Special Issue "Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks for Smart Cities"

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Burak Kantarci

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, K1N 6N5, Canada
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Interests: Internet of Things; Big Data in the Network; Crowdsensing and Social Networks; Cloud Networking; Digital Health (D-Health); Green ICT and Sustainable Communications
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Sema Oktug

Department of Computer Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Maslak 34469 Istanbul, Turkey
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Interests: wireless networks (sensor, mesh, cognitive); issues related to Internet of Things; performance modelling of computer networks

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Our lives are being transformed by the interplay between mobile networks, wireless communications and artificial intelligence. This transformation is an outcome of the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) concept, and the advancements in computer architectures that translate into high computing power, high performance processing and huge memory capacities. In addition to the IoT, as a very close concept, cyber-physical systems target seamless integration of physical systems with computing and communication resources. Furthermore, in the urban areas, the integration of the “software-defined sensor networks” and “sensing as a service” concepts with the legacy WSN-based systems is leading to the transformation of the conventional city services towards smart cities. 

Smart energy, smart driving, smart homes, smart living, smart governance and smart health are just a few services that can be offered by smart cities. Furthermore, while these concepts are the major application areas, smart citizens close the loop by participating in sensing, actuating and decision making processes. In the smart cities, legacy WSN-based services are extended by having citizens act as sensors. Opportunistic or participatory sensing models enable groups of individuals to collaboratively work towards the same goal with strong interaction links even though this does not always require strong social links between them. Thus, dedicated and non-dedicated wireless sensors form communities; collaborating communities form social networks where interaction can occur in the form of software-defined sensing. This transformation in WSNs introduces unique solutions for the communication plane of smart cities.

In addition to the communication plane challenges, the smart environments require the IoT and WSN sensors to report massive amount of unstructured data in heterogeneous format, which in turn leads to the big sensed data phenomenon. Additionally, addressing the high volume by effective machine learning or data mining techniques, novel data acquisition and processing methodologies for big sensed data are emergent in order to address the high velocity, high variety and high veracity aspects. Moreover, in order to offer smart city services effectively, it is viable to envision massive amount of connected wireless/wired sensors/IoT devices. Thus, scalability remains an open issue in integration the components of a smart city that are mentioned above. While ensuring scalability and connectivity of this infrastructure remains an open issue, battery-limitation of wireless sensors is a grand challenge especially in time sensitive services in smart cities.

In this Special Issue, we are seeking submissions that focus on novel solutions for wireless sensor and actuator networks in smart cities. This Special Issue invites academic and industry researchers in computer science and engineering, electrical engineering and communication engineering, as well as ICT industry engineers and practitioners, to contribute with original articles in all aspects of wireless sensor network and actuator systems for smart cities.

Contributions may include, but are not limited to:

  • Physical layer challenges in WSNs in smart city applications
  • Cross-layer solutions for WSNs and IoT to support smart city services
  • WSN and Internet of Things (IoT) architectures, protocols, platforms and algorithms
  • Device-to-Device networks for smart  cities.
  • Application-layer protocols for WSNs to enable efficient smart city applications
  • Planning of sensor networks in smart cities
  • The interplay between dedicated and non-dedicated sensing
  • Opportunistic and participatory sensing in smart cities
  • Design and Management of Mobile Crowd-Sensing Systems in smart cities
  • Energy harvesting solutions for WSNs in smart cities
  • Vehicular sensing solutions for smart city applications
  • Novel sensory data acquisition techniques
  • Real time and near-real time data analytics on sensory data
  • Software Defined Sensor Networks and Sensing as a Service in smart cities
  • Security, Privacy and Trust in Smart City Sensing
  • Smart city big data and open data
  • Standards for IoT and WSNs in smart city applications
  • Application, deployment, testbed,  experiment experiences and innovative applications for WSN-enabled smart cities
  • IoT-driven smart Governance, smart economy and smart environment

Dr. Burak Kantarci
Prof. Dr. Sema Oktug
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • wireless sensor and actuator networks
  • smart cities
  • Internet of Things
  • cyber-physical systems
  • device-to-device networks
  • opportunistic sensing
  • participatory sensing
  • big sensed data
  • sensory data acquisition
  • smart citizens
  • non-dedicated sensing
  • social sensing

Published Papers (2 papers)

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Research

Open AccessArticle Designing and Managing a Smart Parking System Using Wireless Sensor Networks
J. Sens. Actuator Netw. 2018, 7(2), 24; https://doi.org/10.3390/jsan7020024
Received: 10 April 2018 / Revised: 29 May 2018 / Accepted: 31 May 2018 / Published: 6 June 2018
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For several years, the population of cities has continued to multiply at a rapid pace. The main cause of this phenomenon in developing countries like Morocco is the rural exodus. In fact, rural youth are increasingly attracted by the modern way of life
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For several years, the population of cities has continued to multiply at a rapid pace. The main cause of this phenomenon in developing countries like Morocco is the rural exodus. In fact, rural youth are increasingly attracted by the modern way of life and the opportunities of employment offered by cities. This increase in population density has a large number of negative effects on the quality of life in the city. The most obvious is the intensity of the traffic, which has become an almost insurmountable problem and which causes a great deal of damage, such as the increase in the number of accidents that cause serious bodily harm to the road users, the pollution caused by the large amount of CO2 released by the vehicles, and the continuous stress of drivers who must drive in often narrow and very busy roads and who must look for a long time to find a space to park. Thus, to solve the parking problem, several modern technologies have been created to equip car parks with smart devices that help road users identify the nearest car park that has a free space. These technologies most often use wireless sensor networks and Internet of Things (IoT) technology. In this paper, we present the design and development of a smart parking system using the latest technologies based on wireless sensor networks (WSN). Our system uses an adaptable and hybrid self-organization algorithm for wireless sensor networks that adapts to all types of car parks existing in the city (linear and mass parking), and offers a better management of the energy consumption during the wireless communication to increase the lifetime of the sensor nodes and the longevity of the WSN. This system also offers innovative services which facilitate the task to the drivers when looking for an available parking space in the city near their destination, in a fast and efficient manner. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Low-Cost IoT: A Holistic Approach
J. Sens. Actuator Netw. 2018, 7(2), 19; https://doi.org/10.3390/jsan7020019
Received: 5 April 2018 / Revised: 30 April 2018 / Accepted: 4 May 2018 / Published: 8 May 2018
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The key factors for a successful smart-city project are its initial cost and its scalability. The initial cost depends on several inter-related aspects that cannot be designed and optimized separately. After the pilot deployment, scaling-up takes place only if the cost remains affordable:
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The key factors for a successful smart-city project are its initial cost and its scalability. The initial cost depends on several inter-related aspects that cannot be designed and optimized separately. After the pilot deployment, scaling-up takes place only if the cost remains affordable: an initial financial support may induce dependencies from technologies that become unsustainable in the long period. In addition, the initial adoption of an emerging technology that fails to affirm may jeopardize investment return. This paper investigates a smart-village use case, the success of which strongly depends on the initial cost and scalability, exploring a low-cost way for Internet of Things (IoT). We propose a simple conceptual framework for cost evaluation, and we verify its effectiveness with an exhaustive use case: a prototype sensor designed and tested with its surrounding eco-system. Using experimental results, we can estimate both performance and cost for a pilot system made of fifty sensors deployed in an urban area. We show that such cost grows linearly with system size, taking advantage of widely adopted technologies. The code and the design of the prototype are available, so that all steps are reproducible. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Wireless Sensor Network-Driven Real Time Waste Management for Smart Cities
Authors: Damla Gulen, Ahmed Omara, Sema Oktug, Burak Kantarci

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