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Special Issue "Emerging Enabling Technologies for IoT"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2018).

Special Issue Editor

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The aim of this Special Issue is to bring together members from different research communities and industrial practitioners to systematically explore the challenges, issues and opportunities in the research, design, and engineering of the Internet of Things (IoT). Wireless sensing devices, as well as edge/cloud frameworks, are the cornerstone for future IoT applications, and innovative solutions in device hardware, communication protocols, power management policies, sensor data fusion, cloud services and machine learning, are the ultimate frontiers.

High quality original technical articles are solicited, describing emerging enabling technologies for IoT, as well as those that describe practical deployments, implementation experiences and recent advances.

Authors are invited to submit contributions. Topics of interest for this Special Issue on “Emerging Enabling Technologies for IoT” include (but are not limited to):

  • Techniques for power management and energy harvesting for IoT devices
  • Heterogeneous, reconfigurable and other IoT-specific architectures
  • Industrial IoT sensors;
  • Wearable IoT;
  • Sensors Data Management;
  • IoT Localization Technologies;
  • Machine learning solutions for IoT applications
  • Advanced Computing architecture for smart IoT systems
  • Fog and Cloud Computing for IoT solutions

Dr. Davide Brunelli
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • IoT
  • power management
  • energy harvesting
  • sensor data fusion
  • fog computing
  • machine learning

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A Novel Synchronization Scheme Based on a Dynamic Superframe for an Industrial Internet of Things in Underground Mining
Sensors 2019, 19(3), 504; https://doi.org/10.3390/s19030504 - 26 Jan 2019
Cited by 5
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The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has a wide range of applications, such as intelligent manufacturing, production process optimization, production equipment monitoring, etc. Due to the complex circumstance in underground mining, the performance of WSNs faces enormous challenges, such as data transmission delay, [...] Read more.
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has a wide range of applications, such as intelligent manufacturing, production process optimization, production equipment monitoring, etc. Due to the complex circumstance in underground mining, the performance of WSNs faces enormous challenges, such as data transmission delay, packet loss rate, and so on. The MAC (Media Access Control) protocol based on TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access) is an effective solution, but it needs to ensure the clock synchronization between the transmission nodes. As the key technology of IIoT, synchronization needs to consider the factors of tunnel structure, energy consumption, etc. Traditional synchronization methods, such as TPSN (Timing-sync Protocol for Sensor Networks), RBS (Reference Broadcast Synchronization), mainly focus on improving synchronization accuracy, ignoring the impact of the actual environment, cannot be directly applied to the IIoT in underground mining. In underground mining, there are two kinds of nodes: base-station node and sensor node, which have different topologies, so they constitute a hybrid topology. In this paper, according to hybrid topology of unground mining, a clock synchronization scheme based on a dynamic superframe is designed. In this scheme, the base-station and sensor have different synchronization methods, improving the TPSN and RBS algorithm, respectively, and adjusts the period of the superframe dynamically by estimating the clock offset. The synchronization scheme presented in this paper can reduce the network communication overhead and energy consumption, ensuring the synchronization accuracy. Based on theCC2530 (Asystem-on-chip solution for IEEE 802.15.4, Zigbee and RF4CE applications), the experiments are compared and analyzed, including synchronization accuracy, energy consumption, and robustness tests. Experimental results show that the synchronization accuracy of the proposed method is at least 11% higher than that of the existing methods, and the energy consumption can be reduced by approximately 13%. At the same time, the proposed method has better robustness. Full article
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An Efficient Availability Guaranteed Deployment Scheme for IoT Service Chains over Fog-Core Cloud Networks
Sensors 2018, 18(11), 3970; https://doi.org/10.3390/s18113970 - 15 Nov 2018
Cited by 8
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High availability is one of the important requirements of many end-to-end services in the Internet of Things (IoT). This is a critical issue in network function virtualization (NFV) and NFV-enabled service function chaining (SFC) due to hard- and soft-ware failures. Thus, merely mapping [...] Read more.
High availability is one of the important requirements of many end-to-end services in the Internet of Things (IoT). This is a critical issue in network function virtualization (NFV) and NFV-enabled service function chaining (SFC) due to hard- and soft-ware failures. Thus, merely mapping primary VNFs is not enough to ensure high availability, especially for SFCs deployed over fog - core cloud networks due to resource limitations of fogs. As a result, additional protection schemes, like VNF redundancy deployments, are required to improve the availability of SFCs to meet predefined requirements. With limited resources of fog instances, a cost-efficient protection scheme is required. This paper proposes a cost-efficient availability guaranteed deployment scheme for IoT services over fog-core cloud networks based on measuring the improvement potential of VNFs for improving the availability of SFCs. In addition, various techniques for redundancy placement for VNFs at the fog layer are also presented. Obtained analysis and simulation results show that the proposed scheme achieves a significant improvement in terms of the cost efficiency and scalability compared to the state-of-the-art approaches. Full article
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Torus Pairwise Disjoint-Path Routing
Sensors 2018, 18(11), 3912; https://doi.org/10.3390/s18113912 - 13 Nov 2018
Cited by 2
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Modern supercomputers include hundreds of thousands of processors and they are thus massively parallel systems. The interconnection network of a system is in charge of mutually connecting these processors. Recently, the torus has become a very popular interconnection network topology. For example, the [...] Read more.
Modern supercomputers include hundreds of thousands of processors and they are thus massively parallel systems. The interconnection network of a system is in charge of mutually connecting these processors. Recently, the torus has become a very popular interconnection network topology. For example, the Fujitsu K, IBM Blue Gene/L, IBM Blue Gene/P, and Cray Titan supercomputers all rely on this topology. The pairwise disjoint-path routing problem in a torus network is addressed in this paper. This fundamental problem consists of the selection of mutually vertex disjoint paths between given vertex pairs. Proposing a solution to this problem has critical implications, such as increased system dependability and more efficient data transfers, and provides concrete implementation of green and sustainable computing as well as security, privacy, and trust, for instance, for the Internet of Things (IoT). Then, the correctness and complexities of the proposed routing algorithm are formally established. Precisely, in an n-dimensional k-ary torus ( n < k , k 5 ), the proposed algorithm connects c ( c n ) vertex pairs with mutually vertex-disjoint paths of lengths at most 2 k ( c 1 ) + n k / 2 , and the worst-case time complexity of the algorithm is O ( n c 4 ) . Finally, empirical evaluation of the proposed algorithm is conducted in order to inspect its practical behavior. Full article
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