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Johannes Blobel, Christoph Sommer and Falko Dressler, "Protocol Options for Low Power Sensor Network MAC using Wake-up Receivers with Duty Cycling," Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC 2016), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 2016, pp. 3925–3930.


Advances in miniaturization of sensor nodes enable a wide range of novel application scenarios. At the same time, however, this miniaturization drastically reduces the energy available for communication. We focus on wildlife monitoring applications for bats, which set a weight limit of 2g for the sensor node including the battery. Here, the protocol design is complicated by the need to recharge a capacitor before each communication attempt. For communications with ground stations, wake-up receivers are used that inherently help mitigate synchronization demands and to provide a superframe structure. We study the not obvious choice of transmission slots within these synchronized superframes. Our findings clearly indicate that slotted access outperforms simple random channel access. Well-planned TDMA schedules only bring little gain compared to random slot selection.

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Johannes Blobel
Christoph Sommer
Falko Dressler

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    author = {Blobel, Johannes and Sommer, Christoph and Dressler, Falko},
    doi = {10.1109/ICC.2016.7511318},
    title = {{Protocol Options for Low Power Sensor Network MAC using Wake-up Receivers with Duty Cycling}},
    pages = {3925--3930},
    publisher = {IEEE},
    address = {Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia},
    booktitle = {IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC 2016)},
    month = {5},
    year = {2016},

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