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Feng Chen, Thomas Talanis, Reinhard German and Falko Dressler, "Real-time Enabled IEEE 802.15.4 Sensor Networks in Industrial Automation," Proceedings of IEEE Symposium on Industrial Embedded Systems (SIES 2009), Lausanne, Switzerland, July 2009, pp. 136–139.


Sensor networks have been investigated in many scenarios and a good number of protocols have been developed. These basically fit the need for low-energy and low-resource operation in massively distributed environments. With the standardization of the IEEE 802.15.4 protocol, sensor networks became also an interesting topic in industrial automation. However, the requirements in this domain are quite different. The main focus is on real-time capabilities and reliability. We analyzed the IEEE 802.15.4 standard both in a simulation environment and analytically to figure out to which degree the standard fulfills these specific requirements. Our results can be used for planning and deploying IEEE 802.15.4 based sensor networks with specific performance demands. Furthermore, we clearly identified specific protocol limitations that prevent its applicability for delay bounded real-time applications. We therefore propose some protocol modifications that enable real-time operation based on standard IEEE 802.15.4 compliant sensor hardware.

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Feng Chen
Thomas Talanis
Reinhard German
Falko Dressler

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    author = {Chen, Feng and Talanis, Thomas and German, Reinhard and Dressler, Falko},
    doi = {10.1109/SIES.2009.5196207},
    title = {{Real-time Enabled IEEE 802.15.4 Sensor Networks in Industrial Automation}},
    pages = {136--139},
    publisher = {IEEE},
    address = {Lausanne, Switzerland},
    booktitle = {IEEE Symposium on Industrial Embedded Systems (SIES 2009)},
    month = {7},
    year = {2009},

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