Ad Hoc Networks. 11th EAI International Conference, ADHOCNETS 2019, Queenstown, New Zealand, November 18–21, 2019, Proceedings

Research Article

Medium Access Control for Flying Ad Hoc Networks Using Directional Antennas: Challenges, Research Status, and Open Issues

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-030-37262-0_10,
        author={Lingjun Liu and Laixian Peng and Renhui Xu and Wendong Zhao},
        title={Medium Access Control for Flying Ad Hoc Networks Using Directional Antennas: Challenges, Research Status, and Open Issues},
        proceedings={Ad Hoc Networks. 11th EAI International Conference, ADHOCNETS 2019, Queenstown, New Zealand, November 18--21, 2019, Proceedings},
        proceedings_a={ADHOCNETS},
        year={2020},
        month={1},
        keywords={FANET Directional antenna MAC protocol},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-030-37262-0_10}
    }
    
  • Lingjun Liu
    Laixian Peng
    Renhui Xu
    Wendong Zhao
    Year: 2020
    Medium Access Control for Flying Ad Hoc Networks Using Directional Antennas: Challenges, Research Status, and Open Issues
    ADHOCNETS
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-37262-0_10
Lingjun Liu1,*, Laixian Peng1,*, Renhui Xu1,*, Wendong Zhao1,*
  • 1: Army Engineering University of PLA
*Contact email: chaconne2013@foxmail.com, lxpeng@hotmail.com, xurenhui@aa.seu.edu.cn, nj_mouse@163.com

Abstract

As flying ad hoc networks (FANETs) are increasingly used in military and civilian scenarios, and the utilization of directional antennas can significantly increase the communication distance between UAVs and anti-interception capability of transmission, the research on media access control (MAC) protocols using directional antennas has become a new research hotspot. In this paper, we first summarize the design elements and requirements of directional MAC protocols for FANETs are summarized considering the characteristics of FANETs and the challenges brought by directional antennas. Based on the classification of channel access mechanisms, contention and scheduling based MAC protocols for FANETs with directional antennas are then reviewed. Finally, the characteristics and performance of various typical protocols are compared and analyzed. Problems that need to be further addressed are summarized, expecting to provide some illumination for those researchers engaged in this field.