Cross-Layer Protocols for Energy Efficient Wireless Sensor Networking (CrossNet)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$120,000.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911NF-04-C-0006
Agency Tracking Number:
A032-2986
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
ALPHATECH, INC.
6 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA, 01803
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
094841665
Principal Investigator:
Brian DeCleene
Director, Advanced Networ
(781) 273-3388
bdecleene@alphatech.com
Business Contact:
Jack Barry
Contracts Manager
(781) 273-3388
jbarry@alphatech.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The goal of this Phase 1 SBIR is to refine and evaluate an integrated cross-layer wireless networking protocol suite that spans OSI layers 2 (link) through 4 (transport) and reduces energy consumption in sensor networks. Early analysis suggests that an order of magnitude reduction in energy consumption over traditional approaches is achievable for typical UGS scenarios by combining services across layers. Our innovation combines novel extensions in link-layer MAC scheduling and hop-by-hop repair services with recent network layer research in minimum energy diversity routing. The link-layer services may also be used to control power modes of emerging radios for further cross-layer performance gains. In all, the combination promises to eliminate major sources of energy consumption including idle listening, control signaling, congestion hot-spots, and packet retransmissions due to channel errors. The approach leverages our existing sensor network simulation testbed developed under NSF funding to evaluate the energy, throughput, and latency performance against alternative solutions. The technology developed under this SBIR is anticipated to have broad application to army sensor networks as well as public commercial wireless systems and plant automation.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

Agency Micro-sites


SBA logo

Department of Agriculture logo

Department of Commerce logo

Department of Defense logo

Department of Education logo

Department of Energy logo

Department of Health and Human Services logo

Department of Homeland Security logo

Department of Transportation logo

Enviromental Protection Agency logo

National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo

National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government