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An isochronous medium access for real-time wireless communications in industrial automation systems - A use case for wireless clock synchronization

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2 Author(s)
Trsek, H. ; inIT - Inst. Ind. IT, Ostwestfalen-Lippe Univ. of Appl. Sci., Lemgo, Germany ; Jasperneite, J.

Wireless technologies are increasingly deployed in factory automation systems, because they are able to provide several advantages, e. g., a higher level of mobility, more flexibility, and at the same time causing lower costs. However, the requirements of industrial applications in terms of real-time communication can not be satisfied by existing wireless technologies, such as IEEE 802.11Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs). This is due to their unpredictable behaviour and the introduction of delays beyond acceptable bounds, mainly caused by a non-deterministic medium access. Hence, the proposed wireless communication system provides real-time communication services based on the IEEE 802.11 protocol family. In this paper we present a new isochronous medium access control mechanism, called IsoMAC. The paper addresses IsoMAC and shows how, in combination with a suitable wireless clock synchronization, IsoMAC is able to satisfy the typical constraints of soft real-time flows found on the factory floor. A simulation case study is provided that shows the achievable update times of the proposed combination.

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Precision Clock Synchronization for Measurement Control and Communication (ISPCS), 2011 International IEEE Symposium on

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12-16 Sept. 2011

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