Special Issue "Ubiquitous Systems and Services for IT Convergence"

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A special issue of Information (ISSN 2078-2489).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 December 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Jason C. Hung (Website)

Overseas Chinese University, Taiwan
Interests: green IT; ubiquitous computing; mobile storage; mobile computing; distributed software engineering; intelligent agent
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Shu-Ching Chen (Website)

School of Computing and Information Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA
Interests: Big Data; Mobile Multimedia; Distributed Database Systems; Multimedia Data Mining
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Young-Sik Jeong (Website)

Department of Multimedia Engineering, Dongguk University, Seoul, Korea
Interests: Cloud computing, Ubiquitous computing, Internet of Things and M2M, Cyber physical system , Ubiquitous intelligent systems, Smart appliances

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As computing power and networks have advanced, we face a novel environment called “Converged IT”. The term refers to the realization of a new IT environment where information exchange can be made via various devices, such as smart devices, intelligent systems and services, advanced vehicular communications technology, ubiquitous computing, cloud computing, etc. In addition, as pervasive computing is gradually integrated with every aspect our lives and activities, ubiquitous services are also rapidly applied to our real lives.

This Special Issue aims to address advanced IT issues and to encourage researchers to publish their results in Information. The issue will accept both original research papers and review articles that enhance the state-of-the-art in IT Convergence, its applications, and services. The papers will be peer-reviewed and selected on the basis of their quality and relevance to the Special Issue’s theme. Papers on practical as well as theoretical topics and problems are invited.

Topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Ubiquitous Systems and Services for IT Convergence
  • Intelligent Service Framework and Key elements for IT Convergence
  • Advanced Vehicular Communications Technology
  • UI/UX for IT Convergence
  • Wireless sensor and RFID for IT Convergence
  • Cyber Physical System in IT Convergence
  • Context awareness service model for IT Convergence
  • Internet of Things and M2M
  • Grid and Cloud computing
  • Advanced Cryptography and Security Issues for IT Convergence
  • Network middleware and protocols for IT Convergence
  • Intelligent Mobile Multimedia Computing
  • Smartphone and personal devices for SW
  • Security modeling in SW
  • Methods for improving either the efficiency or accuracy of M2M applications
  • Vehicle service models for IT Convergence
  • Haptic interfaces and interactions for IT Convergence

Prof. Dr. Jason C. Hung
Prof. Dr. Shu-Ching Chen
Prof. Dr. Young-Sik Jeong
Guest editors

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Keywords

  • IT Convergence
  • Hybrid of IT, BT, NT
  • Ubiquitous Systems
  • Multimodal Ubiquitous Services
  • Haptic interfaces
  • Vehicular Cloud Computing
  • Green IT
  • Cyber Physical System and Embedded SW
  • Internet of Things
  • Intelligent Mobile Multimedia
  • Convergence Security
  • Converged Video Surveillance

Published Papers (4 papers)

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Research

Open AccessArticle Design of Programmable LED Controller with a Variable Current Source for 3D Image Display
Information 2014, 5(4), 652-660; doi:10.3390/info5040652
Received: 14 August 2014 / Revised: 13 October 2014 / Accepted: 5 November 2014 / Published: 3 December 2014
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Conventional fluorescent light sources, as well as incandescent light sources are gradually being replaced by Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) for reducing power consumption in the image display area for multimedia application. An LED light source requires a controller with a low-power operation. [...] Read more.
Conventional fluorescent light sources, as well as incandescent light sources are gradually being replaced by Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) for reducing power consumption in the image display area for multimedia application. An LED light source requires a controller with a low-power operation. In this paper, a low-power technique using adiabatic operation is applied for the implementation of LED controller with a stable constant-current, a low-power and low-heat function. From the simulation result, the power consumption of the proposed LED controller using adiabatic operation was reduced to about 87% in comparison with conventional operation with a constant VDD. The proposed circuit is expected to be an alternative LED controller which is sensitive to external conditions such as heat. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Protection Method for Data Communication between ADS-B Sensor and Next-Generation Air Traffic Control Systems
Information 2014, 5(4), 622-633; doi:10.3390/info5040622
Received: 15 August 2014 / Revised: 14 November 2014 / Accepted: 18 November 2014 / Published: 1 December 2014
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Communications, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) systems utilize digital technologies, satellite systems, and various levels of automation to facilitate seamless global air traffic management. Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), the core component of CNS/ATM, broadcasts important monitoring information, such as the location, altitude, [...] Read more.
Communications, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) systems utilize digital technologies, satellite systems, and various levels of automation to facilitate seamless global air traffic management. Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), the core component of CNS/ATM, broadcasts important monitoring information, such as the location, altitude, and direction of aircraft, to the ground. However, ADS-B data are transmitted in an unencrypted (or unprotected) communication channel between ADS-B sensors and Air Traffic Control (ATC). Consequently, these data are vulnerable to security threats, such as spoofing, eavesdropping, and data modification. In this paper, we propose a method that protects the ADS-B data transmitted between ADS-B sensors and ATC using Simple Public Key Infrastructure (SPKI) certificates and symmetric cryptography. The SPKI certificates are used to grant transmission authorization to the ADS-B sensors, while symmetric cryptography is used to encrypt/decrypt the ADS-B data transmitted between the ADS-B sensors and ATC. The proposed security framework comprises an ADS-B sensor authentication module, an encrypted data processing module, and an ADS-B sensor information management module. We believe that application of the proposed security framework to CNS/ATM will enable it to effectively obviate security threats, such as ground station flood denial, ground station target ghost injection, and ADS-B data modification. Full article
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Open AccessArticle SMR-Based Adaptive Mobility Management Scheme in Hierarchical SIP Networks
Information 2014, 5(4), 535-547; doi:10.3390/info5040535
Received: 9 July 2014 / Revised: 22 September 2014 / Accepted: 28 September 2014 / Published: 21 October 2014
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In hierarchical SIP networks, paging is performed to reduce location update signaling cost for mobility management. However, the cost efficiency largely depends on each mobile node’s session-to-mobility-ratio (SMR), which is defined as a ratio of the session arrival rate to the movement [...] Read more.
In hierarchical SIP networks, paging is performed to reduce location update signaling cost for mobility management. However, the cost efficiency largely depends on each mobile node’s session-to-mobility-ratio (SMR), which is defined as a ratio of the session arrival rate to the movement rate. In this paper, we propose the adaptive mobility management scheme that can determine the policy regarding to each mobile node’s SMR. Each mobile node determines whether the paging is applied or not after comparing its SMR with the threshold. In other words, the paging is applied to a mobile node when a mobile node’s SMR is less than the threshold. Therefore, the proposed scheme provides a way to minimize signaling costs according to each mobile node’s SMR. We find out the optimal threshold through performance analysis, and show that the proposed scheme can reduce signaling cost than the existing SIP and paging schemes in hierarchical SIP networks. Full article
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Open AccessArticle VBSM: VCC-Based Black Box Service Model with Enhanced Data Integrity
Information 2014, 5(4), 526-534; doi:10.3390/info5040526
Received: 25 June 2014 / Revised: 10 October 2014 / Accepted: 13 October 2014 / Published: 17 October 2014
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Recently, intelligent transport systems have been applied to vehicle cloud environments. Such technology is especially useful for the systematic management of road traffic. Moreover, automobiles are increasingly equipped with a black box for accident prevention and preservation of evidence. Vehicle black boxes [...] Read more.
Recently, intelligent transport systems have been applied to vehicle cloud environments. Such technology is especially useful for the systematic management of road traffic. Moreover, automobiles are increasingly equipped with a black box for accident prevention and preservation of evidence. Vehicle black boxes have become mandatory because black box images and voice data have served as forensic evidence in courts. However, the data from black boxes can be forged or modified by man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks and message hijacking. In this paper, we propose a vehicle cloud computing-based black box service model that can provide integrity for black box data through digital signatures in vehicle cloud computing (VCC) environments. Our proposed model protects against MITM attacks and message hijacking using only a hash value and digital signature. Moreover, a mirroring technique (RAID 1) provides backup and recovery to protect the data from a traffic accident. Full article
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