Science and Technology University of Bangladesh since 15, March 2012. His research interest include on wireless sensor networks, wireless communication systems and embedded system design.

M. Humayun Kabir : received B.Sc. (Honors) and M.Sc. degrees in 1993 and 1995 respectively from the Department of Applied Physics and Electronics, the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He got Ph.D. in system engineering from the department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Kitami Institute of Technology, Hokkaido, Japan. He was a Lecturer and an Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Information Technology, The University of Comilla, Bangladesh. He is working as an Associate Professor and the head of the department of Computer Science and Telecommunication Engineering at Noakhali Science and Technology University, Sonapur, Noakhali-3814. His research work concerned about finding an acceptable procedure for ‘Transmission Loss Allocation’ in the deregulated power market. Now his research work concerns about developing communication protocols.

Md. Bellal Hossain : received his B.Sc. Engineering degree from the department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh. He served as a Lecturer of the department of Basic Engineering of Noakhali Science and Technology University since August 2007. He has been serving as an Assistant Professor of the department of Computer Science and Telecommunication Engineering since August 2010. His research interests include micro wave communication and ad hoc networking systems.








Wireless Sensor Network (WSN)

Medium Access Control

MAC Protocols

Scheduled based MAC Protocol

Energy Efficiency



In this paper, a survey of schedule–based MAC protocols in wireless sensor networks has been presented. The paper begins by introducing the properties of MAC layer followed by schedule-based protocol challenges. We have briefly described nine schedule-based MAC protocols. Finally, we have presented the merits and demerits of the protocols with other performance metrics. We expect that this survey will be useful to choose MAC protocol for satisfactory and efficient operation in specific application.










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