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Smart Cities on the Cloud

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Mediterranean Cities and Island Communities

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The emergence of the cloud computing paradigm has found fertile ground in the smart cities discipline, especially with regards to its benefits both in terms of big data storage and analytic capabilities and in terms of smart city service provision. Over the past years we have noticed an abundance of publications on cloud computing; from government reports to corporate studies, all show the significant benefits of cloud computing and the opportunities presented by the migration of public/municipal services to the cloud. Despite the availability of information, the landscape with regard to cloud computing adoption is still quite blurry. This chapter aims to provide methodological guidance to public/city authorities on the use of and the actual steps towards taking up the cloud computing paradigm. More specifically, it offers a simple methodology in the form of a roadmap with the main roadblocks one can expect to encounter when migrating public services to the cloud, along with a set of recommendations that facilitate decision-making in various stages of this process. We also argue that cloud computing adoption should not be an isolated action of an organization (city authority/governmental agency), but part of a wider strategic model based on open innovation practices (the use of open source technologies for the cloud platform and applications, the use of open data, the adoption of user engagement methodologies etc.) as well as the use of innovative business models.

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    STORM CLOUDS Project, Accessed 20 December 2017.

  2. 2. Accessed 4 April 2018.

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    STORM CLOUDS Project, viewed December 20, 2017,

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    Some of the core elements of the project, which facilitated this experimentation, are the following:

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      A cloud-based platform that provides the environment to host the smart city applications. The STORM Clouds Platform (SCP) is a layered cloud architecture that is based on open source technologies (Battara et al. 2016). The platform provides an advanced and customizable IaaS solution that supports both public and private cloud deployment models, facilitating the deployment of civic applications in a cloud environment.

    1. (ii)

      A list of cloud-related services, such as security and data protection, resource monitoring, automation etc.

    2. (iii)

      A portfolio of consolidated and interoperable open-source cloud-based smart city services that cover a variety of city functions, such as the innovation economy, city governance and quality of life. These services can be easily transferred and adapted to other cities. This process can be facilitated with the use of the SCP and the accompanied services as well as with the methodological guide provided below in the form of a roadmap.


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Kakderi, C., Tsarchopoulos, P., Komninos, N., Panori, A. (2019). Smart Cities on the Cloud. In: Stratigea, A., Kavroudakis, D. (eds) Mediterranean Cities and Island Communities. Progress in IS. Springer, Cham.

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