Wireless Sensor Networks and Telecommunications

A special issue of Journal of Sensor and Actuator Networks (ISSN 2224-2708). This special issue belongs to the section "Wireless Control Networks".

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Interests: 5G/6G network applications; Internet of Things; machine learning
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Telecommunications Institute - Aveiro, and Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics Department, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: Internet of Things; software-defined networks; services and network security
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The advent of massive Internet of Things (IoT) scenarios brought about by 5G mMTC and important trends such as Industry 4.0 pose several important challenges for a very broad range of vertical industries, such as agriculture, the manufacturing industry, transportation, PPDR, and smart cities. Wireless Sensors and Actuators will play a decisive role in the transformation of these industries. Aspects including communication technologies, efficient power usage and harvesting, processing capabilities, storage, and sensing and actuation technologies are of utmost relevance to the success of future IoT scenarios.

Various technologies have addressed these requirements and the related scenarios; however, various aspects still require improvement, such as high data rates, device mobility, and increased energy efficiency. Moreover, the integration of devices into 5G and beyond, and ultra-dense infrastructures, will create a new set of challenges related to communication and supporting mechanisms and technologies.

Beyond these device-specific aspects, it is also very important to address architectural aspects and service aspects, such as distributed architectures, service provisioning, digital twins, and the overall cloudification of industries and its impact on non-virtual aspects such as physical sensing and actuation.

Articles in this Special Issue should address wireless sensor networks in the context of telecommunication infrastructures. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • novel solutions and applications for mMTC scenarios;
  • use-cases and proofs of concept (PoCs);
  • new sensor and actuator architectures;
  • advances in communications technologies (MAC, protocols, architectures);
  • efficient energy usage and management of low power devices;
  • security and privacy; and
  • management of dense cells with constrained devices.

Dr. Diogo Gomes
Dr. João Paulo Barraca
Guest Editors

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  • Industry 4.0
  • 5G/6G networks
  • Internet of Things
  • wireless sensor networks
  • sensor and actuators
  • tactile Internet
  • M2M services and applications
  • low-power wide area networks
  • management of sensor networks and sensor devices
  • integration of sensor devices with telecommunication networks
  • security, confidentiality and privacy aspects of wireless sensors and networks
  • authentication and access control for constrained devices

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Novel Reliable and Energy-Efficient Routing Protocols for Wireless Sensor Networks
by Mohammed Almazaideh and Janos Levendovszky
J. Sens. Actuator Netw. 2020, 9(1), 5; https://doi.org/10.3390/jsan9010005 - 8 Jan 2020
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In this paper, novel energy-aware and reliable routing protocols are proposed. The aim is to maximize the lifespan of wireless sensor networks (WSNs) subject to predefined reliability constraints by using multi-hop routing schemes, in which the source node forwards the packet to the [...] Read more.
In this paper, novel energy-aware and reliable routing protocols are proposed. The aim is to maximize the lifespan of wireless sensor networks (WSNs) subject to predefined reliability constraints by using multi-hop routing schemes, in which the source node forwards the packet to the base station (BS) via other nodes as relays. In the first proposed protocol, energy efficiency is achieved by maximizing the minimum residual energy of the path subject to fulfilling a predefined reliability constraints. The second protocol is an optimized version of the first one with respect to lifespan and complexity. The optimal path is the one in which the residual energy distribution of the nodes along the path is as close to uniform as possible and the packet arrives at the base station with a given success probability. To measure the uniformity of the residual energy distribution, we use an entropy like measure. The information about the current energy state of the network is maintained by using a look-up-table from which the optimal routes are computed on the BS. The BS broadcasts the updated optimal paths to each node after each round of packet transmission. Full article
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