Give me a hint: An ID-free small data transmission protocol for dense IoT devices

Yi Ren, Ren Jie Wu, Teng Wei Huang, Yu-Chee Tseng

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IoT (Internet of Things) has attracted a lot of attention recently. IoT devices need to report their data or status to base stations at various frequencies. The IoT communications observed by a base station normally exhibit the following characteristics: (1) massively connected, (2) lightly loaded per packet, and (3) periodical or at least mostly predictable. The current design principals of communication networks, when applied to IoT scenarios, however, do not fit well to these requirements. For example, an IPv6 address is 128 bits, which is much longer than a 16-bit temperature report. Also, contending to send a small packet is not cost-effective. In this work, we propose a novel framework, which is slot-based, schedule-oriented, and identity-free for uploading IoT devices' data. We show that it fits very well for IoT applications. The main idea is to bundle time slots with certain hashing functions of device IDs, thus significantly reducing transmission overheads, including device IDs and contention overheads. The framework is applicable from small-scale body-area (wearable) networks to large-scale massively connected IoT networks. Our simulation results verify that this framework is very effective for IoT small data uploading.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 Wireless Days, WD 2017
EditorsHenrique Salgado, Jose Ruela, Luis Pessoa, Filipe Teixeira, Manuel Ricardo, Rui Campos, Ricardo Morla
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509058563
StatePublished - 2 May 2017
Event2017 Wireless Days, WD 2017 - Porto, Portugal
Duration: 29 Mar 201731 Mar 2017

Publication series

Name2017 Wireless Days, WD 2017


Conference2017 Wireless Days, WD 2017


  • Communication Protocol
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Machine-Type-Communication
  • Small data transmission
  • Wireless Network

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