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Publication Date

Manuscript Submission Deadline

Special Issue

Call for Articles

Sensors and actuators are among the building blocks of the IoT. In many IoT applications, distributed sensors gather information about a system. The data is processed, and commands may be issued to actuators that in turn affect the system. A few examples include the following: moisture sensors provide data to control irrigation systems; traffic sensors provide data to control traffic lights; and occupancy sensors provide data to control building environments. Sensors and actuators enable IoT solutions in every vertical domain of IoT, from smart cities to smart agriculture, from personalized health to smart transportation. The decreasing size and cost of sensors and actuators have made possible many unique and surprising applications. The pace of innovation in the world of sensors and actuators makes it difficult for a practitioner to stay abreast of the possible building blocks available for use in designing an IoT solution.

The purpose of this Special Issue (SI) is to provide practitioners and researchers interested in applications with a survey of the state-of-the-art in sensors and actuators that are available for IoT applications. Additionally, the Special Issue solicits discussions of best practices and lessons learned in selecting, configuring, integrating, and maintaining sensors and actuators in real-world IoT deployments. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Surveys of sensors/actuators for IoT applications
  • Sensor systems for IoT verticals
  • Actuators for IoT vertical
  • Sensor/actuator power and communications
  • Sensor/actuator networks
  • Sensor data analytics
  • Actuator controls

Articles submitted for this issue of the magazine should describe the use of sensors and/or actuators in one or more actual deployments of an IoT solution discuss:

  • A high-level description of the sensors/actuators and application in an IoT solution, addressing: the problem space; a summary of systems operation; and how the overall problems were solved.
  • A high-level technical description of the IoT sensor/actuators: What technical challenges were encountered? What solutions were developed? What were the technical risks encountered in development? How were they overcome?
  • A summary of the business case: What kind of benefits did the stakeholders receive from the solution? Were they greater than or less than expected? Were any policy or regulatory issues encountered?
  • Lessons learned from deployment and operation: What were the key lessons learned? Can this experience contribute to defining best practices? What were the risks and rewards?

Articles should be general and present real-world experiences, with the intended audience being all members of the IoT community, independent of technical or business specialty. Articles are expected to add to the knowledge base or best practices of the IoT community; sales/marketing materials are not appropriate. Authors are asked to strive to make their papers understandable by the general IoT practitioner. Mathematical material should be avoided; instead, references to papers containing the relevant mathematics should be provided.

Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts should conform to the standard format as indicated in the Information for Authors section of the Article Submission Guidelines.

All manuscripts to be considered for publication must be submitted by the deadline through Manuscript Central. Select the “September 2019: Sensors & Actuators for IoT” topic from the drop-down menu of Topic/Series titles.

Important Dates

Manuscript Submission Deadline: 31 May 2019
Final Manuscript Due: 30 July 2019
Publication Date: September 2019

Guest Editor

Stan Moyer
Inventures, USA