Special Issue "Sensor/Actuator Networks’ Security and Privacy: Issues, Challenges and Solutions"

A special issue of Journal of Sensor and Actuator Networks (ISSN 2224-2708).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2017

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Hakima Chaouchi

Telecom Sud Paris, Institut Mines Telecom, 9 Rue Charles Fourier, 91000 Évry, France
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Interests: Internet of Things; wireless and mobile networks; 4G; 5G; hetnets; security and safety

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Internet of Things has reached the dimension of finalizing standards, and yet several applications are running using sensor networks and actuators in different domains, such as environment monitoring, health and well being, smart homes, smart manufacturing, and smart cities to mention few. Industrial players and academic researchers have been focused for several years on how to control the heterogeneity of Internet of Things devices, such as sensors, actuators, trackers, etc., on the other hand huge focus is also on security, safety, and privacy.

In fact, the infrastructure of large cities is becoming more and more vulnerable to natural and man-made disasters. Complex  Telecomunication infrastructures, critical dependencies, and unforeseen cascading effects can aggravate single hazard events to a threatening crisis of entire infrastructures. With a dense population and the critical dependency on infrastructures, such crises become serious threats to the safety and security of citizens and industries. When the "unforeseen" happens, public security arrives at its limits. Whether cyber, natural, or industrial disasters—effective risk management must be a continuous process that recognizes new threats and opportunities, in particular in relation to new technological evolutions.

Internet of Things (IoT) will have an enormous impact on our future infrastructures. In the context of safety and security, this is, at the same time, a challenge (How can we design IoT infrastructures to be secure and resilient?) and an opportunity (How can we use IoT for better safety and security?).

In particular, in urban environments, the increasing deployments of IoT technologies and the rise of sensored and automated cities are opening up new avenues of opportunities towards public safety and security. Although, there have been a number of deployments of diverse IoT systems, our understanding of these systems and their implications in the context of safety and security have only just scratched the surface.

This Special Issue aims to explore these dynamics within the scope of sensors and actuators networks in the context of security and privacy. The Special Issue solicits original and inspiring research contributions from technology experts, researchers, designers, practitioners in academia, authorities, and industry, and promises to offer the latest up to date results to share knowledge, experiences, and best practices, primarily in the following main application oriented themes:

  • Models, methods and tools for testing Sensor/Actuator Networks.
  • Ensuring the resilience and security of Sensor/Actuator Networks.
  • Design of resilient Sensor/Actuator Networks.
  • Detection, prevention, response and mitigation of cyber threats to Sensor/Actuator Networks.
  • Trust and identity management in Sensor/Actuator Networks.
  • Security protocols in Sensor/Actuator Networks.
  • Risk analysis and management for Sensor/Actuator Networks.
  • Threat modeling in Sensor/Actuator Networks
  • Using Sensor/Actuator Networks for crisis and emergency management
  • Sensor/Actuator Networks for threat and hazard detection
  • Sensor/Actuator Networks for situation-awareness
  • Sensor/Actuator Networks for crisis and emergency response
  • Sensor/Actuator Networks for command and control
  • Sensor/Actuator Networks for emergency forces Privacy in Sensor/Actuator Networks.
  • Security and Sensor/Actuator Networks Cloudification

Prof. Hakima Chaouchi
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Journal of Sensor and Actuator Networks is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

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Open AccessArticle Secure and Connected Wearable Intelligence for Content Delivery at a Mass Event: A Case Study
J. Sens. Actuator Netw. 2017, 6(2), 5; doi:10.3390/jsan6020005
Received: 31 January 2017 / Revised: 28 April 2017 / Accepted: 11 May 2017 / Published: 22 May 2017
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Presently, smart and connected wearable systems, such as on-body sensors and head-mounted displays, as well as other small form factor but powerful personal computers are rapidly pervading all areas of our life. Motivated by the opportunities that next-generation wearable intelligence is expected to
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Presently, smart and connected wearable systems, such as on-body sensors and head-mounted displays, as well as other small form factor but powerful personal computers are rapidly pervading all areas of our life. Motivated by the opportunities that next-generation wearable intelligence is expected to provide, the goal of this work is to build a comprehensive understanding around some of the user-centric security and trust aspects of the emerging wearable and close-to-body wireless systems operating in mass events and under heterogeneous conditions. The paper thus intends to bring the attention of the research community to this emerging paradigm and discuss the pressing security and connectivity challenges within a popular consumer context. Our selected target scenario is that of a sports match, where wearable-equipped users may receive their preferred data over various radio access protocols. We also propose an authentication framework that allows for delivery of the desired content securely within the considered ecosystem. Full article

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