The growth of the IP cameras market, due to their low price and high availability, is making Wireless Video Sensor Networks (WVSNs) attractive. In a mesh, multi-hop video surveillance scenario Wi-Fi is the enabling technology for WVSNs, due to its flexibility and low cost. However, WVSNs still suffer from bad performance, throughput unfairness, and energy inefficiency.
Previously, we proposed FM-WiFIX+, a holistic solution to address the problem. FM-WiFIX+ uses FM radio to signal when a video sensor should turn its IEEE 802.11 interface OFF, thus saving energy. Herein, we present a new traffic-aware version of FM-WiFIX+. The results obtained through numerical, simulation, and experimental evaluation demonstrate that the new version can achieve savings in energy consumption up to 84 %, while maintaining the levels of performance and throughput fairness.