Special Issue "Wireless Sensor Networks for Smart Grid and Smart City Applications"

A special issue of Journal of Sensor and Actuator Networks (ISSN 2224-2708).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 April 2016).

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Jamil Yusuf Khan
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School of Electrical Engineering and Computing, the University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia
Interests: cooperative networks; sensor networks; telecommunication networks; wireless networks; smart grid; Internet-of-Things
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Dear Colleagues,

Over the last decade, new wireless networks have been developed to serve a range of new applications and deployment scenarios. Smart grid technology has been developing over the last decade, where wireless sensor networks are considered to be one of the key enabling technologies. Following in the footsteps of the smart grid development, many other utility providers are developing advanced ICT (Information Communications Technology)-based solutions within a smart city framework, where wireless sensor networks will play key roles. Smart city applications will support deployments in different operating environments, which requires communication support in different geographical areas.

Quality of Service (QoS) requirements of wireless sensor networks, developed for smart grid and smart city applications, are significantly different from the conventional wireless sensor networks. Architecture and protocols need to be developed so that these networks can serve multi-service applications with a wide range of QoS requirements. Another key requirement of these networks is energy efficiency, so that network elements could operate for a longer period of time when a limited energy sources are used. Future wireless sensor networks should be developed to operate in an energy-scavenging mode so that sensor nodes could operate for a very long time without the need for battery replacements.

We invite authors to submit papers reporting original, previously unpublished research, which addresses this new area. We are open to papers addressing a broad range of topics, including foundational topics regarding the operating principles of wireless sensor networks, network and algorithm design, 4G/5G based wide area sensor networks, and traffic models for new applications to support the development of sustainable smart grid and smart city infrastructure.

Topics:

  • Wireless sensor network architecture and protocols
  • Emerging and current standards in wireless sensor networks
  • Heterogeneous wireless sensor networks for smart grid and smart city applications
  • Mesh network architecture for smart grid and smart city deployments
  • Traffic models for smart grid and smart city applications
  • Transmission channel characteristics for smart grid and smart city wireless sensor networks
  • Machine-to-machine (M2M) communication models
  • Wide area wireless sensor networks
  • LTE/4G/5G based wireless sensor networks for smart city
  • Wireless sensor networks for vehicular applications in smart cities
  • Low power wireless sensor network
  • Energy efficiency in wireless sensor network
  • Energy scavenged wireless sensor network architecture
  • Experimental test bed for wireless sensor networks
  • Simulation models for smart grid and smart city wireless sensor networks
  • Analytical models for wireless sensor networks

Assoc. Prof. Jamil Y. Khan
Guest Editor

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Cloud-Enhanced Robotic System for Smart City Crowd Control
J. Sens. Actuator Netw. 2016, 5(4), 20; https://doi.org/10.3390/jsan5040020 - 21 Dec 2016
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Cloud robotics in smart cities is an emerging paradigm that enables autonomous robotic agents to communicate and collaborate with a cloud computing infrastructure. It complements the Internet of Things (IoT) by creating an expanded network where robots offload data-intensive computation to the ubiquitous [...] Read more.
Cloud robotics in smart cities is an emerging paradigm that enables autonomous robotic agents to communicate and collaborate with a cloud computing infrastructure. It complements the Internet of Things (IoT) by creating an expanded network where robots offload data-intensive computation to the ubiquitous cloud to ensure quality of service (QoS). However, offloading for robots is significantly complex due to their unique characteristics of mobility, skill-learning, data collection, and decision-making capabilities. In this paper, a generic cloud robotics framework is proposed to realize smart city vision while taking into consideration its various complexities. Specifically, we present an integrated framework for a crowd control system where cloud-enhanced robots are deployed to perform necessary tasks. The task offloading is formulated as a constrained optimization problem capable of handling any task flow that can be characterized by a Direct Acyclic Graph (DAG). We consider two scenarios of minimizing energy and time, respectively, and develop a genetic algorithm (GA)-based approach to identify the optimal task offloading decisions. The performance comparison with two benchmarks shows that our GA scheme achieves desired energy and time performance. We also show the adaptability of our algorithm by varying the values for bandwidth and movement. The results suggest their impact on offloading. Finally, we present a multi-task flow optimal path sequence problem that highlights how the robot can plan its task completion via movements that expend the minimum energy. This integrates path planning with offloading for robotics. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first attempt to evaluate cloud-based task offloading for a smart city crowd control system. Full article
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Group Authentication Scheme for Neighbourhood Area Networks (NANs) in Smart Grids
J. Sens. Actuator Netw. 2016, 5(2), 9; https://doi.org/10.3390/jsan5020009 - 04 May 2016
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A Neighbourhood Area Network is a functional component of the Smart Grid that interconnects the end user domain with the Energy Services Provider (ESP) domain. It forms the “edge” of the provider network, interconnecting homes instrumented with Smart Meters (SM) with the ESP. [...] Read more.
A Neighbourhood Area Network is a functional component of the Smart Grid that interconnects the end user domain with the Energy Services Provider (ESP) domain. It forms the “edge” of the provider network, interconnecting homes instrumented with Smart Meters (SM) with the ESP. The SM is a dual interface, wireless communication device through which information is transacted across the user (a home) and ESP domains. The security risk to the ESP increases since the components within the home, interconnected to the ESP via the SM, are not managed by the ESP. Secure operation of the SM is a necessary requirement. The SM should be resilient to attacks, which might be targeted either directly or via the network in the home. This paper presents and discusses a security scheme for groups of SMs in a Neighbourhood Area Network that enable entire groups to authenticate themselves, rather than one at a time. The results show that a significant improvement in terms of resilience against node capture attacks, replay attacks, confidentiality, authentication for groups of SMs in a NAN that enable entire groups to authenticate themselves, rather than one at a time. Full article
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