"A Survey of MAC Protocols in Wireless Sensor Networks", 52nd IWK – Internationales Wissenschaftliches Kolloquium, Ilmenau, Germany, 11-13 September 2007.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Andreas Mitschele-Thiel
Dr.-Ing. Ali Diab
Dr.-Ing. Mohamed Abdrabou Kalil
- Wireless sensor networks are one of the most important technologies of the 21st century. A sensor network is a network of smallest computers, which are equipped with sensors and collaborate to perform a common task. A network of these devices has a wide range of potential applications including environmental monitoring, intelligent facility surveillance, medical systems and robotic exploration.
Many Medium Access Control (MAC) protocols have been specifically designed for wireless sensor networks where energy awareness is an essential design issue. In this paper we present a survey of the current MAC protocols for wireless sensor networks. We highlight the state of the art compare between these protocols with respect to the sources of energy waste.