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van Hoesel, L.F.W. and Chatterjea, S. and Havinga, P.J.M. (2004) A Low-Latency, Information-Centric Medium Access Protocol for Wireless Sensor Networks. In: Proceedings ProRISC 2004, Veldhoven. pp. 45-52. Technology Foundation STW. ISBN 90-73461-43-X
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In this paper we present a novel TDMA-based medium access control (MAC) protocol for wireless sensor networks. Unlike conventional MAC protocols which function independently of the application, we introduce an Adaptive, Information-centric and Lightweight MAC(AI-LMAC) protocol that adapts its operation depending on the requirements of the application. We also present a completely localised data management framework that helps capture information about traf?c patterns in the network. This information is subsequently used by AI-LMAC to modify its operation accordingly. We present preliminary results showing how the MAC protocol ef?ciently manages the issues of fairness, latency and message buffer management.
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