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1 University of Bristol Bristol 2 SICS - Swedish ICT 3 FUN - Self-organizing Future Ubiquitous Network Inria Lille - Nord Europe

Abstract : Time-Slotted Channel Hopping from the IEEE 802.15.4-2015 standard requires that network nodes are tightly time-synchronized. Existing implementations of TSCH on embedded hardware are characterized by tens-of-microseconds large synchronization errors; higher synchronization accuracy would enable reduction of idle listening time on receivers, in this way decreasing the energy required to run TSCH. For some applications, it would also allow to replace dedicated time synchronization mechanisms with TSCH. We show that time synchronization errors in the existing TSCH implementations on embedded hardware are caused primarily by imprecise clock drift estimations, rather than by real unpredictable drift variance. By estimating clock drift more precisely and by applying adaptive time compensation on each node in the network, we achieve microsecond accuracy time synchronization on point-to-point links and a

Author: Atis Elsts - Simon Duquennoy - Xenofon Fafoutis - George Oikonomou - Robert Piechocki - Ian Craddock -

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