An Adaptive Acknowledgement On-demand Protocol for Wireless Sensor Networks

Cung Lian Sang, Marc Hesse, Sebastian Zehe, Michael Adams, Timm Hörmann, Ulrich Rückert


The concept of packet acknowledgement in wireless communication networks is crucial for reliable data transmission. However, reliability comes with the cost of an increased duty cycle of the network. This is due to the additional acknowledgement time for every single data packet sent. Therefore, energy consumption and latency of all sensor nodes is increased whilst the overall throughput in the network decreases. This paper contributes an adaptive acknowledgement on-demand protocol for wireless sensor networks with star network topology. The goal is to tackle the trade-off between energy efficiency and reliable data transmission. The proposed protocol is able to detect network congestion in real time by constantly monitoring the overall packet delivery ratio for each sensor node. In case the packet delivery ratio of any sensor nodes in the network is dropped significantly (e.g. due to environmental changes), the protocol switches automatically to a more reliable data transmission mode utilizing acknowledgements concerning the affected sensor nodes. Our proposed method is tested and evaluated based on a specific hardware implementation and the corresponding results are discussed in this paper.


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Paper Citation

in Harvard Style

Lian Sang C., Hesse M., Zehe S., Adams M., Hörmann T. and Rückert U. (2017). An Adaptive Acknowledgement On-demand Protocol for Wireless Sensor Networks . In Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Sensor Networks - Volume 1: SENSORNETS, ISBN 978-989-758-211-0, pages 174-181. DOI: 10.5220/0006208501740181

in Bibtex Style

author={Cung Lian Sang and Marc Hesse and Sebastian Zehe and Michael Adams and Timm Hörmann and Ulrich Rückert},
title={An Adaptive Acknowledgement On-demand Protocol for Wireless Sensor Networks},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Sensor Networks - Volume 1: SENSORNETS,},

in EndNote Style

JO - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Sensor Networks - Volume 1: SENSORNETS,
TI - An Adaptive Acknowledgement On-demand Protocol for Wireless Sensor Networks
SN - 978-989-758-211-0
AU - Lian Sang C.
AU - Hesse M.
AU - Zehe S.
AU - Adams M.
AU - Hörmann T.
AU - Rückert U.
PY - 2017
SP - 174
EP - 181
DO - 10.5220/0006208501740181