Special Issue "Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Smart Cities"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.
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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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
Manuscript Submission Information
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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