Smart Cities are technology-intensive cities in which the importance and role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) is expanding. ICT plays a key role toward the sustainable development of new urban environments. Buildings with smart sensors and control systems can measure their environment and control it in real time (e.g. HVAC). Smart metering allows a utility company to match its production to the demand, dynamically. An electricity provider can influence both production and demand through the use of smart grid technology.
This special issue revolves on the following foundational question: what are the “unique” context characteristics, application and control needs, and traffic/user patterns in existing (and futuristic) smart city scenarios, which require a rethinking of networking and communication technologies and systems, as well as their relevant modeling and dimensioning methodologies?