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Special sessions at I2MTC 2021

TC-37 - Measurements and Networking

Submitted by capriglione on Mon, 2021-03-01 05:16
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Mon, 2021-05-17 to Fri, 2021-05-21


SPS5 - Beyond Smart Sensors Networks: Characterization and Applications of Emerging Wireless Communications for IoT/CPS System  

Organizer: Emiliano Sisinni, University of Brescia, Italy

Organizer: Gianfranco Miele, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Italy


The Internet of Things paradigm, complemented by the existence of digital twins in so-called Cyber-Physical Spaces, is changing our lives. Indeed, most, if not all, application fields, from aerospace to automotive, from environmental monitoring to industry, from smart cities to healthcare, have been affected. The “smart” things of IoT are nothing but a collection of sensors, metadata, signal and data processing module, and network communication capability. In particular, wireless communications are a must due to the flexibility they offer. Unfortunately, legacy solutions are not well suited for addressing the many requirements of IoT/CPS systems, as dense and harsh environments, scalability, availability, timeliness and low-power and low-cost. 

For all these reasons, new approaches emerged in the recent past, most notably the advent of standard approaches like Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWANs) and the 5G specifications family for mobile communications. 

A plethora of innovative services and applications have been devised that leverage on the new capabilities offered by these technologies. 

However, the more demanding the requirements, the more complex the overall system complexity. As a consequence, testing these communication solutions can be cumbersome, e.g. due to the lack of widely accepted and well-defined metrics, standardized measurement procedures and lack of real-world testbeds offering a large number of devices.

This special session aims to bring together academic and industry professional to a session in which the most recent studies, implementations and, proposal about the above-mentioned technologies can be presented.

  • Fields of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Characterization of IoT and CPS applications leveraging on wireless communication technologies
  • Development of testing procedures and methodologies for IoT and CPS wireless communication technologies
  • Wireless sensor/actuator networks for Industrial Internet of Things
    • Short-range wireless technologies measurements and applications for Industrial Internet of Things
    • Bluetooth and BLE technologies measurements and applications to Industrial Internet of Things
    • 5G/4G technologies measurements and applications to Industrial Internet of Things
    • LPWAN technologies measurements and applications for Industrial Internet of Things
  • Connected Industrial Vehicle equipped with sensors systems
  • Distributed mobile IIoT wireless systems
  • Wireless sensor/assessment localization in Industrial IoT applications
  • Large scale deployment of wireless devices in the industrial context
  • Security of wireless sensor/actuator networks in Industrial Internet of Things
  • Applications of wireless IoT sensors and systems to large industrial plants
  • Measurement for coexistence and interference analysis in wireless networks in IIoT.

The special session is promoted and supported by TC-37 “Measurement & Networking” of the IEEE IMS (Chair: prof. Domenico Capriglione).

Invited Paper/Presentation Details:

Proposed Title “Advanced distributed measurement platform for vehicle fleet using IIoT wireless technologies”

Authors and their affiliation: Paolo Ferrari, Emiliano Sisinni, Alessandro Depari, Alessandra Flammini, Marco Pasetti, Stefano Rinaldi, Department of Information Engineering, University of Brescia.

Abstract: The advent of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is deeply changing the industrial world. The capability to acquire digitalized data by smart devices ubiquitously connected can benefit any manufacturing process and production lines, increasing efficiency, capacity, safety and better return on investment when compared to legacy industrial approaches. After the advent of the Industry 4.0 paradigm, that strongly depends on the IIoT technologies as wireless communications, cloud computing and big data analysis, companies and organizations are moving toward smart factories, smart workforce, integrated machines and intelligent operations. In this work, authors address the distributed measurement platform for vehicle fleet management, showing how already available technologies can improve the management latency of vehicle fleet. In particular, a commercially available solution has been considered as a reference platform and real-world use cases are identified, showing obtainable performance.




SPS13 - Smart Measuring Systems and Measures for the Management of Emergencies: The case of COVID2019 pandemic, and beyond

Organizer: Federico Tramarin, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy

Organizer: Stefano Cattini, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy

Organizer: Alberto Ferrari, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy


The management of emergencies, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, empha-sized a set of requirements and unprecedented problems for measurement systems. Such a task definitely imposes to provide answers in a short time, often directly oper-ating in the field and with the need to integrate information from multiple sources. In-accurate, or incomplete information can lead to inappropriate choices, with potentially severe consequences in emergency situations. Smart sensors and effective measur-ing systems become hence essential, and in such a scenario, they should provide for high level of reliability and robustness, fast response times, self-standing capabilities, and preferably, ease of use even by unskilled personnel. 

Indeed, a relevant example is the surge, in early 2020, of requests for face masks and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), that was before limited to healthcare per-sonnel, whereas their use by the general population is fundamental to limit the spread of Sars-Cov-2. However, while requirements for healthcare professionals are well established, facing the increased demand from the population lead to issues for the lack of specific knowledge and regulations. Several Universities and laboratories re-sponded to the request and brought into operation, in a very short time, the necessary facilities and the relative procedures for measurement, management, and reporting tests, to the aim of assessing PPE efficacy and biocompatibility. This new use allows to provide an overview of the performance of the various PPE prototypes and products that producers or importers intended to test according to the ISO standard, and in turn

revealed unexpected limitations and inadequacies, also in terms of procedures and standard specifications that need further investigation. 

Analogously, yet in a different direction, the need of integration of information from different sources imposes the adoption of new solutions for remote sensing and measuring systems. It is the case, as an example, of UV disinfection systems, whose wide-spread diffusion due to COVID-19 is leading to an ever-increasing pervasiveness of medium-to-small O3 sources that can be found, even inadvertently, in several diverse locations – workplaces, homes, hospitals, restaurants, and pubs. Since the exposure to O3 may potentially harm human health, emergency management highlighted the need for innovative and distributed monitoring systems for the measurement of O3 exposure. On the one side, there is the need to design and test innovative smart sensors, able to accurately provide meaningful measurement data, and to share data with other smart sensors and measuring systems. On the other side, new solutions, particularly exploiting the opportunities provided by the technology related to Internet of Things (IoT) need hence to be deployed, to allow an effective wide-area monitoring and real-time collection, integration, and analysis of data.

The aforementioned examples should be representative of a broader set of issues and unprecedented needs related to the management of emergencies. In this scenario, research contributions dealing with smart sensors, measuring instruments and monitoring solutions based on IoT technologies, as well as research related to the shortcomings of current standards are particularly welcome.

Topics of interest for this Special Session includes, but are not limited to:

  • Innovative Smart sensors and measuring systems for the management of emergencies
  • Design, characterization and testing of smart sensors and measuring systems for the management of emergencies
  • Applications of IoT sensors and measuring systems to the management of emergencies
  • Wireless Internet of Things solutions for smart sensors in emergencies management
  • Bluetooth and BLE technologies for IoT measurements applications
  • Long and Short-range wireless solutions, and LPWAN technologies for IoT measurements applications
  • Large scale deployment of IoT sensors for monitoring applications
  • Localization systems based on wireless sensor and IoT technologies
  • Testing of face masks with respect to performance parameters related to breath- ability and bacterial filtration efficiency
  • Testing of face masks with respect to biocompatibility parameters according to ISO 10993-1
  • Testing of performance for others PPE