The main goal of the ZigBee technology is to enable WSNs composed of large number of
nodes to function with reduced energy consumption. Most WSN technologies like Mica
Motes use ZigBee in order toachieve higher lifetime levels for their WSN applications.
The ZigBee network architecture is based on the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI), however
exclusively the more important layers wereimplemented. ZigBee adopts the IEEE 802.15.4
standard, which only defines the lower layers: the physical layer and the MAC layer
The physical layer may operate on two frequencies868/915MHz or 2.4GHz, with 16
channels and 250Kbps of maximum transmission rate. The IEEE 802.15.4 MAC layer is
based on the Carrier Sense Multiple Access with Collision Avoidance (CSMA‐CA)
mechanism.Note that ZigBee technology differs from other wireless technologies due to
several reasons: lower data transmission rate, lower energy consumption, lower cost, higher
self organization and moreflexible network topologies (ZigBee, 2010).
The IEEE 802.15.4 standard has been proposed in 2003 and has become a de facto standard
for low energy consumption and low data rate transmission networks. TheIEEE 802.15.4
MAC protocol supports two kinds of operational modes that can be selected by a central
node called Personal Area Network (PAN) coordinator. The two modes are:
Beaconless mode:where MAC protocol functions are based on a CSMA/CA without
Beacon mode: where beacons are periodically sent by the PAN coordinator in order to
synchronize nodes that are associatedwith it and to delimit a superframe. During the
superframe duration all node transmission must occur. Moreover, during the contention
period of this frame the MAC protocol is ruled by the slottedCSMA/CA. The IEEE
802.15.4 with beacon mode can use the synchronization and the contention free period
that is based on a guaranteed slot time.
Thus, the ZigBee Alliance is responsible for the ZigBee...
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