Special Issue "The Emergence of Internet of Things (IoT): Connecting Anything, Anywhere?"

A special issue of Computers (ISSN 2073-431X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 October 2018)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Md Arafatur Rahman

Faculty of Computer Systems & Software Engineering, University Malaysia Pahang, Kuantan, Malaysia
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Interests: wireless communication; Internet of Things; wireless sensor network; vehicular networks; cognitive radio networks; 5G
Guest Editor
Dr. A. Taufiq Asyhari

Centre for Electronic Warfare, Information and Cyber, Cranfield University, Shrivenham, UK
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Interests: communication techniques for Internet-of-Things (IoT); MIMO wireless communications; nano-molecular communications; error-correcting codes and capacity analysis; channel modelling and estimation for mobile wireless networks; throughput-reliability-security trade-offs in wireless networks; information theory for Big Data and its applications

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Internet of Things (IoT) is an emerging technology for enabling physical objects into smart things with the help of existing network infrastructure. The applications of IoT outrun every sector of our modern communication paradigm, which provides users with smart services. Using the ubiquitous computing capability of IoT provides a platform for collecting heterogeneous and massive amounts of data from different smart devices, which paves the way for decision making using Big Data analytics. IoT is expected to make complex information systems that sum up the fusion of Cloud, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Collecting and processing private information from the deployment of autonomous objects in IoT is becoming a main concern in term of privacy and security challenges. By developing architecturally-complete interoperability frameworks we can conserve security issues in the different application domains of IoT environments.

The current situation raises new challenges for researchers to develop new applications that take advantage of existing technology, as well as contribute to improve them. This implies topics such as cloud computing, smart vehicular system, new security tools, new uses and applications, Big Data tools in IoT data analytics, communication protocols adapted to these concrete experiences, etc.

This Special Issue will cover the latest contributions to IoT application frameworks. Appropriate topics include, but are not limited to:

  • State of art on IoT
  • IoT on Environmental monitoring
  • IoT on Healthcare
  • IoT on Security and surveillance
  • IoT on Smart environment (home, offices, cities)
  • IoT on Transportation and logistics (automotive)
  • IoT Enabling technologies
  • IoT enabled Semantic web technologies
  • IoT and Cloud computing
  • IoT and Big Data
  • IoT enabled Technology based Learning

Dr. Md. Arafatur Rahman
Dr. A. Taufiq Asyhari
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • IoT
  • Smart object
  • Framework
  • Protocols
  • Technology
  • Application
  • Security
  • Mobile computing
  • Cloud services
  • Data collection
  • Big Data

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Open AccessArticle Making Sense of the World: Framing Models for Trustworthy Sensor-Driven Systems
Received: 6 September 2018 / Revised: 30 October 2018 / Accepted: 12 November 2018 / Published: 15 November 2018
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Sensor-driven systems provide data and information that facilitate real-time decision-making and autonomous actuation, as well as enable informed policy choices. However, can we be sure that these systems work as expected? Can we model them in a way that captures all the key
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Sensor-driven systems provide data and information that facilitate real-time decision-making and autonomous actuation, as well as enable informed policy choices. However, can we be sure that these systems work as expected? Can we model them in a way that captures all the key issues? We define two concepts: frames of reference and frames of function that help us organise models of sensor-based systems and their purpose. Examples from a smart water distribution network illustrate how frames offer a lens through which to organise and balance multiple views of the system. Frames aid communication between modellers, analysts and stakeholders, and distinguish the purpose of each model, which contributes towards our trust that the system fulfils its purpose. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Ontology Middleware for Integration of IoT Healthcare Information Systems in EHR Systems
Received: 14 September 2018 / Revised: 28 September 2018 / Accepted: 4 October 2018 / Published: 8 October 2018
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Healthcare sectors have been at the forefront of the adoption and use of IoT technologies for efficient healthcare diagnosis and treatment. Because healthcare IoT sensor technology obtains health-related data from patients, it needs to be integrated with the electronic healthcare records (EHR) system.
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Healthcare sectors have been at the forefront of the adoption and use of IoT technologies for efficient healthcare diagnosis and treatment. Because healthcare IoT sensor technology obtains health-related data from patients, it needs to be integrated with the electronic healthcare records (EHR) system. Most EHR systems have not been designed for integration with IoT technology; they have been designed to be more patient-centric management systems. The use of the IoT in EHR remains a long-term goal. Configuring IoT in EHR can enhance patient healthcare, enabling health providers to monitor their patients outside of the clinic. To assist physicians to access data resources efficiently, a data model that is semantic and flexible is needed to connect EHR data and IoT data that may help to provide true interoperability and integration. This research proposes a semantic middleware that exploits ontology to support the semantic integration and functional collaborations between IoT healthcare Information Systems and EHR systems. Full article
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Open AccessFeature PaperArticle Performance Evaluation of HARQ Schemes for the Internet of Things
Received: 20 August 2018 / Revised: 14 September 2018 / Accepted: 21 September 2018 / Published: 25 September 2018
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Hybrid Automatic Repeat reQuest (HARQ) techniques are widely employed in the most important wireless systems, e.g., the Long Term Evolution (LTE) cellular standard, to increase the reliability of the communication. Despite these schemes have been widely studied in literature in the past several
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Hybrid Automatic Repeat reQuest (HARQ) techniques are widely employed in the most important wireless systems, e.g., the Long Term Evolution (LTE) cellular standard, to increase the reliability of the communication. Despite these schemes have been widely studied in literature in the past several years, the recent results obtained by Polyanskiy, Poor, and Verdú on the finite-blocklength regime disclosed new possibilities for the research on HARQ schemes. Indeed, new communications trends, which are usually part of the Internet of Things (IoT) paradigm, are characterized by very short packet sizes and a high reliability requirement and, therefore, they call for efficient HARQ techniques. In many scenarios, the energy efficiency of the communication plays a key role as well. In this paper, we aim at providing a comprehensive performance comparison of various kinds of HARQ schemes in the context of short-packet transmissions with energy constraints. We derive optimal power allocation strategies and we show that a minimum 50% energy saving can be achieved after very few transmission attempts if we enable packet combining at the receiver side. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Connecting Smart Objects in IoT Architectures by Screen Remote Monitoring and Control
Received: 22 August 2018 / Revised: 14 September 2018 / Accepted: 22 September 2018 / Published: 24 September 2018
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Electronic visual display enabled by touchscreen technologies evolves as one of the universal multimedia output methods and a popular input intermediate with touch–interaction. As a result, we can always gain access of an intelligent machine by obtaining control of its display contents. Since
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Electronic visual display enabled by touchscreen technologies evolves as one of the universal multimedia output methods and a popular input intermediate with touch–interaction. As a result, we can always gain access of an intelligent machine by obtaining control of its display contents. Since remote screen sharing systems are also increasingly prevalent, we propose a cross-platform middleware infrastructure which supports remote monitoring and control functionalities based on remote streaming for networked intelligent devices such as smart phone, computer and smart watch, etc. and home appliances such as smart refrigerator, smart air-conditioner and smart TV, etc. We aim to connect all these devices with display screens, so as to make possible remote monitoring and controlling a certain device by whichever one (usually the nearest one) of display screens among the network. The system is a distributed network consisting of multiple modular nodes of server and client, and is compatible to prevalent operating systems such as Windows, macOS, Unix-like/Linux and Android, etc. Full article
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