Topical Collection "Innovative People-Centered Solutions Applied to Industries, Cities and Societies"

Editors

Prof. Dr. Dino Giuli
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Collection Editor
Department of Information Engineering (DINFO), University of Florence, Via Santa Marta, 3, 50139 Florence, Italy
Interests: information society; smart cities; e-government; e-mobility; smart mission critical systems; remote-sensing systems
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Dr. Carlos Filipe Da Silva Portela
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Collection Editor
Founder & CEO of IOTech; Information Systems and Technologies, Algoritmi Research Centre, University of Minho, 4800 Guimarães, Portugal
Interests: knowledge discovery; data science; progressive web apps; research and development
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Topical Collection Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Topical Collection on innovative people-centered solutions in industry has the goal of disseminating works following the IO paradigm. The IO paradigm means the application of people-centered technological innovation to industry or to a societal area. It represents innovation (I) on (O) the use of technologies able to solve specific issues/concerns of citizens, business or society. This paradigm was created by a technological start-up, IOTECH—Innovation on Technology. IOTech (https://iotech.pt) researches and develops pervasive, innovative and intelligent web/mobile solutions to address the concerns of industry, business, citizens and society.

The paradigm is materialised in an artefact, typical an ioSolution through the application of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) concept. The artefact must be responsive and allow the operation of services, and the resolution of real problems of the industry without it being necessary to buy new equipment. The user can consume a set of services through their own device (mobile phone, tablet, computer, television, among others).

The ioSolution must be pervasive, innovative and use concepts associated with machine-learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality, enabling the development of smart progressive web apps.

This Topical Collection intends to link researchers and professionals able to explore new solutions applied to society and industry. It will further explore and present paradigms, solutions or best practices able to be implemented in the real world. It represents a new era of disseminating knowledge by showing how scientific knowledge can be transferred to society and applied in industry.

In order to contribute to addressing this paradigm, this Topical Collection intends to collect the current developments and future directions of people-centered solutions applied to industry. Hence, we encourage authors to submit original papers related to these fields and disseminate their knowledge to society. All the articles must be people-centered and/or focus on industry.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Internet of Things
  • Progressive web app
  • Pervasive and cloud computing
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) solutions
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Web/mobile solutions
  • Big data, open data and analytical tools
  • Smart cities
  • Wellbeing solutions
  • Smart solutions
  • Augmented reality
  • System interoperability
  • Blockchain
  • System and applications security
  • Industry 4.0

Prof. Dr. Dino Giuli
Prof. Dr. Carlos Filipe Da Silva Portela
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • People-centered
  • IOT
  • Industry 4.0
  • BYOD
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Data Science
  • Web/Mobile
  • smart cities
  • sustainable societies

Published Papers (7 papers)

2022

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Article
A System Proposal for Information Management in Building Sector Based on BIM, SSI, IoT and Blockchain
Future Internet 2022, 14(5), 140; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi14050140 - 30 Apr 2022
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This work presents a Self Sovereign Identity based system proposal to show how Blockchain, Building Information Modeling, Internet of Thing devices, and Self Sovereign Identity concepts can support the process of building digitalization, guaranteeing the compliance standards and technical regulations. The proposal ensures [...] Read more.
This work presents a Self Sovereign Identity based system proposal to show how Blockchain, Building Information Modeling, Internet of Thing devices, and Self Sovereign Identity concepts can support the process of building digitalization, guaranteeing the compliance standards and technical regulations. The proposal ensures eligibility, transparency and traceability of all information produced by stakeholders, or generated by IoT devices appropriately placed, during the entire life cycle of a building artifact. By exploiting the concepts of the Self Sovereign Identity, our proposal allows the identification of all involved stakeholders, the storage off-chain of all information, and that on-chain of the sole data necessary for the information notarization and certification, adopting multi-signature approval mechanisms where appropriate. In addition it allows the eligibility verification of the certificated information, providing also useful information for facility management. It is proposed as an innovative system and companies that adopt the Open Innovation paradigm might want to pursue it. The model proposal is designed exploiting the Veramo platform, hence the Ethereum Blockchain, and all the recommendations about Self Sovereign Identity systems given by the European Blockchain Partnership, and by the World Wide Web Consortium. Full article
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Using Satellite Imagery to Improve Local Pollution Models for High-Voltage Transmission Lines and Insulators
Future Internet 2022, 14(4), 99; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi14040099 - 23 Mar 2022
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This paper addresses the regression modeling of local environmental pollution levels for electric power industry needs, which is fundamental for the proper design and maintenance of high-voltage transmission lines and insulators in order to prevent various hazards, such as accidental flashovers due to [...] Read more.
This paper addresses the regression modeling of local environmental pollution levels for electric power industry needs, which is fundamental for the proper design and maintenance of high-voltage transmission lines and insulators in order to prevent various hazards, such as accidental flashovers due to pollution and the resultant power outages. The primary goal of our study was to increase the precision of regression models for this application area by exploiting additional input attributes extracted from satellite imagery and adjusting the modeling methodology. Given that thousands of different attributes can be extracted from satellite images, of which only a few are likely to contain useful information, we also explored suitable feature selection procedures. We show that a suitable combination of attribute selection methods (relief, FSRF-Test, and forward selection), regression models (random forest models and M5P regression trees), and modeling methodology (estimating field-measured values of target variables rather than their upper bounds) can significantly increase the total modeling accuracy, measured by the correlation between the estimated and the true values of target variables. Specifically, the accuracies of our regression models dramatically rose from 0.12–0.23 to 0.40–0.64, while their relative absolute errors were conversely reduced (e.g., from 1.04 to 0.764 for the best model). Full article
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A Survey on Intrusion Detection Systems for Fog and Cloud Computing
Future Internet 2022, 14(3), 89; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi14030089 - 13 Mar 2022
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The rapid advancement of internet technologies has dramatically increased the number of connected devices. This has created a huge attack surface that requires the deployment of effective and practical countermeasures to protect network infrastructures from the harm that cyber-attacks can cause. Hence, there [...] Read more.
The rapid advancement of internet technologies has dramatically increased the number of connected devices. This has created a huge attack surface that requires the deployment of effective and practical countermeasures to protect network infrastructures from the harm that cyber-attacks can cause. Hence, there is an absolute need to differentiate boundaries in personal information and cloud and fog computing globally and the adoption of specific information security policies and regulations. The goal of the security policy and framework for cloud and fog computing is to protect the end-users and their information, reduce task-based operations, aid in compliance, and create standards for expected user actions, all of which are based on the use of established rules for cloud computing. Moreover, intrusion detection systems are widely adopted solutions to monitor and analyze network traffic and detect anomalies that can help identify ongoing adversarial activities, trigger alerts, and automatically block traffic from hostile sources. This survey paper analyzes factors, including the application of technologies and techniques, which can enable the deployment of security policy on fog and cloud computing successfully. The paper focuses on a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and intrusion detection, which provides an effective and resilient system structure for users and organizations. Our survey aims to provide a framework for a cloud and fog computing security policy, while addressing the required security tools, policies, and services, particularly for cloud and fog environments for organizational adoption. While developing the essential linkage between requirements, legal aspects, analyzing techniques and systems to reduce intrusion detection, we recommend the strategies for cloud and fog computing security policies. The paper develops structured guidelines for ways in which organizations can adopt and audit the security of their systems as security is an essential component of their systems and presents an agile current state-of-the-art review of intrusion detection systems and their principles. Functionalities and techniques for developing these defense mechanisms are considered, along with concrete products utilized in operational systems. Finally, we discuss evaluation criteria and open-ended challenges in this area. Full article
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Business Models for the Internet of Services: State of the Art and Research Agenda
Future Internet 2022, 14(3), 74; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi14030074 - 25 Feb 2022
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The relevance of the Internet of Services (IoS) comes from the global reach of the Internet into everyone’s home and daily activities and from the move from a manufacturing-based economy to a service-based economy. The IoS is seen as a new ecosystem where [...] Read more.
The relevance of the Internet of Services (IoS) comes from the global reach of the Internet into everyone’s home and daily activities and from the move from a manufacturing-based economy to a service-based economy. The IoS is seen as a new ecosystem where service providers and consumers explore their business networks for service provision and consumption. The scientific literature refers to IoS as an important cornerstone for Industry 4.0 and Future Internet; thus, it becomes relevant to study how IoS interacts with business models. Nevertheless, there is a lack of clarity on such an intersection. Moreover, a systematic review of IoS-based business models is still missing. This paper aims to make a systematic review of IoS-based business models and their application fields. We included studies from Scopus and Web of Science databases, we excluded duplicated papers and short conference versions of the later full paper journal publications. Twenty-three different studies are presented, categorized in the sub-areas of IoS, and then by the fields of applications. The main finding highlights the opportunities of IoS applications in different fields, offering directions for future research on this new arena. Full article
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An IoT-Based COVID-19 Prevention and Control System for Enclosed Spaces
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Future Internet 2022, 14(2), 40; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi14020040 - 26 Jan 2022
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To date, the protracted pandemic caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has had widespread ramifications for the economy, politics, public health, etc. Based on the current situation, definitively stopping the spread of the virus is infeasible in many countries. [...] Read more.
To date, the protracted pandemic caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has had widespread ramifications for the economy, politics, public health, etc. Based on the current situation, definitively stopping the spread of the virus is infeasible in many countries. This does not mean that populations should ignore the pandemic; instead, normal life needs to be balanced with disease prevention and control. This paper highlights the use of Internet of Things (IoT) for the prevention and control of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in enclosed spaces. The proposed booking algorithm is able to control the gathering of crowds in specific regions. K-nearest neighbors (KNN) is utilized for the implementation of a navigation system with a congestion control strategy and global path planning capabilities. Furthermore, a risk assessment model is designed based on a “Sliding Window-Timer” algorithm, providing an infection risk assessment for individuals in potential contact with patients. Full article
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2021

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Article
A BIM-Based Smart System for Fire Evacuation
Future Internet 2021, 13(9), 221; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi13090221 - 25 Aug 2021
Cited by 1 | Viewed by 1468
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Building fires constitute a significant threat that affects property, the environment, and human health. The management of this risk requires an efficient fire evacuation system for buildings’ occupants. Therefore, a smart fire evacuation system that combines building information modeling (BIM) and smart technologies [...] Read more.
Building fires constitute a significant threat that affects property, the environment, and human health. The management of this risk requires an efficient fire evacuation system for buildings’ occupants. Therefore, a smart fire evacuation system that combines building information modeling (BIM) and smart technologies is proposed. The system provides the following capacities: (i) early fire detection; (ii) the evaluation of environmental data; (iii) the identification of the best evacuation path; and (iv) information for occupants about the best evacuation routes. The system was implemented in a research building at Lille University in France. The results show the system’s capacities and benefits, particularly for the identification of the best evacuation paths. Full article
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Post-Materialist Values of Smart City Societies: International Comparison of Public Values for Good Enough Governance
Future Internet 2021, 13(8), 201; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi13080201 - 03 Aug 2021
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This study aims to analyze the application of good enough governance in considering the citizens’ value propositions that shape smart city societies. This paper applied a quantitative method with cross-country comparisons. Survey data were derived from the World Values Survey. Malaysia was chosen [...] Read more.
This study aims to analyze the application of good enough governance in considering the citizens’ value propositions that shape smart city societies. This paper applied a quantitative method with cross-country comparisons. Survey data were derived from the World Values Survey. Malaysia was chosen as the main study area, and compared with Indonesia and other countries worldwide. The findings revealed that politics is the value of least concern across all samples. In terms of qualities for children to develop, respondents in both Malaysia and Indonesia were less concerned about imagination and unselfishness. As for materialist versus post-materialist, the ratios of Malaysia and Indonesia were slightly higher than the average; the post-materialist value of free speech was the lowest value chosen. In the long term, all countries are experiencing the trend of moving toward post-materialist societies. To be sustained under the Collective and Adaptive System of smart city societies, good enough governance in Malaysia and Indonesia should consider the cultural context of the Muslim majority, prioritize governance content that allows more space for political participation and free speech, and cultivate the imagination and unselfishness of children. The generated insights underline the critical role that smart societies play in establishing smart cities. 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: Internet of Services-based business models: A Systematic Literature Review 

Abstract: The relevance of the Internet of Services (IoS) comes from the global reach of the Internet into everyone´s home and daily activities and from the move from a manufacturing-based economy to a service-based economy. The IoS is seen as a new ecosystem where service providers and consumers explore their business networks for service provision and consumption. The scientific literature refers to IoS as an important cornerstone for Industry 4.0 and Future Internet; thus, it becomes relevant to study how IoS interacts with business models. Nevertheless, there is a lack of clarity on such an intersection. Moreover, a systematic review of Internet of Services-based business models is still missing. This paper aims to review current studies and highlight state-of-the-art for IoS, identifying which have been business application fields through an interlocking analysis between IoS and business models. Twenty-three different studies are presented, examining the problem they address and proposed solutions. Concluding, the review highlights the opportunities of IoS applications in different fields, offering directions for future research on this new arena. 

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