Multiple Service Class TDMA Protocol for Healthcare Applications

Sophia Athanasiadou, Georgios Papadimitriou, Petros Nicopolitidis

Abstract

A novel medium access control (MAC) protocol designed for healthcare environments is proposed. The protocol is aimed to support different Classes of Service (CoS) with diverse needs, each including different kinds of medical applications. The highest priority class includes Tactile Internet applications, that require an end-to-end latency of less than 1 msec, while the rest of the classes are assigned graded priorities.The proposed protocol provides the highest priority class with the required bandwidth and guaranteed low delay while the other classes, which also include critical applications, do not starve. Two protocol versions are introduced with the second version exhibiting very good performance in terms of average delay and throughput.

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