Efficient Cooperative Anycasting for AMI Mesh Networks

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Gormus S., Bocus M. Z.

IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM), Georgia, United States Of America, 9 - 13 December 2013, pp.2661-2666 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
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  • Doi Number: 10.1109/glocom.2013.6831476
  • City: Georgia
  • Country: United States Of America
  • Page Numbers: pp.2661-2666


We have, in recent years, witnessed an increased interest towards enabling a Smart Grid which will be a corner stone to build sustainable energy efficient communities. An integral part of the future Smart Grid will be the communications infrastructure which will make real time control of the grid components possible. Automated Metering Infrastructure (AMI) is thought to be a key enabler for monitoring and controlling the customer loads. This paper proposes an efficient cooperative anycasting approach for wireless mesh networks with the aim of achieving reduced traffic and increased utilisation of the network resources. The proposed cooperative anycasting has been realised as an enhancement on top of the Routing Protocol for Low Power and Lossy Networks (RPL), a connectivity enabling mechanism in wireless AMI mesh networks. In this protocol, smart meter nodes utilise an anycasting approach to facilitate efficient transport of metering data to the concentrator node. Moreover, it takes advantage of a distributed approach ensuring scalability.