Robust TDA-MAC for practical underwater sensor network deployment: Lessons from usmart sea trials

Nils Morozs, Paul D. Mitchell, Yuriy Zakharov, Benjamin Sherlock, Jeffrey A. Neasham, Charalampos C. Tsimenidis, Rahul Mourya, Yvan R. Petillot, Tyler Gibney, Mauro Dragone, Mohammed E. Sayed, Alistair C. McConnell, Simona Aracri, Adam A. Stokes

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Abstract

In this paper, we present the results of deploying the first test prototype of the USMART low cost underwater sensor network in sea trials in Fort William, United Kingdom, on 29 June 2018 and 3 July 2018. We demonstrate the first ever hardware implementation of the Transmit Delay Allocation MAC (TDA-MAC) protocol for data gathering in underwater acoustic sensor networks (UASNs). The results show a successful application of TDA-MAC to remote environmental monitoring, integrating a range of sensor nodes developed by the universities of Heriot-Watt, York, Newcastle and Edinburgh. We focus on the practical challenges and their mitigation strategies related to TDA-MAC to increase its robustness in real-world deployments, compared with theoretical and simulation-based studies. The lessons learned from the sea trials reported in this paper prompted several crucial modifications to TDA-MAC which form a solid foundation for further work on the development of TDA-MAC based UASNs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th ACM International Conference on Underwater Networks and Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450361934
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Dec 2018
Event13th ACM International Conference on Underwater Networks and Systems 2018 - Shenzhen, China
Duration: 3 Dec 20185 Dec 2018

Conference

Conference13th ACM International Conference on Underwater Networks and Systems 2018
Abbreviated titleWUWNet 2018
CountryChina
CityShenzhen
Period3/12/185/12/18

Keywords

  • Medium Access Control
  • Sea Trials
  • TDA-MAC
  • Underwater Acoustic Network
  • Wireless Sensing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Software

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