Special Issue "Domestic Wireless Sensor Networks"

A special issue of Journal of Sensor and Actuator Networks (ISSN 2224-2708). This special issue belongs to the section "Network Services and Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Paulo Sousa Gil
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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Campus de Caparica, Portugal
Interests: cyber physical systems; wireless sensor and actuator networks; intelligent systems; control systems; hybrid systems

Special Issue Information

Due to their inherent features, wireless sensor networks (WSNs) are undoubtedly a technology that is gaining momentum towards ubiquity, with significant contributions of academia, industry, and standards development organizations. The last few years have seen an explosion of applications based on these technologies in a myriad of domains, notably in healthcare, security and surveillance, smart buildings, home automation, and assisted living. Despite current achievements and advancements, WSNs still face a number of challenges. One of the paramount issues deserving attention is that of resilience enhancement in the context of cyber-attacks and intrusion, which is related to the fact that WSNs are commonly integrated with Internet Protocol and connected to the Internet, giving rise to the so-called Internet of Things paradigm. In addition to security and privacy, computational capabilities, communication throughput, and sustainability cannot be ignored as fundamental challenges towards the consolidation of these invaluable technologies in our daily lives.

This Special Issue is devoted to gathering the latest advances in basic research and applications in the context of domestic wireless sensor networks, with emphasis on:

  • Sensor node architectures, middleware, and services;
  • Security and privacy;
  • Reliability, quality of service, and sustainability;
  • Methodologies and tools;
  • Home automation;
  • Smart home monitoring;
  • Home energy management;
  • Assisted living;
  • Health monitoring at home.

Prof. Paulo Sousa Gil
Guest Editor

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  • wireless sensor networks
  • security and privacy
  • architectures, methodologies and tools
  • home automation
  • applications

Published Papers (1 paper)

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Resilient Green Cellular IoT for Landslide Monitoring Using Voice Channels
J. Sens. Actuator Netw. 2021, 10(3), 59; https://doi.org/10.3390/jsan10030059 - 17 Sep 2021
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A wide-scale outdoor remote deployment involves a large number of low-cost nodes that are powered by green energy, such as solar. We deal with such a system for landslide monitoring where the tiny nodes with ultra-low memory as little as 2 KB are [...] Read more.
A wide-scale outdoor remote deployment involves a large number of low-cost nodes that are powered by green energy, such as solar. We deal with such a system for landslide monitoring where the tiny nodes with ultra-low memory as little as 2 KB are directly connected to the Internet using cellular networks, thereby constituting Cellular IoT’s (C-IoT). This makes them vulnerable to a wide range of Denial of Service (DoS) attacks during their collaborative communications. Further, due to memory constraints, the nodes are not able to run resource-hungry security algorithms. Existing IoT protocols also cannot offer resiliency to DoS attacks for these memory-constrained devices. This paper proposes the Voice Response Internet of Things (VRITHI), which addresses the above issues by using the voice channel between the nodes. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first solution in the IoT domain where both the voice and data channels are being used for collaborative communications. Evaluation results demonstrate that VRITHI is able to reduce external DoS attacks from 82–65% to less than 28% and improves real-time communications in such a memory-constrained environment. In addition, it also contributes to green IoT energy saving by more than 50% in comparison with other IoT protocols. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Domestic Wireless Sensor Networks)
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Title: Multi-agent-based approach to improve resilience in domestic wireless sensor and actuator

Authors: Fábio Januário, Alberto Cardoso and Paulo Gil

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