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  • 1.
    Jonsson, M.a
    et al.
    Halmstad University.
    Kunert, Kristina
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    MC-EDF: A control-channel based wireless multichannel MAC protocol with real-time support2012In: IEEE Symposium on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, ETFA 2012, 2012, p. Article number: 6489558-Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Wireless networks are making their way into new application areas which have traditionally utilized wired networks as the underlying communication medium. The migration to a wireless medium leads to a cut-down in bandwidth. Even though many parallel frequency channels are available, often only a single frequency is used by today’s standard implementations. Furthermore, application areas such as networked industrial control systems are dependent upon hard real-time services being provided by underlying layers. In order to meet this demands, and at the same time increase network bandwidth, we present a deterministic wireless multichannel MAC protocol, called MC-EDF, which can provide real-time guarantees for deadline-seeking traffic. One channel is used for control traffic, while the rest of the channels are used for data traffic. Simulation results indicate that a utilization of the data channels of 90% is reachable without any missed deadlines. © 2012 IEEE.

  • 2.
    Kunert, Kristina
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Jonsson, M.
    Halmstad University.
    Bilstrup, U.
    Halmstad University.
    Deterministic real-time medium access for cognitive industrial radio networks2012In: IEEE International Workshop on Factory Communication Systems - Proceedings, WFCS, 2012, p. 91-94Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Industrial communication often has to work in an environment where other networks or radiation create different levels of interference for the data traffic. Additionally, industrial applications often demand predictable real-time performance of the network. One way of trying to utilise the available frequencies in an effective manner is to include cognitive functionality in the network. We present a medium access control protocol for a cognitive radio network, providing deterministic medium access for heterogeneous traffic and dynamic spectrum allocation. Spectrum sensing abilities in the nodes open up for the possibility of increasing successful data transmissions, and a real-time analysis framework provides upper-bounded medium access delay in order to guarantee timely treatment of hard real-time traffic.

  • 3.
    Kunert, Kristina
    et al.
    Högskolan i Halmstad, Centrum för forskning om inbyggda system (CERES).
    Jonsson, Magnus
    Högskolan i Halmstad, Centrum för forskning om inbyggda system (CERES).
    Uhlemann, Elisabeth
    Högskolan i Halmstad, Centrum för forskning om inbyggda system (CERES).
    Exploiting time and frequency diversity in IEEE 802.15.4 industrial networks for enhanced reliability and throughput2010In: 2010 IEEE Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA), 2010, p. Article number 5641347-Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Industrial networks based on IEEE 802.15.4 are spreading, even though the joint requirement on predictability and reliability from industrial applications is hard to fulfil in wireless networks, and the data rate of IEEE 802.15.4 is rather low. With the goal of providing real-time guarantees, with increased reliability and throughput, we propose two multichannel network architectures based on IEEE 802.15.4 with predictable medium access, real-time analysis admission control and transport layer retransmissions. We evaluate the architectures in terms of reliability, utilization, delay, complexity, scalability and energy efficiency. The evaluations show that throughput and reliability can be enhanced through redundancy and concurrency in the frequency domain.

  • 4.
    Kunert, Kristina
    et al.
    Högskolan i Halmstad, Centrum för forskning om inbyggda system (CERES).
    Uhlemann, Elisabeth
    Högskolan i Halmstad, Centrum för forskning om inbyggda system (CERES).
    Jonsson, Magnus
    Högskolan i Halmstad, Centrum för forskning om inbyggda system (CERES).
    Enhancing reliability in IEEE 802.11 based real-time networks through transport layer retransmissions2010In: 2010 International Symposium on Industrial Embedded Systems (SIES), 2010, p. 146-155Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    As the number of application areas for wireless technologies grows, the need for providing both predictable and reliable communication over wireless networks becomes apparent. Cooperative embedded systems for industrial automation are one example of systems with these needs. Previously, we developed a framework for reliable real-time communication in a single-hop wireless network with a logical star topology. The framework was placed on top of IEEE 802.15.4 and combines transport layer retransmissions with real-time analysis admission control. IEEE 802.15.4 was selected due to its advantageous energy saving techniques, making it an interesting choice for wireless sensor networks in industrial contexts. However, its achievable data rate is rather low, especially when voice or video for industrial surveillance and monitoring need to be transferred. Hence, we adapt our framework to fit the IEEE 802.11 standard and evaluate its performance using a data traffic model from industrial control and surveillance systems. The performance of the framework is evaluated in terms of network utilization, message error rate and delay distribution using theoretical analysis as well as computer simulations.

     

  • 5.
    Kunert, Kristina
    et al.
    Högskolan i Halmstad, Centrum för forskning om inbyggda system (CERES).
    Uhlemann, Elisabeth
    Högskolan i Halmstad, Centrum för forskning om inbyggda system (CERES).
    Jonsson, Magnus
    Högskolan i Halmstad, Centrum för forskning om inbyggda system (CERES).
    Predictable real-time communications with improved reliability for IEEE 802.15.4 based industrial networks2010In: 2010 8th IEEE International Workshop on Factory Communication Systems (WFCS), 2010, p. 13-22Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Emerging industrial applications requiring reliable wireless real-time communications are numerous. Using existing standards such as IEEE 802.15.4 is essential for reasons of interoperability and cost efficiency. However, since 802.15.4 is unable to provide predictable channel access, real-time guarantees cannot be given. Further, the noisy wireless channel makes reliable communications particularly challenging. By adding a deterministic medium access method and a transport protocol with a truncated retransmission scheme to 802.15.4, we jointly enforce reliability and predictability. We evaluate our solution analytically by real-time schedulability analysis including retransmissions, and by computer simulations. We show that the message error rate can be improved by several orders of magnitude while keeping the utilization penalty at reasonable levels.

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