Using Directional Transmissions and Receptions to Reduce Contention in Wireless Sensor Networks

Abstract

Electronically Switched Directional (ESD) antennas allow software-based control of the direction of maximum antenna gain. ESD antennas are feasible for wireless sensor network. Existing studies with these antennas focus only on controllable directional transmissions. These studies demonstrate reduced contention and increased range of communication with no energy penalty. Unlike existing literature, in this paper we experimentally explore controllable antenna directionality at both sender and receiver. One key outcome of our experiments is that directional transmissions and receptions together considerably reduce channel contention. As a result, we can significantly reduce intra-path interfer-

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@inproceedings{Varshney2013UsingDT, title={Using Directional Transmissions and Receptions to Reduce Contention in Wireless Sensor Networks}, author={Ambuj Varshney and Thiemo Voigt and Luca Mottola}, year={2013} }