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Leopoldo Angrisani

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n the last decades, the role of the networks and communications has rapidly gained momentum thanks to their
primary role for worldwide progress and improvement of
the quality of life. As a matter of fact, networks and communications represent the fundamental pillars for the development
of a number of applications and services: from providing
widespread availability of broadband internet access to mobile and wireless communications, enabling applications in
the fields of telemedicine, remote monitoring and control,
smart road, smart city, Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle
to Infrastructure (V2I) communications, Personal Healthcare
monitoring, Internet of Things (IoT), and Industrial Internet of
Things (IIoT), just to name a few.
In such a wide and complex scenario, the development and
the advancement of measurement methods able to effectively
and accurately qualify these networks have become crucial to
guarantee the necessary quality and performance as well as
the continuous improvement of networks. On the other hand,
extended and reliable networks are essential for obtaining
comprehensive information about the monitored phenomena,
aimed at more effective monitoring and managing processes,
for applying early warnings and predictive maintenance
policies in several fields from industrial to civil and public infrastructures as well as for healthcare.
These are the foundations on which this special issue of
Instrumentation & Measurement Magazine has been based and
proposed. The concepts of Measurements for Networking and
Networking for Measurements were first introduced by my research group several years ago. In 2011, to share this (then new)
perspective with the Scientific Community, I also co-founded
the biennial IEEE International Symposium on Measurements
and Networking, which has now become a widely attended
event. I was also one of the co-founders of the IMS Technical
Committee " TC-37 Measurements and Networking " (whose
current chair is Domenico Capriglione). The scope of the
TC-37 is to promote the international cooperation between researchers from the IMS and colleagues from other areas of the
telecommunication and information technologies.
For this special issue of Instrumentation & Measurement
Magazine, eight high-quality articles have been selected, addressing some of the aforementioned topics. In particular, the
paper " On the Measurement of Human Exposure to Cellular Networks, " by Giovanni Betta, Domenico Capriglione et
al., highlights some open issues in human exposure measurement procedures to electromagnetic fields emitted by 2G, 3G
and 4G cellular base stations. Wide experimental campaigns
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performed in several countries show how a suitable refinement of the measurement methods and procedures, as well as
data post-processing and averaging techniques, have been investigated in detail in the community of measurements and
networking for improving the reliability of the measurement
results.
The paper " Embedded Split Ring Resonator Network for
Health Monitoring in Concrete Structures, " by Erika Pittella,
Leopoldo Angrisani et al., investigates the possibility of using a split ring resonator network, with a single feeding line, to
monitor cracks in the concrete and identify their location with
a single measurement. Exploiting microstrip technology, a diffused monitoring can be achieved together with the possibility
to use a low-cost, light, and adaptable sensor. The proposed
solution is novel and very promising concerning competitor
solutions.
In a similar application context, the paper " Structural
Health Monitoring and Prognostic of Industrial Plants and
Civil Structures: A Sensor to Cloud Architecture, " by Federica Zonzini, Cristiano Aguzzi et al., describes a practical
realization and application of a suitable architecture to be
used for several kinds of applications in the context of structural health monitoring and prognostics. Both topics are
very up-to-date and important also in modern industry
scenarios.
" A Cross-Layer Measurement Approach to Assess LoRa
Wireless Technology in Presence of Noise, " by Pasquale Arpaia, Francesco Bonavolontà et al., addresses the performance
assessment of IoT devices based on LoRa communication technology in both design and maintenance stages of the product
life cycle. To this aim, the authors proposed a cross-layer approach to experimentally correlate the values that characterize
major physical layer quantities to those assumed by key higher
layer parameters, thus providing useful information to fix possible problems at the vulnerable physical layer.
The paper " Exploiting IoT-Oriented Technologies for Measurement Networks of Environmental Radiation, " by Rosario
Schiano Lo Moriello et al., shows the potentiality of IoT architectures for environmental monitoring in critical applications.
In particular, they propose a scalable and flexible network
infrastructure that allows adding new nodes of different
chemical or physical quantities using minimal hardware requirements and standard software interface.
The work titled " Earthquake Early Detection as an
IEEE1451 Transducer Network Trigger for Urban Infrastructure Monitoring and Protection, " by Marco Carratù et al.,

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