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The use of clustered wireless multihop networks in industrial settings

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4 Author(s)
Urban Bilstrup ; Centre for Research on Embedded Systems Halmstad University Box 823, SE-301 18, Sweden ; Katrin Bilstrup ; Bertil Svensson ; Per-Arne Wiberg

This paper suggests a cluster collision avoidance mechanism and a dual transceiver architecture to be used in a clustered wireless multihop network. These two contributions make the clustered wireless multihop network the preferred architecture for future industrial wireless networks. The wireless multihop cluster consists of one master and several slaves, where some of the slaves will act as gateways between different clusters. Frequency hopping spread spectrum is used on a cluster level and to avoid frequency collisions between clusters a "neighbor cluster collision avoidance mechanism" is proposed and evaluated through simulations. To break up the dependence between the clusters, introduced by the gateway nodes, each node is equipped with two transceivers. The paper is concluded with a suggestion to use a clustered wireless multihop network with orthogonal hopping sequences for an industrial setting.

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2007 IEEE Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (EFTA 2007)

Date of Conference:

25-28 Sept. 2007