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Yan Jiao, Inwhee Joe, "Markov Model-Based Energy Efficiency Spectrum Sensing in Cognitive Radio Sensor Networks", *Journal of Computer Networks and Communications*, vol. 2016, Article ID 7695278, 8 pages, 2016. https://doi.org/10.1155/2016/7695278

# Markov Model-Based Energy Efficiency Spectrum Sensing in Cognitive Radio Sensor Networks

**Academic Editor:**Pantelis-Daniel Arapoglou

#### Abstract

Cognitive Radio Sensor Network (CRSN), incorporating cognitive radio capability in wireless sensor networks, is a new paradigm of the next-generation sensor network. Sensor nodes are usually battery powered and hence have strict energy constraints. As a result, energy efficiency is also a very critical problem in the CRSN. In this paper, we focus on energy consumption because of spectrum sensing. Furthermore, we present an adaptive spectrum sensing time interval strategy, in which SUs can adjust the next spectrum sensing time interval according to the current spectrum sensing results (namely, channel status). In order to find an optimal spectrum sensing time interval, we introduce the Markov model. Then, we establish a Markov model-based mathematical modeling for analyzing the relationship between spectrum sensing time interval and prior spectrum sensing results. Finally, numerical results demonstrate that the proposed strategy with dynamic adaptive spectrum sensing time interval exceeded* listen before talk* (LBT) strategy which is widely used for traditional wireless sensor networks.

#### 1. Introduction

Wireless sensor networks (WSNs) [1] have tremendous applications in health monitoring, wildlife tracking, air pollution monitoring, and the use of it for gully pot monitoring in urban areas. Since it consists of resource-constrained sensor nodes, long network lifetime is one of the fundamental requirements in WSN. Moreover, one of the primary objectives of WSNs is to transmit a large amount of data timely and simultaneously, without using a large amount of network resources. To deal with such problems, a new sensor networking paradigm with the dynamic spectrum access scheme is involved, in which wireless sensor nodes are equipped with cognitive radio capability. This new sensor networking paradigm is known as Cognitive Radio Sensor Networks (CRSN) [2]. The main design principles and features of CRSNs are discussed openly in the literature [3–5]. There are many advantages of CRSN, such as efficient spectrum usage, good radio propagation, and flexible deployment property. However, similar to the traditional WSN, a CRSN consists of a large number of low-cost, low-power sensor nodes (namely, secondary user) that operate on limited battery energy. Furthermore, comparing to traditional WSN, the spectrum sensing process will cause more energy consumption. Above all, energy efficiency is an urgent problem in CRSN.

There are some studies which have started researching this issue. Hareesh and Singh proposed a new hybrid cooperative spectrum sensing technique which associates energy and eigenvalue based detectors to improve the energy efficiency of CRSN in [6]. In [7], Phuong and Kim proposed an intelligent power control scheme to address the communication requirement based on the interference model of cumulative interference from the entire cognitive industrial sensor networks. Liu et al. proposed a fast differential evolution algorithm to optimize the energy consumption and spectrum sensing performance jointly in [8]. In [9], Maleki et al. proposed a combined sleeping and censoring scheme as an energy-efficient spectrum sensing technique for CRSNs. However, all of these studiesoverlooked a fact that spectrum sensing time also brings tremendous influence on energy consumption in CRSN. References [10–15] have focused on the throughput maximization rather than energy efficiency of CRSN, although they consider spectrum sensing time. References [16–19] also consider a fixed spectrum sensing time interval, although they focus on energy efficiency issues.

Different from previous studies, in this paper, we focus on a dynamic spectrum sensing strategy which the next spectrum sensing time is adaptive and based on current spectrum sensing results. That is, spectrum sensing time interval is not fixed, according to the current sensing results. However, in practice, sensing results may be inaccurate due to imperfect sensing in CRSN. Hence, we adopt a Markov model to describe the state change of channel. And then, we have formulated the energy-efficient problem as that of estimating the state of the Markov model. Finally, utilizing Markov model-based state prediction, we derive thresholds on the spectrum sensing time interval for the action policy, which specifies the optimal action achieving minimum energy consumption.

The remainder of the paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, we give a description of the system. Section 3 analyzes the problem from the mathematical aspect and derives the mathematical formulated to solve the problem. Simulation results are given in Section 4 and finally we draw a conclusion in Section 5.

#### 2. System Model

##### 2.1. Network Architecture

We consider a CRSN, in which sensors with cognitive capacity work with the ISM frequency channel. In addition, we assume that PUs are TV bands and SU is a pair set of SU transmitter () and SU receiver (). SUs can access TV bands when they detect the TV bands which are not used by PUs; on the contrary, SUs work with the ISM frequency channel. We also assume that SUs can access a set of licensed frequency channels which are mutually independent [20]. The set of channels is indexed as , and each of them is assumed to occupy a bandwidth .

##### 2.2. Channel State Model

Similar to [21], a Markov chain model is applied to model the state of each channel which is shown in Figure 1. is the state of the channel in the slot , where . and are the probability of channel to transmit busy state to idle state and keep idle state, respectively. They are denoted as follows:

##### 2.3. Cognitive Radio User Operating Model

In our Model, time-slotted decentralized medium access control mechanism is adopted. Each time slot can be split up to three main subslots shown in Figure 2. At the beginning of each time slot, sensing period is reserved for identification of the available channel (idle channel). With respect to sensing result, an SU decides which channel to operate in switching period . If the channel is already used by an SU on the previous slot which is identified as the available channel, the SU does not change its operating frequency and continues its transmission. Otherwise, an SU determines a new channel which must be defined as a spectrum hole at spectrum sensing time period. The actual transmission time of SU appears in the transmission period . Furthermore, the SUs adopt the* listen before talk* strategy that SUs detect the channel of primary user in simple energy detection before they transmit the data; if the channel is sensed to be idle (state 1), the SUs transmit data. Otherwise, the channel is sensed to be busy (state 0), and the SUs must stop data transmission to keep waiting for the next result of next detection.

It has been shown that a sufficient statistic for optimal decision-making is given by the conditional probability that each channel is in state idle given all past decisions and observations [22]. The conditional idle state probability of each channel is denoted by , namely, referred to as the belief vector, where and is all past decisions and observations in slot . Therefore, the belief vector for slot can be obtained as given in where is given the sensing action denoted as which shows selecting one channel by SUs.

Due to the imperfect sensing, the main indicators to measure the performance of spectrum sensing are detecting probability , false alarm probability . determines the percentage of the idle channel that is misclassified as occupied. When increase, it means that there is less opportunistic spectrum access. We adopt simple energy detection as the underlying detection scheme here. and are defined as follows:where denotes the sensing threshold of energy detector. In order to reduce interference to the primary user, is less than object detects probability . According to [23], may be expressed as , where is the Gaussian tail probability with inverse ; is the average received signal-to-noise rate (SNR) of PU’s signal on each channel; represents the sampling frequency in hertz. Combining (2) and (3), we can obtain

#### 3. Energy Consumption Analysis of System

##### 3.1. Energy Consumption Model

Energy dissipation by a sensor node can be attributed to transmitting and receiving data. When a transmitter transmits a unit of message to a receiver and the distance of them is denoted by , so the energy consumption at the transmitter can be calculated as [24]. One haswhere is the minimum energy of receiving bit per until packet at the receiver with given modulated mode and error rate; and denote antenna gain of sender and receiver, respectively. Due to mostly sensor node with the omnidirectional antenna, values and are generally 1; is the speed of propagation light; denotes the frequency of the carrier; the propagation loss factor typically varies between 2 and 4.

##### 3.2. Energy Consumption of SU

In our system model, as mentioned above, the SUs are probably in two states: without spectrum sensing and with spectrum sensing. The former means that the SUs can transmit data with enough spectrum resource (namely, ISM frequency) so that they need not sense idle spectrum unused by PUs; the latter means that SUs have not enough spectrum resource so that they need to sense idle spectrum unused by PUs to transmit data. Hence, we analyze two cases of energy consumption for SUs as follows.

###### 3.2.1. The Energy Consumption of SU Node without Spectrum Sensing

If the SUs have enough spectrum resource to transmit data, so they need not sense spectrum. In this case, the energy consumption of CRSN like common WSN occurs in SUs transmitting phase, SUs receiving phase, and transmitting data with ISM frequency channel phase. Hence, we can obtain that the total energy consumption of bits data transmission can be expressed as where is the energy consumption of 1 bit data transmitted by ISM channel. and denote the energy consumption of SU transmitter and receiver when 1 bit data are transferred between them.

###### 3.2.2. The Energy Consumption of SU Node with Spectrum Sensing

If the SUs have not enough spectrum resource, they need to perform spectrum sensing and have an opportunity to use the idle channel without PUs. In this case, the data transmission between SU sender and SU receiver includes* sensing phase*,* decision phase*,* switching phase*,* transmission phase*, and* receiving phase*. If a channel is busy by sensing, SUs need not switch current ISM frequency channel to another channel. In this case, comparing the without spectrum sensing cases, more energy is only consumed in spectrum sensing and decision phase. Hence, the energy consumption of bits packet transmission can be expressed aswhere denotes energy consumption of spectrum sensing and denotes energy consumption by making a decision by the SU. On the other hand, the channel is sensed idle; the SU will switch to such channel for transmitting data. Hence, extra energy consumption occurs in switching phase. The energy consumption of bits data transmission can be rewritten aswhere denotes energy consumption of SU switching from the ISM channel to sensing channel in the ideal state. is the energy consumption of data transmitted by the available sensing channel.

As above, the average of energy consumption of SU that accesses channel can be expressed as Substituting (4) into (9), we can obtain (9) which is rewritten as follows:To simply formula, we use , , and which denote , , and , respectively. So we obtain (9) which can be shown as

##### 3.3. Energy Efficiency Based on Markov Model

We assume that is an interval of next spectrum sensing when current sensing result is busy. Hence, the total energy consumption of is shown asWe assume that is an interval of next spectrum sensing when current sensing result is idle. The total energy consumption between current idle state and next spectrum sensing starting is shown asWe assume that is transition probabilities metric, which can be denoted bywhere is the transition probability of the current state to the next state which is spectrum sensing time, is the number of states ( in this paper), and , is hidden state space. Hence, the transition probability matrixes and can be written as, respectively,where means that starting in state will be in state after steps.

We assume that and are the probability of sensing result, busy and idle, respectively. We can also come to a conclusion based on queuing theory:Combining (12) and (15), we can obtain total energy consumption as shown as follows:The average of the total consumed energy in unit slot can be written asHence, the problem of exchange to the optimization problem is written as follows:Equation (19) can be rewritten as (20), and the derivation process is shown in the appendix. One has According to the above-mentioned, when the optimal solution is , the CRS stop sensing. Otherwise, according to , the sensing result is busy (idle), waiting for and then sensing again.

#### 4. Simulation

In this section, we run Monte-Carlo simulations to find optimal next spectrum interval based on current spectrum results. In all simulations, we assume the parameters , , pJ/bit, m, , MHz, GHz, bit, nJ/bit, nJ/bit, mJ, and mJ.

Figure 3 demonstrates average energy consumption of in a unit slot. From Figure 3 we can find that there is an optimal solution with a certain time interval, such that value is 3. It is also verifying our idea of reduction of energy consumption through spectrum sensing with a certain time interval.

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Figure 4 shows an optimal interval of combination with different . It demonstrates that the optimal interval can be found in small probability space. That is, searching optimal interval is available in limited space. However, interval approaches infinite when increase because increase means the channel in busy state with high probability. That means it is more energy-efficient without spectrum sensing.

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Figure 5 shows average consumption in a unit slot with a different combination of . The simulation is nearly identical to the theoretical value and also demonstrates the validity of (20).

The comparison between our proposed approach, “listen before talk” approach, and without spectrum sensing approach is shown in Figure 6. From Figure 6, we can find that comparing “listen before talk” and no spectrum sensing, our proposed approach is more efficient. Particularly, sensing time interval achieves an optimal value.

Figure 7 shows that our proposed approach is better than the approach referred to in [16]. From Figure 7, we can find in our proposed approach that the sensing time is longer and the energy efficiency is more effective, since our proposed approach can adapt sensing time starting according to the prior sensing results. That is, our proposed approach does not perform spectrum sensing if the channel is busy and then reduces spectrum sensing energy consumption and improves the energy efficiency.

#### 5. Conclusion

We proposed a study using Markov model with state prediction for spectrum sensing in CRSN. There is an optimal spectrum sensing interval which reduces total energy consumption. Simulation results show that, due to nonfixed sensing time interval, the prediction scheme may reduce energy consumption. This suggests that using the precision scheme to obtain an optimal spectrum sensing time interval can alleviate the energy consumption to improve the energy efficiency of CRSN.

#### Appendix

#### The Derivation Process of (19)

We rewrite (19) as follows:because , and based on (16) and (8), is computed as follows:We can rewrite this inequality as follows: And we further rewrite this inequality as follows:where , . Hence, we can denote , where is correction parameter.

Similarly, we can denote and .

#### Conflict of Interests

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.

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