Design of a MAC Protocol for e-Emergency WSNs

  • Óscar Gama
  • Paulo Carvalho
  • Paulo M. Mendes
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7656)


The wide adoption of WSNs in healthcare is still conditioned by quality of service (QoS) issues, namely at the MAC level. Medium access protocols currently available for WSNs are incapable of providing the required QoS to healthcare applications in scenarios of emergency or intensive medical care. To fill this lacuna, this paper introduces a MAC protocol presenting novel concepts to assure the QoS of e-emergency WSNs. Preliminary validation tests showed that the proposed protocol presents a good performance regarding data transmission robustness without sacrificing the power consumption efficiency.


Sensor Node Wireless Sensor Network Data Packet Wireless Body Area Network Beacon Frame 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Óscar Gama
    • 1
  • Paulo Carvalho
    • 1
  • Paulo M. Mendes
    • 1
  1. 1.Centro AlgoritmiUniversidade do MinhoBragaPortugal

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