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Special Issue "The Impact of Emerging Technologies on Sensor-Based Systems/Solutions"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Nelly Leligou
Guest Editor
Department of Industrial Design and Production Engineering Department, University of West Attica, West Attica, Greece
Interests: IoT; blockchain; smart learning environments; IT platforms addressing societal challenges
Dr. Panagiotis Trakadas

Guest Editor
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece
Interests: network communications; SDN; NFV; IoT; security; 5G technologies
Dr. Panagiotis A. Karkazis
Guest Editor
Dept. of Informatics and Computer Engineering, University of West Attica, West Attica, Greece
Interests: routing protocols; cloud computing; embedded systems; IoT; NFV/SDN

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, blockchain, software-defined networking (SDN), network function virtualization (NFV), and Big Data analytics have transformed the way sensors, actuators, and any connected device forming an Internet-of-Things system can serve diverse purposes. Devices specialized in one or more capabilities are intended to work together based on an infrastructure of intelligent systems, to provide a variety of services improving safety, security, and the quality of life in ordinary living, traveling, and working environments. The combination of the emerging technologies with IoT systems is anticipated to cause a multiplication effect on the potential applications of IoT systems, offering additional services on top of possibly existing infrastructures. However, this combination introduces specific challenges as, for example, IoT devices are not necessarily capable of supporting heavy processing. This Special Issue intends to bring to the audience results from both scientific research and practical implementations addressing issues raised when combining IoT and any type of emerging technology (including artificial intelligence, blockchain, software-defined networks/NFV, VR/AR, and others). The development of innovative applications/solutions targeting specific sectors (e.g., supply chain, industry 4.0, smart cities, smart grids or smart learning environments) are also welcome.

Dr. Nelly Leligou
Dr. Panagiotis Trakadas
Dr. Panagiotis A. Karkazis
Guest Editor

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  • IoT and blockchain technologies
  • IoT and artificial intelligence
  • IoT and SDN/NFV
  • IoT and Big Data
  • IoT and VR/AR
  • Methods and techniques to enrich IoT systems with emerging technologies
  • Solutions and prototypes for IoT systems enriched with emerging technologies
  • Emerging Technology based IoT systems for different verticals including smart factories, supply chain, health, energy efficiency, smart cities, and smart infrastructures
  • IoT-based security solutions

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A Smart Microcontroller Architecture for the Internet of Things
Sensors 2020, 20(7), 1821; - 25 Mar 2020
The interoperations of endpoint devices are generally achieved by gateways in Internet of Things (IoT) systems. However, the gateways mainly focus on networking communication, which is lack of data logic control capabilities. The microcontrollers with embedded intelligence could work as an intermediate device [...] Read more.
The interoperations of endpoint devices are generally achieved by gateways in Internet of Things (IoT) systems. However, the gateways mainly focus on networking communication, which is lack of data logic control capabilities. The microcontrollers with embedded intelligence could work as an intermediate device to help the interconnections of the endpoint devices. Moreover, they could help control the endpoint devices. In this paper, a microcontroller architecture with intelligent and scalable characteristics is proposed. The intelligence means that the microcontroller could control the target endpoint devices by its logical circuits, and the scalability means that the microcontroller architecture could be easily extended to deal with more complex problems. Two real world industrial implementations of the proposed architecture are introduced. The implementations show that the microcontroller is important to provide the intelligent services to users in IoT systems. Furthermore, a simulation experiment based on the cloud model is designed to evaluate the proposed method. The experimental results demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed architecture. Full article
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