Manuscript Due

Sept. 1, 2019 (closed)


To exploit the huge potential market value of networked things, connecting and understanding objects rather than users has been driving the new wave of technological evolution. For example, a huge number of sensors and video cameras scatter in every corner of the city to gather different types of data. The sensed data is delivered through the Internet to control centers in different administrative sectors or vertical industries for improved service provision. The increasing wireless data requirements significantly exacerbate the problem of energy and spectrum shortage.

5G has emerged as the pivotal networking platform, where information is originated, delivered, processed and consumed. 5G IoT emphasizes compatible network architectures, improved provision of network services, efficient utilization of data and information, as well as close interaction with consumers. In particular, 5G adopts the model of massive machine type communications (mMTC), which is different from current human communication models by involving a potentially very large number of small and power-constrained devices with low volume of non-delay sensitive information.

In addition to mMTC, 5G new radio and NFV/SDN form the most efficient network architecture so far. It brings powerful nodes much closer to the scene by implementing edge/fog computing; it can also utilize network slicing and provide subscriber with isolated and service level agreement (SLA) guaranteed network services. As a result, subscribers will be able to achieve from integrated 5G IoT paradigm the ubiquitous access and flexible computational capability.

The vision is so appealing, but it remains the challenge of integrating 5G with related technologies. For example, how to use machine learning to enhance the ability of IoT platforms with efficient data analysis and effective decision making? Moreover, though 5G tends to form the foundation of intelligent IoT, it cannot accommodate all specific applications solely. The interoperability between 5G and other IoT solutions will be another challenging issue, which may lead to security and reliability concerns.

To overcome the challenges mentioned above, we propose this feature topic to help both academic and industrial research communities understand the recent research progress and emerging technologies of integrated 5G IoT.

Lead Guest Editor

  • Bo Rong, Communications Research Centre Canada

Guest Editors

  • William Liu, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
  • Michel Kadoch, École de technologie supérieure, Université du Québec, Canada
  • Ruidong Li, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Tokyo, Japan
EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking