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Special Issue "Green Sensors Networking"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Sergio Herrería Alonso
Guest Editor
Department of Telematics Engineering, University of Vigo, Vigo 36310, Spain
Interests: green networking; quality of service in the internet; performance analysis of computer networks
Dr. Miguel Rodríguez Pérez
Guest Editor
Department of Telematics Engineering, University of Vigo, 36310 Vigo, Spain
Interests: green networking; virtualization of network functions and services
Prof. Dr. Rosario Giuseppe Garroppo
Guest Editor
Department of Information Engineering, University of Pisa, 56122 Pisa, Italy
Interests: Multimedia over IP; WiFi performance; Traffic Control in Wireless and Wired networks; Green Networking; Industrial IoT

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recent improvements in integrated circuit technology have led to the development of new low-cost, tiny sensor nodes. Consequently, wireless sensor networks (WSNs) are increasingly being introduced into many different application areas, such as smart homes, smart cities, healthcare, wearables, transportation, security, surveillance, and other industrial needs. WSNs consist of a large number of self-sustainable, autonomous devices that are able to sense their environment and process and transmit related data. Sensor nodes are commonly hardware-constrained devices that must work under severe resource restrictions such as limited battery, communication, storage, and computing capabilities. In particular, to cope with the scarcity of available energy and to ensure long-term operation, sensor nodes must be designed with low energy radio and sensing units, employ energy efficient communication protocols, and implement optimal energy management policies.

The key for reducing energy consumption in WSNs is the wise utilization of network resources, including power, spectrum, time, and spatial resources. For example, in these networks involving a large number of distributed devices, cooperative power control techniques based on convex optimization or game theory permit governing transmission power efficiently. Furthermore, energy-harvesting technology is frequently used to provide a virtually uninterrupted power supply to the sensor nodes although, due to the intermittent and variable nature of ambient energy sources, accurate prediction schemes of future energy availability may be required to avoid energy shortages.

Energy demands of WSNs can also be reduced, alleviating mutual interference through efficient MAC protocols, employing energy-aware routing algorithms or exploiting available power-saving modes at the sensor nodes. Finally, advanced distributed storage and computation schemes that decrease the number of transmissions and receptions for data collection and dissemination can be adopted to save energy in these networks.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to present the most recent advances, or comprehensive reviews, relating to green wireless sensor networks. Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • Energy harvesting;
  • Distributed power control schemes;
  • Energy efficient WSN architecture and design;
  • Energy efficient communication protocols for WSNs;
  • Green MAC protocols for WSNs;
  • Green routing algorithms for WSNs;
  • Green device-to-device communications;
  • Green computing for sensor nodes;
  • Energy management policies for sensor nodes;
  • Energy availability prediction schemes.

Dr. Sergio Herrería Alonso
Dr. Miguel Rodríguez Pérez
Dr. Rosario Giuseppe Garroppo
Guest Editors

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  • Wireless sensor networks
  • Energy harvesting
  • Energy efficient data communication
  • Energy management
  • Energy prediction

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