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Geospatial Mobile Solutions for Smart Cities

Call for Papers

The vision of Smart Cities is to improve a city’s operation, from a governance, operational, and citizens point of view, by exploiting human capital on one hand and the application of technological advances in various fields on the other hand. While the former is especially concerned with management, education, deployment, and well-being of human talent within the city context, the latter particularly includes Information Communication Technologies (ICT), sensor solutions, and Internet of Things. Although it is clear that only the interplay of both facets may constitute a successful Smart City, the focus of this special issue is on the technological aspect and particularly on the role of mobile information systems in the creation of Smart Cities.

Various technological infrastructures, platforms, and frameworks have been proposed to integrate a digital fabric into the physical infrastructure, assets, and human capital of a city. They generally allow data acquisition, storage, processing and visualization, communication and dissemination, connection with new and existing hardware and software solutions, citizen participation and involvement, and importantly; they form the basis to build an ecosystem of services and applications on top of them.

Mobile devices play a central role in this Smart City ecosystem: their embedded sensors and ubiquitous internet access allow them to act as information gatherers and providers, while high-resolution screens, multimedia functions, and notification facilities make them excellent communication and information dissemination devices. Their built-in support for wireless communication technologies further allows them to seamlessly identify objects in their surroundings (i.e., through RFID, NFC, and Bluetooth) and communicate with a wide range of digital or electronically tagged (smart) devices, such as smart parking systems, sensor units, and public displays. Finally, embedded GPS receivers and other sensors allow precise positioning, enabling location-, context-, and environment-aware mobile applications.

As a result, both academia and industry are currently investigating geospatial mobile applications in the Smart City context, taking advantage of the user’s position and context on one hand and exploiting the aforementioned mobile device features on the other hand, for various applications domains: traffic, transportation, public services, health, well-being, commerce, urban planning, tourism, citizen participation, governance, and so forth. This special issue invites papers related with any aspect of geospatial mobile applications for Smart Cities: theoretical models, architectures, platforms, frameworks, algorithms, modeling approaches, metrics, validation and evaluations, , novel applications in particular domains, and so forth.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Participatory sensing applications
  • Geogames and location-based games
  • Location- and context-aware mobile applications
  • Location-based services and applications
  • Real-time information gathering and processing
  • User and behavior tracking
  • Sensor-enabled mobile applications and Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Transport and mobility patterns and analysis
  • Metrics and performance analytics
  • Social media based mobile applications
  • Geospatial mobile distributed and collaborative applications
  • Geospatial mobile applications for sustainable living
  • Geospatial mobile applications for citizen participation and civic engagement
  • Geospatial mobile applications to support intercity mobility
  • Geospatial mobile applications for tourism
  • Geospatial mobile applications for health and quality of life
  • Geospatial mobile applications for governance and policy making
  • Security, privacy, and trust

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at

Submission DeadlineFriday, 1 December 2017
Publication DateApril 2018

Papers are published upon acceptance, regardless of the Special Issue publication date.

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