Special Issue "Internet of Things (IoT) for Industry 4.0"

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

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Special Issue Editors

Dr. Sylvain Kubler
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Université de Lorraine, CRAN (Centre de Recherche en Automatique de Nancy), UMR 7039 Campus Sciences, BP 70239–54506, Vandoeuvre Cedex, France
Interests: internet of things; cyber physical systems; semantic web; multi criteria decision making (MCDM); context-awareness
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Dr. Jérémy Robert
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Université of Luxembourg, Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT), CAMPUS KIRCHBERG 6 Rue Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi, L-1359, Luxembourg
Interests: industry 4.0/industrial IoT; machine learning; blockchain; real-time ethernet

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The fourth industrial revolution (also referred to as Industry 4.0) is transforming the economic paradigm and the mechanisms for creating value that underpin it. Industry has, in effect, switched from a mindset of mass production to one of mass customization, as it is no longer based on scale and volume effects but rather “on demand”. Thanks to the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) used in industrial environments, an increasingly amount of data is now available. In that context, five main drivers are leading this paradigm shift:

  1. Virtual factories: to enable new products to be industrialized virtually before disrupting the physical system and offer managers a new way of overseeing operations and intervening in them;
  2. Automated flows: to make the whole system more flexible and responsive, cutting inventory levels and throughput;
  3. Smart machines: to reduce operator interventions by enabling machines to operate both separately from and in connection with each other;
  4. Predictive maintenance and decision support systems: to enable improved planning of machine downtime;
  5. Cyber-production systems: to enable mass customization and the readjustment of production planning in line with demand variations.

Several research issues remain to be addressed regarding each of these drivers. This MDPI Future Internet Special Issue is currently open for submission and aims to bring together researchers and application developers working out research issues, strategies, and methodologies in these different areas. We also welcome quality review articles that analyze the gap between the state-of-the-art and the state-of-the-practice in the above areas. Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • Interoperability in data collection;
  • Cloud manufacturing;
  • Green and sustainable manufacturing;
  • Big data analytics for manufacturing applications;
  • Machine learning for enhanced process control and quality;
  • Predictive manufacturing and maintenance;
  • Blockchain and smart contracts for industrial and manufacturing purposes;
  • Physical internet.

Dr. Sylvain Kubler
Dr. Jérémy Robert
Guest Editors

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IoT Group Membership Management Using Decentralized Identifiers and Verifiable Credentials
Future Internet 2022, 14(6), 173; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi14060173 - 01 Jun 2022
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Many IoT use cases can benefit from group communication, where a user requests an IoT resource and this request can be handled by multiple IoT devices, each of which may respond back to the user. IoT group communication involves one-to-many requests and many-to-one [...] Read more.
Many IoT use cases can benefit from group communication, where a user requests an IoT resource and this request can be handled by multiple IoT devices, each of which may respond back to the user. IoT group communication involves one-to-many requests and many-to-one responses, and this creates security challenges. In this paper, we focus on the provenance that has been received by an authorized device. We provide an effective and flexible solution for securing IoT group communication using CoAP, where a CoAP client sends a request to a CoAP group and receives multiple responses by many IoT devices, acting as CoAP servers. We design a solution that allows CoAP servers to digitally sign their responses in a way that clients can verify that a response has been generated by an authorized member of the CoAP group. In order to achieve our goal, we leverage Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs) and Verifiable Credentials (VCs). In particular, we consider that each group is identified by a DID, and each group member has received a VC that allows it to participate in that group. The only information a client needs to know is the DID of the group, which is learned using DNSSEC. Our solution allows group members to rotate their signing keys, it achieves group member revocation, and it has minimal communication and computational overhead. Full article
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HyDSMaaS: A Hybrid Communication Infrastructure with LoRaWAN and LoraMesh for the Demand Side Management as a Service
Future Internet 2021, 13(11), 271; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi13110271 - 26 Oct 2021
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Seeking to solve problems in the power electric system (PES) related to exacerbated and uncontrolled energy consumption by final consumers such as residences, condominiums, public buildings and industries, electric power companies (EPC) are increasingly seeking new information and communication technologies (ICTs) to transform [...] Read more.
Seeking to solve problems in the power electric system (PES) related to exacerbated and uncontrolled energy consumption by final consumers such as residences, condominiums, public buildings and industries, electric power companies (EPC) are increasingly seeking new information and communication technologies (ICTs) to transform traditional electric power distribution networks into smart grids (SG). With this implementation, PES will be able to remotely control electric power consumption as well as monitor data generated by smart meters (SM). However, Internet-of-Things (IoT) technologies will enable all this to happen quickly and at low cost, since they are low-cost devices that can be deployed quickly and at scale in these scenarios. With this in mind, this work aimed to study, propose, and implement a hybrid communication infrastructure with LoRaWAN and LoraMesh for the demand-side management as a service (HyDSMaaS) using IoT devices such as long range (LoRa) to provide an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) capable of performing all these applications as a service offered by EPC to end consumers. Additionally, services such as demand-side management (DSMaaS) can be used in this infrastructure. From the preliminary results it was found that the LoRaWAN network achieved a range of up to 2.35 km distance and the LoRaMESH one of 600 m; thus, the latter is more suitable for scenarios where there is little interference and the SMs are at long distances, while the other is used for scenarios with greater agglomeration of nearby SMs. Considering the hybridized scenario between LoraWAN and LoRaMESH, it can be seen that the implementation possibilities increase, since its range was approximately 3 km considering only one hop, and it can reach 1023 devices present in a mesh network. Thus, it was possible to propose the actual implementation of LoRaWAN and LoRaMESH protocols as well as the hybridization of the two protocols for HyDSMaaS. Additionally, the results obtained are exclusively from Radioenge’s LoRa technology, which can be further improved in the case of using more powerful equipment. Full article
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Predictive Maintenance (PdM) Structure Using Internet of Things (IoT) for Mechanical Equipment Used into Hospitals in Rwanda
Future Internet 2020, 12(12), 224; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi12120224 - 07 Dec 2020
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The success of all industries relates to attaining the satisfaction to clients with a high level of services and productivity. The success main factor depends on the extent of maintaining their equipment. To date, the Rwandan hospitals that always have a long queue [...] Read more.
The success of all industries relates to attaining the satisfaction to clients with a high level of services and productivity. The success main factor depends on the extent of maintaining their equipment. To date, the Rwandan hospitals that always have a long queue of patients that are waiting for service perform a repair after failure as common maintenance practice that may involve unplanned resources, cost, time, and completely or partially interrupt the remaining hospital activities. Aiming to reduce unplanned equipment downtime and increase their reliability, this paper proposes the Predictive Maintenance (PdM) structure while using Internet of Things (IoT) in order to predict early failure before it happens for mechanical equipment that is used in Rwandan hospitals. Because prediction relies on data, the structure design consists of a simplest developed real time data collector prototype with the purpose of collecting real time data for predictive model construction and equipment health status classification. The real time data in the form of time series have been collected from selected equipment components in King Faisal Hospital and then later used to build a proposed predictive time series model to be employed in proposed structure. The Long Short Term Memory (LSTM) Neural Network model is used to learn data and perform with an accuracy of 90% and 96% to different two selected components. Full article
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