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Call for Connected IoT Services Articles

The IEEE Internet of Things Magazine (IEEE IoTM) is currently soliciting articles for its vertical area on Connected IoT Services. Such services are quite diverse. Different businesses may require a subset of these services. In this regard, for the set of needed end-to-end IoT services, businesses may encompass specialized departments dedicated for planning, designing, building, installing and operating IoT-based solutions to provide/support these needed services. Alternatively, external third-party providers (i.e., service firms specialized in the design, implementation and deployment of IoT-based solutions across various industries) may be contracted for these purposes. Key vertical markets that have been recently expressing an upsurge in need for connected IoT services to promote a digitized business environment include but are not limited to e-Health, e-Education, Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality, retail, among many others.

Articles revolving around this vertical area should discuss:

  • A high-level service-oriented description of the proposed IoT solution, addressing the identified need for the presented service:
    • What is the required service?
    • What motivates and justifies the need for this service?
    • What are the building blocks lying at the core of the designed IoT-based solution that will enable such a service?
    • Are there any types of partnerships that were required and have been established to build the presented solution?
  • The application of information and communication technology, infrastructure, device, hardware and software that enable the deployment of such a service and its underlying IoT-based solution:
    • What are the technical challenges that are expected to be faced throughout the design, implementation and deployment of the IoT-based solution that will enable the provisioning of the considered service and support its efficient functionality and error-free operation?
    • What are the technical risks underlying the provisioning of the considered service as well as the implementation and deployment of its enabling IoT-based solution?
    • How to overcome the above-mentioned challenges and risks?
    • Does the proposed solution for provisioning the said service fit with existing infrastructure? Is it supported by the existing technology?
  • An insightful discussion and elaboration of the novel findings:
    • Is the service provisioned successfully? Give an example and if not, elaborate how is the outcome differing from what was expected? To what extent is there divergence from the set expectations? Is this divergence still acceptable in the context of real-world scenarios? Did the service fail? Did the proposed solution fail to fully support the service?
    • What could have been done differently? Had this been done differently, what impacts would it have on the service, the proposed solution, their performance and outcomes?
  • A summary of the business use case(s) and sample service operation:
    • Who were the stakeholders?
    • What role did the citizens play in the solution definition and testing?
    • What benefits were anticipated and received from the solution? How were the benefits measured?
    • How was the user experience designed and tested?
    • Were any policy or regulatory issues encountered?
  • Lessons learned from planning, designing, prototyping, implementation, 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 present real-world experiences with projects integrating connected IoT services or preliminary testbeds for future visions thereof. Authors should keep in mind that the intended audience consists of all the members of the IoT community. Hence, articles must be understandable by the general IoT practitioner/researcher, independent of technical or business specialty and are expected to add to the knowledge base or best practices of the IoT community. Mathematical material should be avoided; instead, references to papers containing the relevant mathematics should be provided when applicable.

In addition to the above, the IEEE IoTM general author guidelines for manuscript development and submission over manuscript central must be carefully abided by.

Note: IoTM does not have a specific template and does not require manuscripts to be submitted in any specific layout. However, authors can use the template for IEEE Transactions to get a rough estimate of the page count.