Special Issue "Bluetooth Low Energy: Advances and Applications"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2020.
Interests: low-power wireless technologies; IoT; WSNs; BLE; LPWAN; 6LoWPAN; 6Lo; IP-based protocols for constrained-node networks
Special Issues and Collections in MDPI journals
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Bluetooth low energy (BLE) was first specified in 2010. Since then, its popularity has not ceased to increase. In fact, BLE has become the dominant low-power wireless technology in a variety of consumer electronics devices, including the smartphone. The latter is crucially important, as it brings widespread presence to BLE. This feature of BLE, along with its suitability for simple, energy-constrained devices (e.g., battery-enabled sensors), allows positioning BLE as a fundamental enabler of networking paradigms such as wireless sensor networks and the Internet of Things.
BLE technology and BLE-based networking have also expanded in parallel to their success. The panoply of BLE features, options, and mechanisms has significantly increased in the last few years. Significant additions to the BLE universe include several Bluetooth specification updates (the latest being Bluetooth 5 and Bluetooth 5.1), IPv6 support for BLE devices, and many initiatives for enabling BLE mesh networks.
BLE applications can be found in a wide range of domains, e.g., smart home, smart cities, smart health, smart agriculture, or Industry 4.0. BLE is enabling the interaction between humans and smart objects, as well as between smart objects themselves. BLE has also been leveraged for innovative location-based applications, opportunistic data collection, crowd-sensing, etc.
Remarkably, BLE is also playing a fundamental role in the context of combatting COVID-19. BLE-enabled sensors are being used in hospitals to remotely collect vital parameter readings (e.g. temperature, blood pressure, etc.), minimizing the risk of infection for medical personnel. Furthermore, the widespread presence of BLE in smartphones is crucial to enable contact tracing applications being developed and used worldwide.
This Special Issue aims at collecting high quality research papers and review articles focusing on recent advances in BLE. Original, high-quality contributions that have not been published before and are not currently under review by other journals or conferences are sought.
Dr. Carles Gomez
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Potential topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:
- Performance evaluation (e.g., mathematical analysis, simulation and/or experimentation) of BLE networks
- BLE version-oriented studies (Bluetooth 4.x, Bluetooth 5, Bluetooth 5.1)
- Internet connectivity of BLE devices: 6LoWPAN/6Lo, gateway-based approaches, etc.
- BLE mesh networking standardization efforts: Bluetooth Mesh (Bluetooth SIG), IPv6 mesh over BLE (IETF), etc.
- Novel approaches to BLE mesh networks
- Coexistence of BLE with other wireless technologies
- BLE beacons
- BLE-based localization
- BLE-based opportunistic sensor data collection
- Innovative applications of BLE in smart home, smart cities, smart transportation, smart agriculture, smart health, Industry 4.0, etc.
- Applications of BLE for combatting COVID-19: parameter monitoring, contact tracing, etc.