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Special Issue "Surveys of Sensor Networks and Sensor Systems Deployments"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019.

Special Issue Editors

Assoc. Prof. Jaime Lloret
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Department of Communications, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain
Interests: Network Protocols, Network Algorithms, Wireless Sensor Networks, Ad Hoc Networks, Multimedia Streaming
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Prof. Dr. Joel J. P. C. Rodrigues
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National Institute of Telecommunications (Inatel), Santa Rita do Sapucaí, Brazil; Instituto de Telecomunicações, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: Internet of Things; wireless and body sensor networks; mobile and eHealth technologies; future internet technologies; vehicular communications; mobile and cloud computing
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Prof. Dr. Lei Shu
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Nanjing Agricultural University, China;School of Engineering, College of Science, University of Lincoln, Lincoln LN6 7TS, UK
Interests: wireless sensor networks; multimedia communication; middleware; security
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the last decade, there have been huge advances in the wireless sensor networks field. The research community started with some theoretical proposals, and now we have sensor network deployments everywhere. Low-cost and low energy consumption hardware of small devices with high processing computation and large memory capacity have made this success possible. This Special Issue is focused on gathering the most interesting surveys of wireless sensor network deployments in any type of environment.

Dr. Jaime Lloret Mauri
Prof. Dr. Joel J. P. C. Rodrigues
Prof. Dr. Lei Shu
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Wireless sensor networks in agriculture
  • Underwater wireless sensor networks
  • Wireless sensor networks in aquaculture
  • Wireless sensor networks for health monitoring
  • Wireless sensor networks for Smart cities
  • Wireless sensor networks in in forests
  • Wireless sensor networks for building monitoring

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Blockchain in Smart Grids: A Review on Different Use Cases
Sensors 2019, 19(22), 4862; https://doi.org/10.3390/s19224862 - 08 Nov 2019
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With the integration of Wireless Sensor Networks and the Internet of Things, the smart grid is being projected as a solution for the challenges regarding electricity supply in the future. However, security and privacy issues in the consumption and trading of electricity data [...] Read more.
With the integration of Wireless Sensor Networks and the Internet of Things, the smart grid is being projected as a solution for the challenges regarding electricity supply in the future. However, security and privacy issues in the consumption and trading of electricity data pose serious challenges in the adoption of the smart grid. To address these challenges, blockchain technology is being researched for applicability in the smart grid. In this paper, important application areas of blockchain in the smart grid are discussed. One use case of each area is discussed in detail, suggesting a suitable blockchain architecture, a sample block structure and the potential blockchain technicalities employed in it. The blockchain can be used for peer-to-peer energy trading, where a credit-based payment scheme can enhance the energy trading process. Efficient data aggregation schemes based on the blockchain technology can be used to overcome the challenges related to privacy and security in the grid. Energy distribution systems can also use blockchain to remotely control energy flow to a particular area by monitoring the usage statistics of that area. Further, blockchain-based frameworks can also help in the diagnosis and maintenance of smart grid equipment. We also discuss several commercial implementations of blockchain in the smart grid. Finally, various challenges to be addressed for integrating these two technologies are discussed. Full article
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A Survey of Collaborative UAV–WSN Systems for Efficient Monitoring
Sensors 2019, 19(21), 4690; https://doi.org/10.3390/s19214690 - 28 Oct 2019
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Integrated systems based on wireless sensor networks (WSNs) and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with electric propulsion are emerging as state-of-the-art solutions for large scale monitoring. Main advances stemming both from complex system architectures as well as powerful embedded computing and communication platforms, advanced [...] Read more.
Integrated systems based on wireless sensor networks (WSNs) and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with electric propulsion are emerging as state-of-the-art solutions for large scale monitoring. Main advances stemming both from complex system architectures as well as powerful embedded computing and communication platforms, advanced sensing and networking protocols have been leveraged to prove the viability of this concept. The design of suitable algorithms for data processing, communication and control across previously disparate domains has thus currently become an intensive area of interdisciplinary research. The paper was focused on the collaborative aspects of UAV–WSN systems and the reference papers were analyzed from this point of view, on each functional module. The paper offers a timely review of recent advances in this area of critical interest with focus on a comparative perspective across multiple recent theoretical and applied contributions. A systematic approach is carried out in order to structure a unitary from conceptual design towards key implementation aspects. Focus areas are identified and discussed such as distributed data processing algorithms, hierarchical multi-protocol networking aspects and high level WSN–constrained UAV-control. Application references are highlighted in various domains such as environmental, agriculture, emergency situations and homeland security. Finally, a research agenda is outlined to advance the field towards tangible economic and social impact. Full article
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