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Special Issue "The Architectures, Systems, and Applications of Internet of Things for Smart Cities"

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Sensor Networks".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 October 2017

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Yuh-Shyan Chen

Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, National Taipei University, No. 151, University Rd., San Shia District, New Taipei City, 23741 Taiwan
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Interests: wireless sensor networks; fog computing for sensors; software-defined sensors; sensors with 5G; internet of things
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Chih-Yung Chang

Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, Tamkang University, Taipei 251, Taiwan
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Interests: internet of things; home care technologies; wireless sensor networks and big data analytics
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Tzung-Shi Chen

Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, National University of Tainan, Tainan 700, Taiwan
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Interests: mobile computing; wireless networks; internet of things
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Victor C.M. Leung

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
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Phone: +1-604-822-6932
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Interests: cognitive wireless networks; big data mobile systems; mobile cloud computing
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Sherali Zeadally

School of Information Science, College of Communication and Information, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 40516, USA
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Interests: network security; cybersecurity; information security; mobile computing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Smart cities are regarded as systems to promote people’s quality of life by using advanced information and communication technology (ICT) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to improve the efficiency of services and meet residents' needs in urban environments. IoT can be used to enhance quality, efficiency, and interactivity of urban services, as well as to reduce resource consumption and cost. Nowadays, telecommunication companies, IoT companies, research institutions, and universities are to deploy IoT systems across all dimensions of urban services such as smart grid, smart buildings, smart utility, healthcare, environmental monitoring, smart transportation, smart industries, etc. IoT plays an important role in developing advanced techniques and implementing intelligent systems for smart cities.

This Special Issue aims to address the architectures, systems, and applications of IoT for smart cities. It solicits the state-of-the-art theoretical, as well as practical works on a broad range of issues important on IoT for smart cities for researches, developers, and practitioners from both academia and industry.

Topics of primary interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Architecture design of IoT for smart cites
  • System design of IoT for smart cites
  • Applications of IoT for smart cites
  • Sensing technologies in IoT for smart cities
  • Embedded systems, computing, and networking technology in IoT for smart cities
  • Artificial intelligence, advanced human to machine interaction, machine to machine technologies in smart cites
  • Citizen-centric IoT for smart cities
  • Data collection, fusion and processing technology, and monitoring system design in smart cities
  • Information and communication techniques of IoT for smart cities
  • Smart grid for smart cities
  • Smart transportation and vehicles for smart cities
  • Intelligent control, signal processing technology in IoT for smart cities
  • Energy management and energy efficiency for IoT in smart cities
  • Information security technology and privacy in IoT for smart cities
  • Reliability, self-organization, self-healing, hybrid communication network in IoT for smart cities
  • Wireless rechargeable sensor networks and wireless energy transfer for smart cities
  • Fog computing for smart cities
  • Big data analysis and cloud computing of IoT for smart cities
  • IoT testbed and experiment experiences in smart cities

Prof. Dr. Yuh-Shyan Chen
Prof. Dr. Chih-Yung Chang
Prof. Dr. Tzung-Shi Chen
Prof. Dr. Victor C.M. Leung
Prof. Dr. Sherali Zeadally
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Architecture of IoT
  • System of IoT
  • Applications of IoT
  • Wireless sensor networks
  • Wireless rechargeable sensor networks
  • Security

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Open AccessArticle A Comprehensive System for Monitoring Urban Accessibility in Smart Cities
Sensors 2017, 17(8), 1834; doi:10.3390/s17081834
Received: 21 June 2017 / Revised: 24 July 2017 / Accepted: 7 August 2017 / Published: 9 August 2017
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The present work discusses the possibilities offered by the evolution of Information and Communication Technologies with the aim of designing a system to dynamically obtain knowledge of accessibility issues in urban environments. This system is facilitated by technology to analyse the urban user
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The present work discusses the possibilities offered by the evolution of Information and Communication Technologies with the aim of designing a system to dynamically obtain knowledge of accessibility issues in urban environments. This system is facilitated by technology to analyse the urban user experience and movement accessibility, which enabling accurate identification of urban barriers and monitoring its effectiveness over time. Therefore, the main purpose of the system is to meet the real needs and requirements of people with movement disabilities. The information obtained can be provided as a support service for decision-making to be used by city government, institutions, researchers, professionals and other individuals of society in general to improve the liveability and quality of the lives of citizens. The proposed system is a means of social awareness that makes the most vulnerable groups of citizens visible by involving them as active participants. To perform and implement the system, the latest communication and positioning technologies for smart sensing have been used, as well as the cloud computing paradigm. Finally, to validate the proposal, a case study has been presented using the university environment as a pre-deployment step in urban environments. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Experimental Characterization of Close-Emitter Interference in an Optical Camera Communication System
Sensors 2017, 17(7), 1561; doi:10.3390/s17071561
Received: 22 June 2017 / Revised: 30 June 2017 / Accepted: 30 June 2017 / Published: 4 July 2017
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Due to the massive insertion of embedded cameras in a wide variety of devices and the generalized use of LED lamps, Optical Camera Communication (OCC) has been proposed as a practical solution for future Internet of Things (IoT) and smart cities applications. Influence
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Due to the massive insertion of embedded cameras in a wide variety of devices and the generalized use of LED lamps, Optical Camera Communication (OCC) has been proposed as a practical solution for future Internet of Things (IoT) and smart cities applications. Influence of mobility, weather conditions, solar radiation interference, and external light sources over Visible Light Communication (VLC) schemes have been addressed in previous works. Some authors have studied the spatial intersymbol interference from close emitters within an OCC system; however, it has not been characterized or measured in function of the different transmitted wavelengths. In this work, this interference has been experimentally characterized and the Normalized Power Signal to Interference Ratio (NPSIR) for easily determining the interference in other implementations, independently of the selected system devices, has been also proposed. A set of experiments in a darkroom, working with RGB multi-LED transmitters and a general purpose camera, were performed in order to obtain the NPSIR values and to validate the deduced equations for 2D pixel representation of real distances. These parameters were used in the simulation of a wireless sensor network scenario in a small office, where the Bit Error Rate (BER) of the communication link was calculated. The experiments show that the interference of other close emitters in terms of the distance and the used wavelength can be easily determined with the NPSIR. Finally, the simulation validates the applicability of the deduced equations for scaling the initial results into real scenarios. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Dynamic Resource Allocation and Access Class Barring Scheme for Delay-Sensitive Devices in Machine to Machin (M2M) Communnications
Sensors 2017, 17(6), 1407; doi:10.3390/s17061407
Received: 28 March 2017 / Revised: 8 June 2017 / Accepted: 8 June 2017 / Published: 15 June 2017
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Supporting simultaneous access of machine-type devices is a critical challenge in machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. In this paper, we propose an optimal scheme to dynamically adjust the Access Class Barring (ACB) factor and the number of random access channel (RACH) resources for clustered machine-to-machine
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Supporting simultaneous access of machine-type devices is a critical challenge in machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. In this paper, we propose an optimal scheme to dynamically adjust the Access Class Barring (ACB) factor and the number of random access channel (RACH) resources for clustered machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, in which Delay-Sensitive (DS) devices coexist with Delay-Tolerant (DT) ones. In M2M communications, since delay-sensitive devices share random access resources with delay-tolerant devices, reducing the resources consumed by delay-sensitive devices means that there will be more resources available to delay-tolerant ones. Our goal is to optimize the random access scheme, which can not only satisfy the requirements of delay-sensitive devices, but also take the communication quality of delay-tolerant ones into consideration. We discuss this problem from the perspective of delay-sensitive services by adjusting the resource allocation and ACB scheme for these devices dynamically. Simulation results show that our proposed scheme realizes good performance in satisfying the delay-sensitive services as well as increasing the utilization rate of the random access resources allocated to them. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Belief Interval of Dempster-Shafer Theory for Line-of-Sight Identification in Indoor Positioning Applications
Sensors 2017, 17(6), 1242; doi:10.3390/s17061242
Received: 8 March 2017 / Revised: 9 May 2017 / Accepted: 23 May 2017 / Published: 30 May 2017
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Location data are among the most widely used contextual data in context-aware and ubiquitous computing applications. Numerous systems with distinct deployment costs and levels of positioning accuracy have been developed over the past decade for indoor positioning purposes. The most useful method focuses
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Location data are among the most widely used contextual data in context-aware and ubiquitous computing applications. Numerous systems with distinct deployment costs and levels of positioning accuracy have been developed over the past decade for indoor positioning purposes. The most useful method focuses on the received signal strength (RSS) and provides a set of signal transmission access points. Furthermore, most positioning systems are based on non-line-of-sight (NLOS) rather than line-of-sight (LOS) conditions, and this cause ranging errors for location predictions. Hence, manually compiling a fingerprint database measuring RSS involves high costs and is thus impractical in online prediction environments. In our proposed method, a comparison method is derived on the basis of belief intervals, as proposed in Dempster-Shafer theory, and the signal features are characterized on the LOS and NLOS conditions for different field experiments. The system performance levels were examined with different features and under different environments through robust testing and by using several widely used machine learning methods. The results showed that the proposed method can not only retain positioning accuracy but also save computation time in location predictions. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Attack Classification Schema for Smart City WSNs
Sensors 2017, 17(4), 771; doi:10.3390/s17040771
Received: 16 January 2017 / Revised: 3 March 2017 / Accepted: 1 April 2017 / Published: 5 April 2017
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Urban areas around the world are populating their streets with wireless sensor networks (WSNs) in order to feed incipient smart city IT systems with metropolitan data. In the future smart cities, WSN technology will have a massive presence in the streets, and the
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Urban areas around the world are populating their streets with wireless sensor networks (WSNs) in order to feed incipient smart city IT systems with metropolitan data. In the future smart cities, WSN technology will have a massive presence in the streets, and the operation of municipal services will be based to a great extent on data gathered with this technology. However, from an information security point of view, WSNs can have failures and can be the target of many different types of attacks. Therefore, this raises concerns about the reliability of this technology in a smart city context. Traditionally, security measures in WSNs have been proposed to protect specific protocols in an environment with total control of a single network. This approach is not valid for smart cities, as multiple external providers deploy a plethora of WSNs with different security requirements. Hence, a new security perspective needs to be adopted to protect WSNs in smart cities. Considering security issues related to the deployment of WSNs as a main data source in smart cities, in this article, we propose an intrusion detection framework and an attack classification schema to assist smart city administrators to delimit the most plausible attacks and to point out the components and providers affected by incidents. We demonstrate the use of the classification schema providing a proof of concept based on a simulated selective forwarding attack affecting a parking and a sound WSN. Full article
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