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A Conceptual Model of Measurement Uncertainty in IoT Sensor Networks

Faculty of Telecommunications, Computer Science and Technology, UTP University of Science and Technology, 85-796 Bydgoszcz, Poland
Environmental Informatics Research Group, School of Mechanical Engineering, Aristotle University, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
Institute of Management and Finance, WSB University in Gdansk, 80-266 Gdansk, Poland
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Academic Editor: Antonio Puliafito
Sensors 2021, 21(5), 1827;
Received: 15 January 2021 / Revised: 26 February 2021 / Accepted: 3 March 2021 / Published: 5 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Measurement Uncertainty in IoT Networks)
The growing popularity of inexpensive IoT (Internet of Things) sensor networks makes their uncertainty an important aspect of their adoption. The uncertainty determines their fitness for purpose, their perceived quality and the usefulness of information they provide. Nevertheless, neither the theory nor the industrial practice of uncertainty offer a coherent answer on how to address uncertainty of networks of this type and their components. The primary objective of this paper is to facilitate the discussion of what progress should be made regarding the theory and the practice of uncertainty of IoT sensor networks to satisfy current needs. This paper provides a structured overview of uncertainty, specifically focusing on IoT sensor networks. It positions IoT sensor networks as contrasted with professional measurement and control networks and presents their conceptual sociotechnical reference model. The reference model advises on the taxonomy of uncertainty proposed in this paper that demonstrates semantic differences between various views on uncertainty. This model also allows for identifying key challenges that should be addressed to improve the theory and practice of uncertainty in IoT sensor networks. View Full-Text
Keywords: measurement uncertainty; IoT sensor networks; conceptual model measurement uncertainty; IoT sensor networks; conceptual model
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Cofta, P.; Karatzas, K.; Orłowski, C. A Conceptual Model of Measurement Uncertainty in IoT Sensor Networks. Sensors 2021, 21, 1827.

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