Special Issue "Communications and Computing for Sustainable Development Goals"

A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2017

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Luca Chiaraviglio

Department of Electronic Engineering, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Via del Politecnico 1, 00133, Rome, Italy
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Phone: +1-330-308-7485
Interests: 5G networks; sustainable computing; energy-efficient networking
Guest Editor
Dr. William Liu

Department of Information Technology and Software Engineering, School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
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Interests: network survivability; sustainable computing and communications; trust computing
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Jaap Van de Beek

Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
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Interests: 5G mobile broadband networks; 5G radio access in tough industrial environments and in dynamic spectrum-access regimes
Guest Editor
Dr. Filip Idzikowski

Poznan University of Technology, Poznan, Poland
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Interests: power consumption of multi-layer core networks; traffic modeling, protection, and routing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector is currently focused on exploring different technological challenges, such us increasing the speed, maximizing the available capacity, and, in general, improving the performance of ICT systems. However, little attention has been paid so far to the role of ICT towards sustainable development. For example, the forthcoming 5G technology is mainly devoted to urban areas, while the development of such technology in rural zones is not yet considered. Additionally, more than two billions people still lack an Internet connection, and relatively low number of initiatives are being put into place to invert this trend.

This Special Issue dedicates itself to explore the role and impact of the transformational power of ICT for making our world more sustainable: saving energy and material resources by creating more value from less physical input, increasing quality of life for ever more people without compromising future generations ability to meet their needs. In this context, the United Nations General Assembly has proposed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a list of actions over the next fifteen years in areas of critical importance for the humanity and the planet. The goal of this Special Issue is to pursue these goals in all areas of networking and computing. Papers related to ICT for Sustainability in a broad sense such as Sustainability by ICT, Sustainability in ICT and their overarching aspects, and especially papers developing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are welcome.

Dr. Luca Chiaraviglio
Dr. William Liu
Prof. Dr. Jaap Van de Beek
Dr. Filip Idzikowski
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Topics of Interests:
  • 5G networks for rural zones
  • Sustainable backbone networks/cellular network or data centers
  • New paradigms to improve the network sustainability: softwarization and fog computing
  • Networks elements and storage units powered by renewable sources
  • Sustainable architectures for increasing the connectivity in rural zones
  • Sustainable drone-services and network-services
  • e-Health applications for rural zones
  • Emergency services in rural zones
  • Case-studies results from the application of networks and services for improving the sustainability
  • Measurement of sustainability including metrics and benchmarks in networks and computing resources

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Open AccessArticle Energy Efficient Power Allocation for the Uplink of Distributed Massive MIMO Systems
Future Internet 2017, 9(2), 21; doi:10.3390/fi9020021
Received: 19 March 2017 / Revised: 27 May 2017 / Accepted: 2 June 2017 / Published: 9 June 2017
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In this paper, an energy efficient power allocation scheme is proposed for a distributed massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) system with a circular antenna array. Single-antenna users simultaneously transmit signal to the base station (BS) with a large number of distributed antennas. The tight
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In this paper, an energy efficient power allocation scheme is proposed for a distributed massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) system with a circular antenna array. Single-antenna users simultaneously transmit signal to the base station (BS) with a large number of distributed antennas. The tight approximation of the energy efficiency (EE) is derived in closed form expressions. Through jointly optimizing the power allocation and the antenna number of BS, an NP-hard problem is formulated to maximize the EE. The equal power allocation is proved to be optimal given the total transmit power and the number of antennas. Finally, the optimal antenna number is determined by one dimension search. It is noteworthy that the NP-hard problem is solved by one dimension search. Simulation results validate the accuracy and the low-complexity of our proposed scheme. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Spectrum and Energy Efficiency of Uplink Massive MIMO System with D2D Underlay
Future Internet 2017, 9(2), 12; doi:10.3390/fi9020012
Received: 7 March 2017 / Revised: 7 April 2017 / Accepted: 12 April 2017 / Published: 13 April 2017
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In this paper, both the spectrum efficiency (SE) and the energy efficiency (EE) are investigated for an uplink massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) system coexisting with an underlay device-to-device (D2D) system. The outage probability and the achievable rates of the cellular user equipments (CUEs)
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In this paper, both the spectrum efficiency (SE) and the energy efficiency (EE) are investigated for an uplink massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) system coexisting with an underlay device-to-device (D2D) system. The outage probability and the achievable rates of the cellular user equipments (CUEs) and the D2D link are derived in closed-form, respectively. Constrained by the SE of the D2D link and the CUEs, the EE of the massive MIMO system is maximized by jointly optimizing the transmit power of CUEs and the number of BS antennas. An algorithm with low complexity is proposed to solve the optimization problem. Performance results are provided to validate our derived closed-from results and verify the efficiency of our proposed scheme. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Designing a Softwarized Network Deployed on a Fleet of Drones for Rural Zone Monitoring
Future Internet 2017, 9(1), 8; doi:10.3390/fi9010008
Received: 9 January 2017 / Revised: 16 February 2017 / Accepted: 13 March 2017 / Published: 20 March 2017
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In the last decade, the differences in the information communication technology (ICT) infrastructures between urban and rural areas have registered a tremendous increase. ICT infrastructures could strongly help rural communities where many operations are time consuming, labor-intensive and expensive due to limited access
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In the last decade, the differences in the information communication technology (ICT) infrastructures between urban and rural areas have registered a tremendous increase. ICT infrastructures could strongly help rural communities where many operations are time consuming, labor-intensive and expensive due to limited access and large distances to cover. One of the most attractive solutions, which is widely recognized as promising for filling this gap, is the use of drone fleets. In this context, this paper proposes a video monitoring platform as a service (VMPaaS) for wide rural areas not covered by Internet access. The platform is realized with a Software-Defined Network (SDN)/Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)-based flying ad-hoc network (FANET), whose target is providing a flexible and dynamic connectivity backbone, and a set of drones equipped with high-resolution cameras, each transmitting a video stream of a portion of the considered area. After describing the architecture of the proposed platform, service chains to realize the video delivery service are described, and an analytical model is defined to evaluate the computational load of the platform nodes in such a way so as to allow the network orchestrator to decide the backbone drones where running the virtual functions, and the relative resources to be allocated. Numerical analysis is carried out in a case study. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Designing and Implementing Weather Generators as Web Services
Future Internet 2016, 8(4), 55; doi:10.3390/fi8040055
Received: 23 October 2016 / Revised: 30 November 2016 / Accepted: 8 December 2016 / Published: 15 December 2016
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Climate and weather realizations are essential inputs for simulating crop growth and yields to analyze the risks associated with future conditions. To simplify the procedure of generating weather realizations and make them available over the Internet, we implemented novel mechanisms for providing weather
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Climate and weather realizations are essential inputs for simulating crop growth and yields to analyze the risks associated with future conditions. To simplify the procedure of generating weather realizations and make them available over the Internet, we implemented novel mechanisms for providing weather generators as web services, as well as a mechanism for sharing identical weather realizations given a climatological information. A web service for preparing long-term climate data was implemented based on an international standard, Sensor Observation Service (SOS). The weather generator services, which are the core components of the framework, analyze climatological data, and can take seasonal climate forecasts as inputs for generating weather realizations. The generated weather realizations are encoded in a standard format, which are ready for use to crop modeling. All outputs are generated in SOS standard, which broadens the extent of data sharing and interoperability with other sectoral applications, e.g., water resources management. These services facilitate the development of other applications requiring input weather realizations, as these can be obtained easily by just calling the service. The workload of analysts related to data preparation and handling of legacy weather generator programs can be reduced. The architectural design and implementation presented here can be used as a prototype for constructing further services on top of an interoperable sensor network system. Full article
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Open AccessReview A Comprehensive Survey on Real-Time Applications of WSN
Future Internet 2017, 9(4), 77; doi:10.3390/fi9040077
Received: 15 October 2017 / Revised: 31 October 2017 / Accepted: 3 November 2017 / Published: 7 November 2017
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Nowadays, the investigation of the Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) has materialized its functional area ubiquitously such as environmental engineering, industrial and business applications, military, feedstock and habitat, agriculture sector, seismic detection, intelligent buildings, smart grids, and predictive maintenance, etc. Although some challenges still
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Nowadays, the investigation of the Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) has materialized its functional area ubiquitously such as environmental engineering, industrial and business applications, military, feedstock and habitat, agriculture sector, seismic detection, intelligent buildings, smart grids, and predictive maintenance, etc. Although some challenges still exist in the wireless sensor network, in spite of the shortcoming, it has been gaining significant attention among researchers and technologists due to its versatility and robustness. WSN is subject to a high potential technology that has been successfully implemented and tested in real-time scenarios, as well as deployed practically in various applications. In this paper, we have carried out an extensive survey in real-time applications of wireless sensor network deployment in a practical scenario such as the real-time intelligent monitoring of temperature, criminal activity in borders and surveillance on traffic monitoring, vehicular behavior on roads, water level and pressure, and remote monitoring of patients. The application of the Wireless Sensor Network in the assorted field of research areas has been widely deliberated. WSN is found to be the most effective solution in remote areas which are not yet explored due to its perilous nature and unreachable places. Here, in this study, we have cited the recent and updated research on the ubiquitous usage of WSN in diverse fields in an extensive and comprehensive approach. Full article
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