Smart City

A smart city is an urban development vision to integrate information and communication technology (ICT) and Internet of things (IoT) technology in a secure fashion to manage a city's assets.

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A smart city is an urban development vision to integrate information and communication technology (ICT) and Internet of things (IoT) technology in a secure fashion to manage a city's assets. These assets include local departments' information systems, schools, libraries, transportation systems, hospitals, power plants, water supply networks, waste management, law enforcement, and other community services. A smart city is promoted to use urban informatics and technology to improve the efficiency of services. ICT allows city officials to interact directly with the community and the city infrastructure and to monitor what is happening in the city, how the city is evolving, and how to enable a better quality of life. Through the use of sensors integrated with real-time monitoring systems, data are collected from citizens and devices – then processed and analyzed. The information and knowledge gathered are keys to tackling inefficiency.

Smart City is the product of accelerated development of the new generation information technology and knowledge-based economy, based on the network combination of the Internet, telecommunications network, broadcast network, wireless broadband network and other sensors networks where Internet of Things technology (IoT) as its core. The main features of a smart city include a high degree of information technology integration and a comprehensive application of information resources. The essential components of urban development for a smart city should include smart technology, smart industry, smart services, smart management and smart life.

The Internet of Things is about installing sensors (RFID, IR, GPS, laser scanners, etc.) for everything, and connecting them to the internet through specific protocols for information exchange and communications, in order to achieve intelligent recognition, location, tracking, monitoring and management. With the technical support from IoT, smart city need to have three features of being instrumented, interconnected and intelligent. Only then a Smart City can be formed by integrating all these intelligent features at its advanced stage of IOT development.

The explosive growth of Smart City and Internet of Things applications creates many scientific and engineering challenges that call for ingenious research efforts from both academia and industry, especially for the development of efficient, scalable, and reliable Smart City based on IoT. New protocols, architectures, and services are in dire needs to respond for these challenges.

The motivation of the special issue is to bring together scholars, professors, researchers, engineers and administrators resorting to the state-of-the-art technologies and ideas to significantly improve the field of Smart City based on IoT.


  • Smart City architecture and infrastructure
  • Smart City technology
  • Smart City applications
  • Smart services
  • Smart management
  • Smart home
  • Cloud Computing in Smart City
  • CDN techniques in Smart City
  • Autonomic computing in Smart City
  • Big data in Smart City
  • IoT architectures, protocols, and algorithms
  • IoT device technologies
  • IoT network technologies
  • Embedded sensing and actuating
  • Radio frequency identification (RFID)
  • Wireless sensor networks
  • Mobile Internet
  • Real-time and semantic web services
  • Data management in IoT
  • Localization in IoT
  • System design, modeling and evaluation
  • Ubiquitous sensing
  • Networks and communications
  • Intelligent data processing
  • Cyber-physical systems and society
  • Reliability, security, privacy and trust
  • Applications, business and social issues
  • Cryptography, security, and privacy