The role of small cell technology in future Smart City applications

Antonio Cimmino, Tommaso Pecorella, Romano Fantacci, Fabrizio Granelli, Talha Faizur Rahman, Claudio Sacchi, Camillo Carlini, Piyush Harsh
<span title="2013-11-20">2013</span> <i title="Wiley"> <a target="_blank" rel="noopener" href="" style="color: black;">Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies</a> </i> &nbsp;
Meeting citizens' requirements economically and efficiently is the most important objective of Smart Cities. As a matter of fact, they are considered a key concept both for future Internet and ICT. It is expected that a wide range of services will be made available for residential users (e.g.: intelligent transportation systems, e-government, e-banking, e-commerce, smart management of energy demand, etc.), public administration entities, public safety and civil protection agencies, etc. with
more &raquo; ... reased quality, lower costs and reduced environmental impact. In order to achieve these ambitious objectives, new technologies should be developed such as non-invasive sensing, highly parallel processing, smart grids and mobile broadband communications. This paper considers the communication aspects of Smart City applications, specifically, the role of the latest developments of LTE-A standard, which forecast the increase of broadband coverage by means of small cells. We shall demonstrate that the novel concept of small cell fully meets the emerging communication and networking requirements of future Smart Cities. To this aim, a feasible network architecture for future Smart Cities, based on small cells, will be discussed in the framework of a future smarter and user-centric perspective of forthcoming 4G mobile technologies.
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