An Architectural Framework and Enabling Wireless Technologies for Digital Cities & Intelligent Urban Environments
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The digital revolution that has been taking place for the past two decades propelled by major breakthroughs in the ICT field has changed the way we communicate, work, travel, live—and even the way we use public space. Our cities are increasingly moving from a collection of static buildings and infrastructures to dynamic and evolving smart ecosystems known as, Intelligent Cities. In this article we analyze an intelligent city from the electronic information and communication perspective and offer examples of variants of its implementation. An intelligent city lays its foundation on a digital-city infrastructure which connects a local community and drives growth, efficiency, productivity, and competitiveness. The high level architecture of an intelligent city ecosystem, key enabling technologies, and the necessary policy framework for the establishment of digital cities worldwide are introduced. Business models for this new ecosystem bridging the physical and virtual worlds are briefly discussed.
KeywordsDigital city Intelligent city Smart city ICT convergence All-IP networks Ubiquitous computing SOA Mobile location-based services
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