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International Journal of Intelligent Engineering Informatics
International Journal of Intelligent Engineering Informatics


SMART COM 2020: Special Issue on: "Blockchain and Decentralised Internet of Things"

Guest Editor:
Dr. Mohammad Ayoub Khan, University of Bisha, Saudi Arabia

The current internet of things (IoT) environment rely on centralised(client/server) model. The connection, authentication and data processing of the devices are managing using cloud servers that requires high processing power and storage capacity even if they happen to be a few feet apart. This model is good for small-scale IoT, however, the growing needs of the large IoT environment will need a decentralised model.

The decentralised IoT environment would not only reduce the infrastructure cost but provide standardised peer-to-peer communication model for the hundreds of billions of transactions. However, peer-to-peer communication has a big challenge of security.

The blockchain technology ensures transparent interactions between different parties in a more secure and trusted way using distributed ledger and proof of work (POW) consensus algorithm. The idea of blockchain can be implanted to IoT networks to deal with the issue of scale, trustworthy and decentralisation, thereby allowing billions of devices to share the same network without the need for additional resources. However, the limited processing power, storage size and energy consumption of IoT device is a major point of concern for blockchain cryptographic functions. Moreover, the efficiency, reliability, interoperability among blockchains still need to be studied and addressed.

The purpose of this special issue is to state-of-the art and future perspectives of decentralised Internet of Things, where industry experts, researchers, and academicians will share ideas and experiences surrounding frontier technologies, breakthrough and innovative solutions and applications

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Blockchain and the Internet of Things
  • Decentralised Internet of Things
  • Architecture and framework for decentralised Internet of things
  • Blockchain in future network architecture
  • Encryption technology in blockchain
  • Identification technology and access control techniques in blockchain
  • Cross-chain communication protocols
  • Database for blockchain
  • Data consistency in blockchain
  • Flow characteristics analysis
  • Decentralized schemes for communication network
  • Privacy enhancement technology in blockchain
  • Consensus Algorithms
  • Accountability in blockchain
  • Security of blockchain
  • Policy and law research about blockchain
  • Blockchain for data collection and analysis in communication networks
  • Blockchain for communication network management
  • Smart Contract

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our Submitting articles page.

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 28 July, 2020

Notification to authors: 28 August, 2020

Final versions due by: 28 September, 2020