Special Issue "Blockchain for Next-Generation Internet of Things Applications"

A special issue of Smart Cities (ISSN 2624-6511). This special issue belongs to the section "Internet of Things".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2022 | Viewed by 62

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Miguel Pincheira
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Fondazione Bruno Kessler - Via Sommarive, 18, 38123 Trento, Italy
Interests: Internet of Things; blockchain; spatial databases; fog computing; robotics
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Prof. Dr. Massimo Vecchio
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1. Fondazione Bruno Kessler - Via Sommarive, 18, 38123 Trento, Italy
2. Faculty of Engineering, eCampus University, Via Isimbardi 10, 22060 Novedrate, Italy
Interests: computational intelligence; soft-computing techniques; Internet of Things; power-aware engineering design; embedded systems
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Centralized, cloud-based architectures are the current choice for IoT applications, where a validating third party provides services such as authentication, authorization, and data handling for both sensing devices (i.e, the producers) and end-users (i.e., the consumers). These architectures simplify the design and deployment of IoT systems and applications. However, they introduce additional data management and privacy concerns and an overexposure to several cyber security threats. Moreover, the presence of the intermediary decreases the efficiency of interactions between devices, reducing the potential growth of IoT applications. These challenges require radically new architectures for next-generation IoT systems and applications. In recent years, there has been a growing interest in integrating blockchain technologies into IoT for enabling trustless architectures without a validating central authority. Furthermore, blockchain directly benefits several business processes by enabling the seamless inclusion of several actors and making their interactions leaner, faster, and more transparent. Moreover, thanks to smart contracts, novel decentralized and fully autonomous applications appear every day. Such applications carry new opportunities, but they also introduce major challenges for traditional IoT system tools and methodologies that need to adapt. This Special Issue welcomes contributions describing tools and methodologies that emphasize blockchain's key aspects for IoT systems, applications, use cases, and challenges; additionally, this Special Issue aims to provide the opportunity for researchers and practitioners to share their latest work on emerging use cases of blockchain-based IoT systems.

Relevant topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Blockchain-based distributed IoT systems and applications.
  • Use of smart contracts for intelligent IoT systems.
  • Experimental evaluations of blockchain-based IoT systems and applications.
  • Testbeds and simulators related to blockchain-based IoT systems.
  • Crypto chips and IoT devices.
  • Novel IoT architectures for hybrid on-chain/off-chain environments.
  • IoT as oracles for blockchain-based systems.
  • Trustless intelligent applications in IoT environments.
  • L2 solutions and inter-ledger protocols for IoT and AI applications.
  • Lightweight protocols and algorithms for blockchains in IoT and AI applications
  • Use cases for IoT blockchain-based applications in agriculture, industry, smart cities, and smart grids.
  • Privacy-preserving solutions for blockchain-based IoT applications.

Dr. Miguel Pincheira
Prof. Dr. Massimo Vecchio
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Smart Cities is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

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  • IoT
  • blockchain
  • next-generation IoT
  • blockchain-based IoT applications
  • smart contracts for IoT

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