Special Issue "Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Smart Cities"

A special issue of Smart Cities (ISSN 2624-6511). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy and ICT".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Luis Francisco Díez
Guest Editor
Department of Communications Engineering, Universidad de Cantabria, Santander, Spain
Interests: service and traffic models including simulation; radio resource management in heterogeneous networks; wireless networks optimization; IoT service provisioning in smart cities
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The maturity level reached by ICT in general and IoT in particular is fostering its adoption in most social, economic, and industrial activities. In particular, urban ecosystems have understood that improving citizens’ quality of life and ensuring sustainability require the digitalization of the services and processes by leveraging information and communication technologies, to give rise to actual smart cities. While in many, cases proprietary and standalone solutions are deployed, this hinders interoperability among different verticals (energy, traffic management or public transportation), and thus, the integration of heterogeneous data coming from them, to generate value-added information.

In this context, it becomes necessary to ensure the interoperability of smart-city solutions at different levels, from data models to the adoption of open standards. Although IoT and communication technologies remain at the heart of smart cities, the evolution of urban services and verticals conveys the correct exploitation of data. In this sense, data representation and artificial intelligence will play a key role for urban stakeholders. Although many additional aspects are relevant, privacy and security is probably the one citizens are more concerned about. Thus, it is also necessary to analyze the particular requirements and applications of privacy systems in urban environments, potentially applying novel technologies such as blockchain.

This Special Issue aims to gather works and studies devoted to the actual deployment of ICT-based urban services, innovative proposals ensuring system interoperability, solutions for urban and personal data privacy, and techniques for urban data exploitation. Relevant topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • ICT applications for smart cities;
  • Data and information models for city verticals and services;
  • Tools for urban data representation and analysis;
  • IA driven systems and application for smart cities;
  • Digitalization of city systems and services;
  • Integration and interoperability of ICT systems in smart cities;
  • ICT systems replicability in smart cities;
  • Personal data privacy in urban services;
  • Block chain applied to the smart city.

Dr. Luis Francisco Díez
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Smart Cities is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • ICT applications
  • IA-driven systems and application
  • Integration and interoperability of ICT systems
  • ICT system replicability
  • Personal data privacy
  • Blockchain

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A Survey of Enabling Technologies for Smart Communities
Smart Cities 2021, 4(1), 54-77; https://doi.org/10.3390/smartcities4010004 - 31 Dec 2020
In 2016, the Japanese Government publicized an initiative and a call to action for the implementation of a “Super Smart Society” announced as Society 5.0. The stated goal of Society 5.0 is to meet the various needs of the members of society through [...] Read more.
In 2016, the Japanese Government publicized an initiative and a call to action for the implementation of a “Super Smart Society” announced as Society 5.0. The stated goal of Society 5.0 is to meet the various needs of the members of society through the provisioning of goods and services to those who require them, when they are required and in the amount required, thus enabling the citizens to live an active and comfortable life. In spite of its genuine appeal, details of a feasible path to Society 5.0 are conspicuously missing. The first main goal of this survey is to suggest such an implementation path. Specifically, we define a Smart Community as a human-centric entity where technology is used to equip the citizenry with information and services that they can use to inform their decisions. The arbiter of this ecosystem of services is a Marketplace of Services that will reward services aligned with the wants and needs of the citizens, while discouraging the proliferation of those that are not. In the limit, the Smart Community we defined will morph into Society 5.0. At that point, the Marketplace of Services will become a platform for the co-creation of services by a close cooperation between the citizens and their government. The second objective and contribution of this survey paper is to review known technologies that, in our opinion, will play a significant role in the transition to Society 5.0. These technologies will be surveyed in chronological order, as newer technologies often extend old technologies while avoiding their limitations. Full article
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