Special Issue "Industrial IoT as IT and OT Convergence: Challenges and Opportunities"
A special issue of IoT (ISSN 2624-831X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2021.
Interests: IIoT; blockchain; software-defined networking; location/context awareness
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Interests: Internet of Things; fog/edge computing; distributed systems; mobile and pervasive computing; vehicular networks
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During the last decade, the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) and its quick and pervasive evolution has significantly revolutionized the information technology ecosystem. The IoT will consist of billions of interconnected smart objects generating and consuming a huge amount of heterogeneous data. This massive amount of information has the power to revolutionize how applications and services are designed and deployed, allowing them to work more efficiently and profitably. In this context, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) represents the fourth industrial revolution (also denoted as Industry 4.0) and is disrupting existing approaches and creating opportunities for growth in terms of innovations, developments, and disruptive business models.
Historically, on the one hand, operation technology (OT) has the role to support physical value creation and manufacturing processes involving devices, sensors, and software required to control and monitor plants and equipment. On the other hand, information technology (IT) combines all necessary information processing and technologies. Traditionally, industries have seen and handled OT and IT as two different specific domains, keeping separate technology stacks, protocols, standards, management, and organizational units. The advent of the IoT is changing this vision and, progressively, these two domains have gradually started to share common approaches and technologies. The convergence of IT and OT together with the IoT represents an appealing challenge for both the academic and the industrial research communities, with the aim of bringing enhanced performance and gains in terms of flexibility and interoperability.
This Special Issue focuses on the innovative developments, technologies, and challenges related to the convergence of IT and OT in IoT application scenarios. This Special Issue seeks the latest findings from research and ongoing projects, also including practical use cases and detailed real-world deployment toward gaining new insights. Additionally, review articles that provide readers with current research trends and solutions are also welcome. The potential topics include, but are not limited to:
- Industrial Internet of Things use cases
- Architectural and networking innovation for OT/IT interoperability
- Cybersecurity for OT/IT convergence
- IoT security protocols and IoT networking and communication security
- Adoption of edge and fog computing for the shop floor
- Cloud and edge/fog synchronization, interoperability, and hybrid architectures
- Multiple access network technologies management, e.g., 5G/fiber/ethernet
- Management of protocol heterogeneity and translation
- Digital twin as a technological enabler for new IIoT architectures and deployments
Prof. Dr. Carlo Giannelli
Dr. Marco Picone
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
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. IoT is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.