Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) which are commonly known as drones can be potential enablers for providing different type of solutions in a futuristic smart city. Initially, drones were restricted to sophistic areas like military operations due to their cost and limited technological advancements. But, nowadays, the advent of more affordable technologies are enabling drones in finding their way to our day to day usage application areas like logistics, remote monitoring, cinematography, agricultural monitoring, search and rescue, and 3D-mapping. The development on Internet of Drones (IoD) is enabling the design of new architectures, standards and technologies to make the drone operations as autonomous as possible. A few of the thrust areas of IoD research are computing, communication, security and privacy, energy and sustainability. The limited computing resources available with the drones so as to keep it lightweight must be utilized effectively in terms of processing, computing, sensing and analyzing. For this reason, in order to enable long operating durations during the flight, efficient mechanisms must be designed to optimize the computing processes and needs of the drones. The limited battery capacity hinders the progression of drones by limiting the flight time. However, the energy-efficient computing procedures and mechanisms can reduce the tendency of energy dissipation thereby elongating the flight times during hover. Moreover, the latest innovations in terms of energy harvesting, wireless energy transfer and solar plates has opened new doors for opportunistic energy replacement during the hover time of the drones. The deployment of drones in sensitive and consumer related applications make it necessary to design sustainable and eco friendly solutions which could utilize the limited computing facilities of drones to provide enhanced quality of services to the users.
Although the distributed nature of IoD architecture provides various advantages in terms of scalability and autonomy, but it bring forward various mobility and controlling issues creating the need of special attention to the communication platforms also. The conventional network systems may not be very efficient in dealing with the dynamic requirements of IoD. Latest network paradigms such as software defined networking and network function virtualization provides new potentials of technological advancements in IoD communication architecture. Moreover, the next generation technologies such as-5G and NOMA also have shown a promising trends in the design of advanced communication solutions for IoD. As the drones are generally deployed in tough environments and terrains, therefore it is quite essential to provide a strong network and communication backbone. Otherwise, it may lead to adverse effects on the designed solutions or applications dependent on the drones. Security and privacy are yet another areas of concern for drones which needs focus of the research community as an attack on the IoD can be fatal and may lead to loses of lives and assets. There may be several solutions related to security and privacy but the applicability of these solutions with IoD perspective is questionable. Therefore, the applicability of those solutions in IoD needs to be analyzed keeping in view the nature of applications, limited computing and communication capabilities and the energy and sustainability constraints of drones. Moreover, the deployment of drones in consumer applications dealing with product delivery and logistics make it a compulsion to preserve the identity of users and the sensitive information associated with them. Blockchain can be a viable solution for preserving the data integrity and securing the entire transactional process involved. But, the limited computing capabilities require lightweight solutions which right now are not feasible in the available blockchain variants. Moreover, new cryptographic primitives need to be designed to protect and preserve the IoD from adversaries and attackers.
Keeping in view of the need of technological advancements in different enabling domains related to IoD, this special issue provides a platform to the research, academia and industrial technocrats to present their ideas and solutions from various perspectives related to drones. Thus, for this special issue , the deeply investigated works describing both theoretical and practical evaluations related to the design, analysis and implementation of secure and sustainable computing and communication technologies for IoD are invited. Some of the desired topics include, but are not limited to the following:
Cloud and big data technologies for drone networks.
Edge as a service for drones in smart communities.
Implementation and deployment of real-time test beds for 5G-drone setups.
Data collection, analytics, processing and delivery using drones in smart city.
Distributed caching and security protocols for inter-drone communications.
Content dissemination and named data networks for smart communities.
Advanced caching and content delivery technologies for IoD
Security, integrity and privacy solutions for IoD
Energy-aware and sustainable solutions for Inter-drone communications.
Energy-efficient computing, processing and analysis in IoD ecosystem.
Energy harvesting and wireless energy transfer for drones.
Trust management and collaborative solutions for IoD.
Lightweight blockchain solutions for IoD applications.
Smart contracts and consortium Blockchains for drone enabled consumer applications.
Software defined networks and network service chaining for IoD.
Artificial Intelligence in IoD operations and autonomy.
Artificial intelligence in traffic management in IoD.
Machine Learning and deep learning algorithms for IoD.
Mobility management and channel modeling in IoD.
IoT architectures and protocols of drone communication.
Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala, India
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Gagangeet Singh Aujla
Chandigarh University, Mohali, Punjab, India
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Mohammad S. Obaidat
King Abdullah School of Information Technology,
University of Jordan, Jordan.
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University of New Brunswick, Canada
Hongkong Plytechnic University, HongKong
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Manuscript Submission Deadline: 1 Dec, 2019
Initial Decision: March , 2020
Revised Manuscript Due: May, 2020
Decision Notification: June 2020
Final Manuscript Due: July, 2020
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