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International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 495127, 11 pages
Research Article

A Scalable MAC Protocol Supporting Simple Multimedia Traffic QoS in WSNs

Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul 120-749, Republic of Korea

Received 15 February 2011; Revised 20 April 2011; Accepted 25 May 2011

Copyright © 2011 JeongSeok On et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Wireless sensor networks (WSNs) are a vibrant research field for the last several years. Especially, design of MAC protocols supporting multimedia traffic QoS is recent challenging work. However, the mechanisms of protocols that can guarantee multimedia traffic QoS have several problems in multihop wireless sensor networks. There are a lot of reasons, including limited end-to-end delay and high throughput. In this paper, we propose ascalable MAC protocol that guarantees multimedia traffic, still images, and scalar sensor data QoS in multi-hop wireless sensor networks. The MAC protocol has made it possible to transmit multimedia streaming traffic without a great change of the end-to-end delay for a specific time. And if there are the some link failures in multi-hop transmission, the protocol can recover the links quickly. Using this algorithm, the proposed MAC protocol outperforms the IEEE 802.11e EDCF and the IEEE 802.15.4 MAC protocol in terms of the end-to-end delay and stable transmission of multimedia streaming data.