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Sensors 2018, 18(1), 64;

Towards the Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems for Providing Sustainable Services in Smart Cities

Quercus Software Engineering Group, INTIA (Instituto de Investigación en Tecnologías Aplicadas de Extremadura), University of Extremadura, Cáceres, Spain
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Received: 26 October 2017 / Revised: 4 December 2017 / Accepted: 15 December 2017 / Published: 27 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Sensors for Sustainable Smart Cities and Smart Buildings)
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Sustainability is at the heart of many application fields where the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) is becoming more and more important (e.g., agriculture, fire detection and prediction, environmental surveillance, mapping, etc.). However, their usage and evolution are highly conditioned by the specific application field they are designed for, and thus, they cannot be easily reused among different application fields. From this point of view, being that they are not multipurpose, we can say that they are not fully sustainable. Bearing this in mind, the objective of this paper is two-fold: on the one hand, to identify the whole set of features that must be provided by a UAS to be considered sustainable and to show that there is no UAS satisfying all these features; on the other hand, to present an open and sustainable UAS architecture that may be used to build UAS on demand to provide the features needed in each application field. Since this architecture is mainly based on software and hardware adaptability, it contributes to the technical sustainability of cities. View Full-Text
Keywords: UAS; technical sustainability; drones UAS; technical sustainability; drones

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Moguel, E.; Conejero, J.M.; Sánchez-Figueroa, F.; Hernández, J.; Preciado, J.C.; Sánchez-Figueroa, F.; Rodríguez-Echeverría, R. Towards the Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems for Providing Sustainable Services in Smart Cities. Sensors 2018, 18, 64.

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