Traffic Adaptive Contention Differentiation Scheme for LR-WPANs

Wook KIM  Heungwoo NAM  Sunshin AN  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E92-D   No.10   pp.1945-1948
Publication Date: 2009/10/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1587/transinf.E92.D.1945
Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: Special Section LETTER (Special Section on New Technologies and their Applications of the Internet)
Category: QoS and Quality Management
contention differentiation,  QoS support,  adaptive transmission control,  energy efficiency,  wireless ubiquitous network,  802.15.4,  LR-WPAN,  

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IEEE 802.15.4 is a new standard, uniquely designed for low rate wireless personal area networks (LR-WPANs). It targets ultra-low complexity, cost, and power, for low-data-rate wireless connectivity. However, one of the main problems of this new standard is its insufficient, and inefficient, media access control (MAC) for priority data. This paper introduces an extended contention access period (XCAP) concept for priority packets, also an traffic adaptive contention differentiation utilizing the XCAP (TACDX). The TACDX determines appropriate transmission policy alternatively according to the traffic conditions and type of packet. TACDX achieves not only enhanced transmission for priority packets but it also has a high energy efficiency for the overall network. The proposed TACDX is verified with simulations to measure the performances.