A survey of link quality properties related to transmission power control protocols in wireless sensor networks

Jack Bryan Hughes, Pavlos Lazaridis, Ian Glover, Andrew Ball

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Transmission Power Control (TPC) protocols are poised for wide spread adoption in wireless sensor networks (wSNs) to address energy constraints. The link quality properties that need to be captured in order to identify the optimum transmission power (TP) have not been clearly defined and previous works have presented conflicting views on the matter. This has led to several current TPC protocols using vastly different link quality properties and reporting unreliable, unstable and inefficient network performance. In this work, observations from several empirical studies on low-power wireless links are applied to identify the most critical properties of link quality for a TPC protocol. Comparing the requirements against currently available link quality estimators, it is shown that link quality estimation in wSNs is still very much an open challenge and one that must be addressed in order to implement an accurate and reliable TPC protocol.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 23rd IEEE International Conference on Automation and Computing (ICAC)
EditorsJie Zhang
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780701702618, 9780701702601
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2017
Event23rd International Conference on Automation and Computing: Addressing Global Challenges through Automation and Computing - University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Sep 20178 Sep 2017
Conference number: 23
https://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/conferencedetails/index.html?Conf_ID=41042 (Link to Conference Website)


Conference23rd International Conference on Automation and Computing
Abbreviated titleICAC 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
OtherThe scope of the conference covers a broad spectrum of areas with multi-disciplinary interests in the fields of automation, control engineering, computing and information systems, ranging from fundamental research to real-world applications.
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