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Special Issue "Wireless Sensor Networks and IoT 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 September 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Gianni Pasolini
Guest Editor
Department of Electrical, Electronic, and Information Engineering "Guglielmo Marconi", University of Bologna, Viale Risorgimento 2, 40136 Bologna, Italy
Interests: internet of things, heterogeneous networks, low power wide area networks, wireless personal area connectivity, LoRaWAN, IoT applications and use cases
Dr. Margot Deruyck
Guest Editor
IMEC-Ghent University-WAVES, Technologiepark-Zwijnaarde 126, 9052 Ghent, Belgium
Interests: (green) wireless network design, energy- and exposure-aware networking; 5G and beyond 5G networks, unmanned aerial networks, internet of Animals, digital agriculture, machine learning
Dr. Konstantin Mikhaylov
Guest Editor
Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu, Erkki Koiso-Kanttilan katu 3, 90014 Oulu, Finland
Interests: internet of things, machine-type communication technologies, multi-RAT connectivity, heterogeneous networks, low power wide area networks, wireless personal area connectivity, NB-IoT, LoRaWAN, BLE, 5G, IoT applications and use cases
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As of today, more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas and projections show that this trend will continue in the next decades, so that cities are expected to absorb virtually all the future growth of the world’s population. This trend poses serious challenges to the implementation of an ambitious urban development agenda, aimed at making human settlements safe, healthy, sustainable and inclusive.

By leveraging on information and communication technologies (ICT), as well as on drones and metamaterials, smart cities promise to increase the efficiency in the use of physical infrastructures and resources, to learn and adapt more effectively to changing circumstances, and to fruitfully engage with citizens in local governance and public utilities. In such a scenario, Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks (WSANs), Internet of Things (IoT), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and electromagnetic metasurfaces are, along with 5G and beyond, the most promising technologies to establish the nervous system of future reactive and proactive urban environments, aimed at improving the connectivity, collecting data to be processed and triggering actions as responses. In fact, these technologies are expected to be the founding pillars of Society 5.0, an ICT-enhanced people-centric smart community that targets both the resolution of societal challenges and economic prosperity.

This special issue aims at providing a snapshot of the status and progress of smart city technologies, discussing applications, use-cases, architectures, deployments, recent advances and findings from theoretical investigations and ongoing trials, as well as future trends. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • New paradigms, concepts and architectures for smart city WSANs and IoT
  • 5G and mmWave connectivity for future smart city
  • Low-power wide-area technologies (LoRa, Sigfox, etc.)
  • Cellular-IoT technologies (NB-IoT, LTE Cat-M1)
  • Short range and high-throughput technologies (IEEE802.15.4, BLE, UWB, THz, etc.)
  • Other connectivity and beyond wireless technologies (backscatter, radars, wireless power transfer, etc.)
  • Applications and use-cases enabled by WSANs and IoT for smart cities (smart environments, smart roads, context-aware applications, etc.)
  • Heterogeneous (multi-RAT/multi-connectivity) IoT networks
  • UAVs for data collection, security and coverage extension
  • Metasurfaces for outdoor and indoor applications (antennas, reflectors, etc.)
  • IoT-enabled indoor revolutions: Industry 4.0 and Society 5.0 in Smart Buildings
  • Radio signal propagation and performance of radio access technologies in city environment
  • Management, security and privacy with respect to IoT data
  • Social aspects of smart city IoT and interaction between humans and IoT machines
  • Trials, testbeds and practical results

Dr. Gianni Pasolini
Dr. Margot Deruyck
Dr. Konstantin Mikhaylov
Guest Editors

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  • Internet of Things
  • Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks
  • Low Power Wide Area Networks
  • Cellular-IoT technologies
  • 5G and beyond
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • Electromagnetic metasurfaces

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