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An Adaptive IEEE 802.15.4 Data Transmission Scheme for Smart Grid Applications

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IEEE 802.15.4 networks (also known as ZigBee networks) has the features of low data rate and low power consumption. In this paper we propose an adaptive data transmission scheme which is based on CSMA/CA access control scheme, for applications which may have heavy traffic loads such as smart grids. In the proposed scheme, the personal area network (PAN) coordinator will adaptively broadcast a frame length threshold, which is used by the sensors to make decision whether a data frame should be transmitted directly to the target destinations, or follow a short data request frame. If the data frame is long and prone to collision, use of a short data request frame can efficiently reduce the costs of the potential collision on the energy and bandwidth. Simulation results demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed scheme with largely improve bandwidth and power efficiency.


  • Medium Access Control
  • Smart Grid
  • Data Frame
  • Data Request
  • Contention Access Period

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Che, Z., He, J., Tang, Z., Zhou, Y., Chen, K. (2011). An Adaptive IEEE 802.15.4 Data Transmission Scheme for Smart Grid Applications. In: Kim, Th., et al. U- and E-Service, Science and Technology. UNESST 2011. Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol 264. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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