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Integration of Utilities Infrastructures in a Future Internet Enabled Smart City Framework
Communications Engineering Department, University of Cantabria, Edificio de Ingeniería de Telecomunicaciones, Plaza de la Ciencia s/n, Santander 39005, Spain
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Received: 10 September 2013; in revised form: 14 October 2013 / Accepted: 18 October 2013 / Published: 25 October 2013
Abstract: Improving efficiency of city services and facilitating a more sustainable development of cities are the main drivers of the smart city concept. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) play a crucial role in making cities smarter, more accessible and more open. In this paper we present a novel architecture exploiting major concepts from the Future Internet (FI) paradigm addressing the challenges that need to be overcome when creating smarter cities. This architecture takes advantage of both the critical communications infrastructures already in place and owned by the utilities as well as of the infrastructure belonging to the city municipalities to accelerate efficient provision of existing and new city services. The paper highlights how FI technologies create the necessary glue and logic that allows the integration of current vertical and isolated city services into a holistic solution, which enables a huge forward leap for the efficiency and sustainability of our cities. Moreover, the paper describes a real-world prototype, that instantiates the aforementioned architecture, deployed in one of the parks of the city of Santander providing an autonomous public street lighting adaptation service. This prototype is a showcase on how added-value services can be seamlessly created on top of the proposed architecture.
Keywords: future internet; smart city; internet of things; proof-of-concept; key performance indicators
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Sánchez, L.; Elicegui, I.; Cuesta, J.; Muñoz, L.; Lanza, J. Integration of Utilities Infrastructures in a Future Internet Enabled Smart City Framework. Sensors 2013, 13, 14438-14465.
Sánchez L, Elicegui I, Cuesta J, Muñoz L, Lanza J. Integration of Utilities Infrastructures in a Future Internet Enabled Smart City Framework. Sensors. 2013; 13(11):14438-14465.
Sánchez, Luis; Elicegui, Ignacio; Cuesta, Javier; Muñoz, Luis; Lanza, Jorge. 2013. "Integration of Utilities Infrastructures in a Future Internet Enabled Smart City Framework." Sensors 13, no. 11: 14438-14465.