Special Issue "Machine to Machine Communications and Internet of Things (IoT)"

A special issue of Information (ISSN 2078-2489). This special issue belongs to the section "Information and Communications Technology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Lorenzo Vangelista

Department of Information Engineering, Padova University, Italy
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Interests: telecommunications; signal processing; internet of things

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications and Internet of Things (IoT) are playing an ever-increasing role in our society, our economy and in the broad research on ICT at all levels. M2M and IoT are among of the most pervasive technologies, and many fields such as the industrial production, the healthcare, the energy production and distribution, the smart cities (just to name a few), the smart home are going to have M2M and IoT as their backbone and foundation.

The last few years have been exciting for IoT and M2M in many respects, including:

  • The emergence of new standards and paradigms such as NB-IoT, WiSUN, IEEE 802.11ah and the Low Power Wide Area Networks such as, for example, SigFox and LoRa
  • The emerging importance of IoT and M2M platforms from major IT companies or dedicated, for example, to the Industrial Internet of Things
  • The application of tools and techniques such as Machine Learning and Big Data to the huge amount of data generated by sensors and actuators  
  • The emergence of a number of consortia and interest groups to promote the application of  IoT and M2M in specific application domains
  • The interest, at the level of major standardization institution in ICT, such a IETF, for establishing a common IPv6 foundation for many different LPWAN including LoRa, SigFox, WiSUN and NB-IoT

Therefore, the purpose of this Special Issue is to publish high-quality research, both from academic and industrial stakeholders, and serves as an outlet for disseminating innovative solutions towards meeting the expectation of M2M and IoT communities. Original, high quality contributions that have not yet been published, submitted, or are not currently under review by other journals or peer-reviewed conferences are sought.

Prof. Lorenzo Vangelista
Guest Editor

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  • M2M
  • IoT
  • Physical layer of M2M and IoT
  • MAC protocols for M2M and IoT
  • Network protocols for M2M and IoT
  • Standardization efforts for M2M and IoT
  • Application frameworks and platforms for M2M and IoT
  • Industrial IoT
  • IoT for Smart Cities
  • Machine Learning for IoT
  • Big Data for IoT
  • Low Power Wide Area Networks

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Open AccessArticle Inspired from Ants Colony: Smart Routing Algorithm of Wireless Sensor Network
Information 2018, 9(1), 23; doi:10.3390/info9010023
Received: 14 December 2017 / Revised: 11 January 2018 / Accepted: 17 January 2018 / Published: 22 January 2018
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In brief, Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) are a set of limited power nodes, used for gathering the determined data of an area. Increasing the lifetime is the main challenge to optimize WSNs routing protocols, since the sensors’ energy in most cases is limited.
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In brief, Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) are a set of limited power nodes, used for gathering the determined data of an area. Increasing the lifetime is the main challenge to optimize WSNs routing protocols, since the sensors’ energy in most cases is limited. In this respect, this article introduces a novel smart routing algorithm of wireless sensor networks, consisting of stable nodes randomly dispersed, and this approach is inspired from ant colonies. The proposed algorithm takes into consideration the distance between two nodes, the chosen path length and the nodes’ residual energy so as to update the choice probability of the next node among the neighbouring nodes, contrary to several routing algorithms; on the one hand, the nodes are aggregating data of their predecessors and sending to all to their successors; on the other hand, the source is almost always changed in each iteration. Consequently, the energy consumption is balanced between the nodes. Hence, the network lifetime will be increased. Detailed descriptions and a set of simulation using Matlab is provided to measure the network lifetime and the energy consumed by nodes of the proposed approach are presented. The replications’ consequences of simulations prove the success of our future routing algorithm (SRA). Full article
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