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Sensors 2015, 15(9), 22874-22898; doi:10.3390/s150922874

Urban Automation Networks: Current and Emerging Solutions for Sensed Data Collection and Actuation in Smart Cities

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Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya/Fundació i2Cat, C/Esteve Terradas, 7, Castelldefels 08860, Spain
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Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya/Fundació i2Cat, C/Jordi Girona, 1-3, Barcelona 08034, Spain
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Academic Editor: Leonhard M. Reindl
Received: 14 July 2015 / Revised: 3 September 2015 / Accepted: 7 September 2015 / Published: 10 September 2015
(This article belongs to the Section Sensor Networks)
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Abstract

Urban Automation Networks (UANs) are being deployed worldwide in order to enable Smart City applications. Given the crucial role of UANs, as well as their diversity, it is critically important to assess their properties and trade-offs. This article introduces the requirements and challenges for UANs, characterizes the main current and emerging UAN paradigms, provides guidelines for their design and/or choice, and comparatively examines their performance in terms of a variety of parameters including coverage, power consumption, latency, standardization status and economic cost. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart cities; urban automation networks; sensor and actuator networks; low-power wireless networks; IEEE 802.15.4; IEEE 802.11; cellular networks; SIGFOX; DTN; Internet of Things smart cities; urban automation networks; sensor and actuator networks; low-power wireless networks; IEEE 802.15.4; IEEE 802.11; cellular networks; SIGFOX; DTN; Internet of Things
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Gomez, C.; Paradells, J. Urban Automation Networks: Current and Emerging Solutions for Sensed Data Collection and Actuation in Smart Cities. Sensors 2015, 15, 22874-22898.

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