Medium Access Control Methods in Sensor and Actuator Based Wireless Networks - A Review


  • Parveen Sultana HABIBULLAH School of Computing Science and Engineering, Vellore Institute of Technology University
  • Nalini NAGENDHIRAN School of Computing Science and Engineering, Vellore Institute of Technology University


Medium Access Control, sensor, actuator, CPS, CSMA, backoff mechanism


The objective of this review paper is to discuss the various channel access methodologies applied in various sensor and actuation based wireless networks. In most of Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) researchers have focused on priority centered approaches for channel accessibility. This paper also explains the procedure for Medium Access Control (MAC) in Cyber Physical Systems (CPSs) which is a combination of Wireless Sensor Actuator Networks (WSANs) and WSNs. Finally, we discuss the successive collision avoidance technique using the IEEE 802.11 MAC protocol, and also brief on how the Internet of Thing (IoT) approach connects and transfers information among smart devices linked in a wireless network.


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HABIBULLAH, P. S., & NAGENDHIRAN, N. (2016). Medium Access Control Methods in Sensor and Actuator Based Wireless Networks - A Review. Walailak Journal of Science and Technology (WJST), 14(4), 267–274. Retrieved from