Special Issue "IoT for Development (IoT4D)"

A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903). This special issue belongs to the section "Internet of Things".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 February 2019)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Marco Zennaro

International Centre for Theoretical Physics, ICT4D Laboratory, Trieste, Italy
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Interests: wireless networking; Internet of Things; ICT4D; long wireless links; wireless link planning; IoT4D (IoT for Development)
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Pietro Manzoni

Department of Computer Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de València, Camino de Vera, s/n 46022, Valencia, Spain
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Phone: +34-96.387.7007 Ext. 75726
Fax: +34-96.387.7579
Interests: Smart Mobile Systems; Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS); Opportunistic Networking; Smart Cities; Internet of Things
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Sandor Markon

Kobe Institute of Computing, Graduate School of Information Technology, Spain
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Interests: ICT4D, IoT, machine learning

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As the deployment of IoT networks is expanding due to the continual decrease in the size, cost, and energy consumption of wireless devices, there are many developmental challenges that the IoT can address: food safety can be checked, water quality can be monitored, air quality can be measured, landslides can be detected, and mosquitoes can be counted in cities in real time.

Regarding applications that are relevant to developing countries, IoT solutions are emerging in many fields, including water quality, agriculture, air quality monitoring, animal tracking, and disease mapping. IoT can also benefit scientists from developing countries in bridging the so-called scientific divide. If the digital divide is defined as the gap between those with regular and effective access to digital technologies and those without, then the scientific divide can be defined as the gap between those with access to scientific data and those without. Collection of empirical data has enabled advances in science and contributed to improvements in the quality of life. Until recently, especially in environmental applications, data collection has been based mainly on a limited amount of expensive equipment using wired infrastructure. Data collection was a costly and difficult task, limited to a relatively small number of fixed, sparsely distributed locations, and maintained by organizations with large budgets. As a result, the data gathered is often incomplete, especially for developing countries and remote areas. IoT could change that radically: it is a low-cost and low-power technology that does not require any ore-existing infrastructure and can be deployed in most remote regions. The vast range of sensors that can be connected to the nodes supports many different applications, such as air-quality, water-quality, and soil-moisture monitoring.

To realize these benefits for communities and scientists, a broad portfolio of deployments and new technical solutions will be needed as a proof of concept. It is important that those deploying IoT networks consider both their potential scientific impact and their impact on local society. Wider dissemination is needed to engage a greater audience for sensor development activities.

This Special Issue aims to present a collection of exciting papers that will report the most recent advances in IoT technology for applications in developing countries. Example topics of interest include the following:

  • use of IoT in intermittent networks
  • lessons learned from IoT deployments in developing countries
  • IoT and community networks
  • DTN applications for IoT
  • low power IoT solutions
  • performance of IoT wireless networks in rough environments
  • ethical issues in IoT4D
  • edge computing applied to IoT in developing countries
  • IoT and SDGs
  • Localization and context-adaptive Internet of Things
  • Fog/Edge Caching techniques for IoT
  • Design principals and best practices for IoT application development

Dr. Marco Zennaro
Prof. Pietro Manzoni
Prof. Dr. Sandor Markon
Guest Editors

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  • IoT
  • ICT4D
  • low cost solutions
  • IoT4D

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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