Techniques are described herein for using parameters such as Group Temporal Key (GTK) rest lifetime, GTK whole lifetime, and frame counter length/max packets per second to acquire a safe, available, and non-repeated initial frame counter. A node may use this frame counter to communicate with its neighbor node after joining any Personal Area Network (PAN).
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Xia, Yajun; Wang, Feiliang; Zhao, Li; and Li, Chuanwei, "FRAME COUNTER IN LOW-POWER AND LOSSY NETWORK", Technical Disclosure Commons, (October 29, 2018)