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Special Issue "Emerging Applications and Challenges of RFID for the Internet of Things"

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Sensor Networks".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Renato Ferrero

Dipartimento di Automatica e Informatica, Politecnico di Torino, 10129 Torino, Italy
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Interests: ubiquitous computing, wireless sensor networks, RFID systems
Guest Editor
Dr. Petar Šolić

Department of Electronics and Computing, IoT Lab, University of Split, FESB, 21000 Split, Croatia
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Interests: RFID, Communication protocols, IoT hardware
Guest Editor
Dr. Javier Vales Alonso

Department of Information Technologies and Communications, Technical University of Cartagena, Spain
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Interests: RFID, Machine Learning, Stochastic Modelling and Optimization

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the vision of the Internet of Things (IoT), the objects of the physical word become smart and recognizable by being connected with each other and exchanging information. By monitoring and measuring physical phenomena, such as temperature, light, sound, pressure, etc., wireless sensor networks (WSNs) provide an extraordinary source of data for IoT. The variety of available sensors motivate the large adoption of WSNs in many application fields, such as healthcare, home automation, industry, automotive, military applications, disaster monitoring, etc. WSNs are a key technology in populating and enriching the digital world envisaged by IoT by creating a map of the physical word. However, one important feature is still missing: the electronic identity of the objects in the digital world. Radio-frequency identification (RFID) systems can fill this gap, as RFID readers are able to recognize and retrieve information stored on tags by transmitting electromagnetic waves. Combining the information collected by WSNs and the automatic identification provided by the RFID technology, the IoT objects can cooperate in a smart way in order to implement sophisticated applications. New opportunities arise in the development of IoT applications, but at the same time specific issues should be addressed to ensure application requirements.

This Special Issue aims to collect original and high-quality papers, both from academic and from industrial players, about new trends, solutions, and challenges in the adoption of the RFID technology for the development of IoT applications. Additionally, selected papers from the 7th international EURASIP workshop on RFID technology (EURASIP RFID 2019 Workshop, http://www.eurasip-rfid.org/) with appropriate extensions will be included in the Special Issue.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • RFID-based devices for the Internet of Things
  • Ambient intelligence based on RFID labeling
  • Applications of RFID for smart cities
  • Standards and communication protocols
  • Implementation issues of IoT applications
  • Smart and programmable tags
  • Sensor networks with RFID
  • Applications and industrial experience
  • Security and privacy

Dr. Renato Ferrero
Dr. Petar Šolić
Dr. Javier Vales Alonso
Guest Editor

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  • RFID
  • Internet of things
  • WSN
  • Ambient intelligence
  • Smart cities
  • Security

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