An ultra-low-power medium access control protocol for body sensor network

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© 2005 IEEE. In this paper, BSN-MAC, a medium access control (MAC) protocol designed for Body Sensor Networks (BSNs) is proposed. Due to the traffic coupling and sensor diversity characteristics of BSNs, common MAC protocols can not satisfy the unique requirements of the biomedical sensors in BSNs. BSN-MAC exploits the feedback information from the deployed sensors to form a closed-loop control of the MAC parameters. A control algorithm is proposed to enable the BSN coordinator to adjust parameters of the IEEE 802.15.4 superframe to achieve both energy efficiency and low latency on energy critical nodes. We evaluate the performance of BSN-MAC by comparing it with the IEEE 802.15.4 MAC protocol using energy efficiency as the primary metric.

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IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference