Energy-efficient medium access control for energy harvesting communications

Xenofon Fafoutis, Alessio Di Mauro, Charalampos Orfanidis, Nicola Dragoni

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While energy consumption is widely considered the primary challenge of wireless networked devices, energy harvesting emerges as a promising way of powering the Internet of Things (IoT). In the Medium Access Control (MAC) layer of the communication stack, energy harvesting introduces spatial and temporal uncertainty in the availability of energy. In this context, this paper focuses on the design and implementation of the MAC layer of wireless embedded systems that are powered by energy harvesting; providing novel protocol features and practical experiences to designers of consumer electronics who opt for tailoring their own protocol solutions instead of using the standards.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)402-410
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics
Issue number4
Early online dateNov 2015
Publication statusPublished - 29 Dec 2015


  • medium access control
  • energy harvesting communications
  • energy harvesting - wireless sensor networks
  • internet of things


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