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Comparative analysis of contention based and TDMA based MAC protocols for wireless sensor networks

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Abstract

Wireless sensor networks have been widely considered as one of the most important technologies that promises wide range of applications in the field of medical, military, environment, home, agriculture, etc. A variety of Medium Access Control (MAC) protocols have been proposed for wireless sensor networks. This paper presents the comparative analysis of two MAC protocols–RI-MAC, receiver initiated asynchronous duty cycle MAC protocol which is a contention based protocol and ATMA, advertisement-based TDMA MAC protocol. The two MAC protocols are analyzed using four performance parameters such as end to end delay, throughput, packet delivery ratio and energy consumption.

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Acknowledgements

We thank Prof. Yanjun Sun and Prof. Wendi Heinzelman for sharing the source code of RI-MAC and ATMA respectively.

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Correspondence to Richa Jain.

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Jain, R. Comparative analysis of contention based and TDMA based MAC protocols for wireless sensor networks. Int. j. inf. tecnol. 12, 245–250 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s41870-018-0152-x

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Keywords

  • MAC protocols
  • Wireless sensor networks
  • Contention based
  • TDMA based