An adaptive IEEE 802.15.4 MAC layer transmission scheme for applications with heterogeneous traffic

Yi Zhou, Jianhua He, Kai Chen, Zuoyin Tang, Yue Li

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IEEE 802.15.4 networks has the features of low data rate and low power consumption. It is a strong candidate technique for wireless sensor networks and can find many applications to smart grid. However, due to the low network and energy capacities it is critical to maximize the bandwidth and energy efficiencies of 802.15.4 networks. In this paper we propose an adaptive data transmission scheme with CSMA/CA access control, for applications which may have heavy traffic loads such as smart grids. The adaptive access control is simple to implement. Its compatibility with legacy 802.15.4 devices can be maintained. Simulation results demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed scheme with largely improved bandwidth and power efficiency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8451-8456
Number of pages6
JournalInformation: An Interdisciplinary Journal in English, Japanese and Chinese
Issue number12 A
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013



  • 802.15.4
  • Analytic model
  • Frame collision
  • Frame corruption

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