The Industrial Internet of Things (I-IoT) is widely considered a key enabling technology of the fourth industrial revolution (I-4.0).
The bridging of industrial assets with cloud infrastructures will allow the generation of many digital twins. I-IoT will fuel a multitude of innovation processes aimed at optimizing industrial processes and methods. However, the introduction of industrial IoT technologies into factories is a complex and cumbersome activity.
Researchers, technicians, and entrepreneurs interested in bringing IoT into shop floors need to deal with reliability, scalability, compatibility, and security issues that are more complex in industrial environments than in consumer and domestic scenarios. Evolution from IoT to Industrial IoT requires a dedicated design process where the prototyping phase becomes crucial.
Companies need to reduce the investment required for testing I-4.0 and I-IoT solutions, thus increasing the Return of Investment (ROI) while minimizing the impact on production and organization. Moreover, Industry 4.0 pushes companies and factories toward lean production strategies where fast prototyping in R&D processes is mandatory.
For this reason, there is a strong need for reliable and secure fast prototyping solutions for Industrial IoT that, while guaranteeing a fast and cost-effective implementation of proof of concept, also guarantee future scalability toward extended, secure, stable and professional industrial setups.
A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 February 2022.
Special Issue Editors
Prof. Dr. Daniele Mazzei
Prof. Dr. Dorota Stadnicka
Dr. Joan Navarro
Prof. Dr. Chrysostomos Stylios
Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Lannaccone