A Novel Real-Time MAC Protocol Exploiting Spatial and Temporal Channel Diversity in Wireless Industrial Networks

  • Kavitha Balasubramanian
  • G. S. Anil Kumar
  • G. Manimaran
  • Z. Wang
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4297)


Wireless technology is increasingly finding its way into industrial communication because of the tremendous advantages it is capable of offering. However, the high bit error rate characteristics of wireless channel due to conditions like attenuation, noise, channel fading and interference seriously impact the timeliness and guarantee that need to be provided for real-time traffic. Existing wired protocols including the popular PROFIBUS perform unfavorably when extended or adapted to the wireless context. Other wireless protocols proposed either do not adapt well to erroneous channel conditions or do not provide real-time guarantees. In this paper, we present a novel real-time MAC (Medium Access Control) protocol that is specifically tailored to the message characteristics and requirements of the industrial environments. The protocol exploits both the spatial and temporal diversity of the wireless channel to effectively schedule real-time messages in the presence of bursty channel error conditions. Simulation results show that the proposed protocol achieves much better loss rate compared to baseline protocols under bursty channel conditions.


Medium Access Control Message Size Exchange Protocol Wireless Node Central Scheduler 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kavitha Balasubramanian
    • 1
  • G. S. Anil Kumar
    • 1
  • G. Manimaran
    • 1
  • Z. Wang
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Electrical and Computer EngineeringIowa State UniversityAmesUSA

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