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.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Carlo Giannelli
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Guest Editor
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (DMI), University of Ferrara, Via Giuseppe Saragat, 1 - 44122 Ferrara, Italy
Interests: IIoT; blockchain; software-defined networking; location/context awareness
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Dr. Marco Picone
Website SciProfiles
Guest Editor
Department of Sciences and Methods for Engineering (DISMI), University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Via Amendola 2, Pad. Morselli, 42121 Reggio Emilia, Itlay
Interests: Internet of Things; fog/edge computing; distributed systems; mobile and pervasive computing; vehicular networks
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

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
Guest Editors

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.

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Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Approach in Node-RED: Application and Discussions
IoT 2020, 1(1), 76-91; https://doi.org/10.3390/iot1010005 - 10 Aug 2020
The Internet of Things (IoT) represents the binder of two worlds, specifically the real one and the digital one: tangible objects become recognizable in the virtual world, having digital matches, thus creating a network that enables the connection in-between the components. With the [...] Read more.
The Internet of Things (IoT) represents the binder of two worlds, specifically the real one and the digital one: tangible objects become recognizable in the virtual world, having digital matches, thus creating a network that enables the connection in-between the components. With the contemporary evolution of this domain, interconnectivity has become a primary fraction of new research and development directions. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a concept that covers the more industrial level of the physical and digital connection and stays behind the Industry 4.0 concept. Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) applications are important in the industry, their core being very present as complex products of big companies, at high prices. The Node-RED environment quickly evolved as one of the most important perspectives in IIoT, able to replace, up to a certain level, classic SCADA applications, bringing benefits to the industry. In this paper, the main focus is to evidence this aspect and to develop an application that will demonstrate the functionality of the concept, making use of protocols such as Modbus TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) for interacting with industrial devices and Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) to interact with higher-levels, which provides a publish-subscribe structuring and a low band-width usage. The application uses logging and archiving modules based on InfluxDB database and is conceived to achieve the visual supervisory structure as close as possible to well-known SCADA solutions. The presented work results prove the efficiency of the solution. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Industrial IoT as IT and OT Convergence: Challenges and Opportunities)
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