On the use of directional antennas for sensor networks

Cesar Santivanez, Jason Redi

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Directional antennas have been shown to have the potential to provide dramatic increases in throughput and reduction in delay, while simultaneously requiring lower transmit power and increasing LPI/LPD and A/J qualities. Among military systems, sensor systems have a strong need for such characteristics due to their inability to move, length of deployment time, as well as a need for stealth operation. In this paper we describe and analyze significant issues for contention-based MACs for directional antennas which are of particular interest to sensor systems. We also provide a MAC design that overcomes these difficulties.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes
EventMILCOM 2003 - 2003 IEEE Military Communications Conference - Monterey, CA, United States
Duration: 13 Oct 200316 Oct 2003


ConferenceMILCOM 2003 - 2003 IEEE Military Communications Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMonterey, CA


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