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Special Issue "Massive and Reliable Sensor Communications with LPWANs Technologies"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Laurent Clavier
Guest Editor
IMT Lille Douai, Douai, France
Interests: IoT; massive access; interference modeling; PHY layer
Dr. Chiara Buratti
Guest Editor
DEI, Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
Interests: IoT; medium access control protocols; routing; LoRa technology; THz communications
Dr. Congduc Pham
Guest Editor
University of Pau, Pau, France
Interests: LoRa technologies; multimedia information on wireless sensor networks; wireless video sensor networks for critical-mission surveillance applications
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Prof. Dr. Gianluigi Ferrari
Guest Editor
Department of Engineering and Architecture, University of Parma, Parco Area delle Scienze, 181/A, 43124 Parma, Italy
Interests: IoT; ad hoc and sensor networking
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

LPWANs have received great interest in the recent years in efforts to allow the deployment of massive machine-type communications. However, they still face several challenges depending on the targeted applications: massiveness, reliability, security, ease of deployment, and suffering from a limited downlink. As 5G and NB-IoT are entering the market, the survival of LPWANs in unlicensed bands becomes questionable.

Indeed, deploying sensor networks in unlicensed bands faces many difficulties, especially because the network is generally not managed by telecommunication specialists, while it requires different areas of expertise to be properly implemented. Will devices last as long as expected? Will the network accept a sufficiently large number of devices? Can the received data be trusted? Where can we store them and how can we process the data? Is it possible that the network might face unexpected damages? Can security and privacy be ensured?

This Special Issue will cover the latest breakthroughs in LP-WAN technologies and highlight their ability, or not, to survive in the face of 5G. All issues related to LP-WANs are welcome for submission, with a special interest in LoRa technology. Topics can range from more theoretical aspects to deployments and experiments.

Dr. Laurent Clavier
Dr. Chiara Buratti
Dr. Congduc Pham
Dr. Gianluigi Ferrari
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Massive access
  • Reliability
  • Chirp spread spectrum
  • LoRa technology
  • Alternative LoRa-based MAC protocols
  • LoRa architectures for the Internet of Things
  • Non-orthogonal multiple access
  • Interference
  • Deterministic access
  • Security
  • Implementation, deployment, and experiments
  • Energy autonomy, life duration
  • Energy harvesting
  • Network architecture
  • Resilience

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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