Special Issue "Smart City: Vision and Reality"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 August 2016).
Interests: smart cities; internet of things; 5G systems
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Future cities are envisioned with embodied cutting-edge ICT solutions in their very fabric in order to become more efficient, green, and accessible living environments. Offering better services to citizens at lower costs is, indeed, attractive for various stakeholders. Residents dream of cities with high-tech and very efficient management of traffic, pollution, noise, public transportation, lighting, waste management, parking, public offices, and more. Entrepreneurs seeks new business opportunities in the deployment, maintenance, and management of services, as well as added value through data analytics and information aggregation from such dream cities. Academics and researchers, also, find a fertile ground for developing new network/service models and communication protocols, designing new intelligent devices, and developing new data processing algorithms. It is worthwhile to mention that the Smart City vision has recently materialized through proof-of-concept services and pilot deployments all over the world, with more and more cities that offer “smart” transportation, parking, public lighting, waste collection, and other similar services.
Despite the fervor and excitement around the subject, there is still a long way to go to fully turn the Smart City vision into a consolidated reality. The technological scenario is still quite fragmented, with a number of different systems that compete to gain the leading role in this golden rush. Short-range mesh solutions, which dominated the Internet of Things (IoT) scene until a few years back, are now challenged by cellular technologies, adapted to support machine-type traffic, and by a new generation of low-power wide area network solutions (LPWAN), which have been flourishing in the last few years thanks to massive investments from important players in the IoT arena. In parallel, an increasing number of platforms are being proposed for collecting, managing, and processing the data, offering simple ways to access the data and deploy new services on top of it.
The objective of this Special Issue is to collect a vision of the current and future trends regarding services, technologies, and platforms in Smart Cities, in order to gain a better understanding of the state-of-the-art, fundamental challenges that still need attention, as well as the roadblocks that may hinder the path towards the achievement of the Smart City dream
To this end, we solicit unpublished and novel contributions that may help to provide a clearer vision of the current interpretations of the Smart City concept, as well as its possible development in coming years. Papers covering theoretical aspects, new technologies and services, experimental studies, practical experiences, and comparison between different proposals and solutions are welcome.
The topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Smart City enabling communication technologies and protocols
- Massive Machine-Type-Communications
- Lowe-power Wide Area Network technologies
- Near field communications
- Energy efficiency
- Smart City and services
- Data analytics for smart city applications
- Characterization of service requirements
- Geolocalized services
- Social networking and crowd computing
- Health-oriented applications
- Smart City software architecture and infrastructure
- Cloud Services
- Service-oriented communications
- Security aspects for smart city applications
- Experimentation and deployments
- pilot deployments
- Performance evaluation
- System design, modelling and evaluation
Prof. Andrea Zanella
Dr. Toktam Mahmoodi
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