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Special Issue "Recent Advances of Blockchain Technologies in Sensor Networks"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 7 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Arun Kumar
Guest Editor
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science & Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, Odisha - India 769008
Interests: Blockchain; Internet of Things; Wireless Sensor Networks; Ad-hoc and Mobile Networks; Communication Algorithms
Prof. Dr. Peter Han Joo Chong
Guest Editor
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Auckland University of Technology, Private Bag 92006, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
Interests: machine learning techniques applied to software defined vehicular networks; wireless/mobile communications systems including radio resource management, multiple access, MANETs/VANETs, green radio networks and 5G-V2X networks
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Prof. Ashok Kumar Turuk
Guest Editor
Professor, Department of Computer Science & Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, Odisha - India 769008
Interests: Blockchain; Optical Network, Wireless Network, Network Security, Mobile Computing, Embedded System
Prof. Edmund Lai
Guest Editor
Professor, Department of Information Tech & Software Engineering, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
Interests: Dynamical Systems In Applications, Optimisation, Adaptive Agents and Intelligent Robotics, Image Processing, Neural, Evolutionary and Fuzzy Computation, Coding and Information Theory, Information Engineering and Theory, Control Systems, Robotics and Automation, Signal Processing, Computer Communications Networks, Wireless Communications

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, blockchain technology has started influencing the world, and its use is expected to grow even faster in the near future. This growth is evident by the sheer number of researchers, developers, and companies involved in this technology who are starting a number of projects/applications every day. Blockchain technology is popularized due to its application in the most popular cryptocurrency “Bitcoin”, and subsequently, many other cryptocurrencies like Litecoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, etc. have come to existence. However, the application of blockchain is not limited to only cryptocurrencies. The absence of intermediaries and immutability of the transactions make blockchain technology suitable to be applied in several fields like finance, banking, insurance, medical, smart contracts, gaming, Internet of Things (IoTs), lawsuits, cyber physical systems, edge computing, manufacturing, supply chain management, social networks, education, e-government, and other research areas. Though there are several cryptocurrencies in the market and few blockchain applications are available, blockchain is not yet a focus of solving practical problems, and so far, there is not enough reliable research work in this field. 

The aim of this Special Issue is to put together high-quality research articles on recent advances in the theoy and practical aspects related to blockchain technologies to serve as valuable references and directions for researchers in this field, from the industry as well as academia.  Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Blockchain technologies in sensor networks;
  • Static and dynamic blockchain analysis;
  • Big data and the blockchain;
  • Human–computer interaction for blockchain applications;
  • Blockchain and the Internet of things (IoT);
  • Blockchain-oriented software engineering;
  • Blockchain application and implementation;
  • Blockchain security and testing;
  • Decentralized applications of blockchain;
  • Theories of blockchain and distributed systems;
  • Security of blockchain and decentralised schemes;
  • Blockchain and Bitcoin security;
  • Accountability and auditing in blockchain and cryptocurrency;
  • Blockchain in social networking;
  • Security and privacy enhancing technologies for blockchain and cryptocurrency.

Dr. Arun Kumar
Prof. Peter Han Joo Chong
Prof. Ashok Kumar Turuk
Prof. Edmund Lai
Guest Editors

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Towards a Secure Thermal-Energy Aware Routing Protocol in Wireless Body Area Network Based on Blockchain Technology
Sensors 2020, 20(12), 3604; - 26 Jun 2020
The emergence of biomedical sensor devices, wireless communication, and innovation in other technologies for healthcare applications result in the evolution of a new area of research that is termed as Wireless Body Area Networks (WBANs). WBAN originates from Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs), which [...] Read more.
The emergence of biomedical sensor devices, wireless communication, and innovation in other technologies for healthcare applications result in the evolution of a new area of research that is termed as Wireless Body Area Networks (WBANs). WBAN originates from Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs), which are used for implementing many healthcare systems integrated with networks and wireless devices to ensure remote healthcare monitoring. WBAN is a network of wearable devices implanted in or on the human body. The main aim of WBAN is to collect the human vital signs/physiological data (like ECG, body temperature, EMG, glucose level, etc.) round-the-clock from patients that demand secure, optimal and efficient routing techniques. The efficient, secure, and reliable designing of routing protocol is a difficult task in WBAN due to its diverse characteristic and restraints, such as energy consumption and temperature-rise of implanted sensors. The two significant constraints, overheating of nodes and energy efficiency must be taken into account while designing a reliable blockchain-enabled WBAN routing protocol. The purpose of this study is to achieve stability and efficiency in the routing of WBAN through managing temperature and energy limitations. Moreover, the blockchain provides security, transparency, and lightweight solution for the interoperability of physiological data with other medical personnel in the healthcare ecosystem. In this research work, the blockchain-based Adaptive Thermal-/Energy-Aware Routing (ATEAR) protocol for WBAN is proposed. Temperature rise, energy consumption, and throughput are the evaluation metrics considered to analyze the performance of ATEAR for data transmission. In contrast, transaction throughput, latency, and resource utilization are used to investigate the outcome of the blockchain system. Hyperledger Caliper, a benchmarking tool, is used to evaluate the performance of the blockchain system in terms of CPU utilization, memory, and memory utilization. The results show that by preserving residual energy and avoiding overheated nodes as forwarders, high throughput is achieved with the ultimate increase of the network lifetime. Castalia, a simulation tool, is used to evaluate the performance of the proposed protocol, and its comparison is made with Multipath Ring Routing Protocol (MRRP), thermal-aware routing algorithm (TARA), and Shortest-Hop (SHR). Evaluation results illustrate that the proposed protocol performs significantly better in balancing of temperature (to avoid damaging heat effect on the body tissues) and energy consumption (to prevent the replacement of battery and to increase the embedded sensor node life) with efficient data transmission achieving a high throughput value. Full article
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