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The Rise of Large-Scale IoT Urban Ecosystems

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The Internet of Things (IoT) has revolutionized our information and communications technology (ICT) ecosystem. Billions of interconnected smart objects, capable of mutually generating and consuming data, will be deployed within a decade. This transformation has the potential to benefit numerous aspects of our civilization, from urban development and planning to transportation and healthcare.

Nevertheless, recent improvement in IoT profitability has shifted the key actors of its development from academia to large corporations, launching what is commonly referred to as the “fourth industrial revolution” through the deployment of market-ready IoT applications. This process has revealed a plethora of technological challenges associated with the design and deployment of applications capable of supporting real-world production environments for the long term.

This Research Topic aims to bring together authors from research and industrial communities to consider new research, challenges, and future directions surrounding:
a) Recent advances in mobile and pervasive IoT technologies
b) Real-world deployments in multiple application scenarios

Contributions to this Research Topic will be integrated with the most significant papers submitted to PerIoT 2020, a workshop of the 19th International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PerCom 2021). The conference will be held in Kassel, Germany, March 22-26. The resulting collection of articles will be organized and presented to shed light on how pervasive IoT technologies intertwine with human and urban development.


Keywords: Internet of Things, Information and Communications Technology, Human Development, Urban Development and Planning, Transportation, Healthcare, Fourth Industrial Revolution, Market-ready IoT Applications


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

The Internet of Things (IoT) has revolutionized our information and communications technology (ICT) ecosystem. Billions of interconnected smart objects, capable of mutually generating and consuming data, will be deployed within a decade. This transformation has the potential to benefit numerous aspects of our civilization, from urban development and planning to transportation and healthcare.

Nevertheless, recent improvement in IoT profitability has shifted the key actors of its development from academia to large corporations, launching what is commonly referred to as the “fourth industrial revolution” through the deployment of market-ready IoT applications. This process has revealed a plethora of technological challenges associated with the design and deployment of applications capable of supporting real-world production environments for the long term.

This Research Topic aims to bring together authors from research and industrial communities to consider new research, challenges, and future directions surrounding:
a) Recent advances in mobile and pervasive IoT technologies
b) Real-world deployments in multiple application scenarios

Contributions to this Research Topic will be integrated with the most significant papers submitted to PerIoT 2020, a workshop of the 19th International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PerCom 2021). The conference will be held in Kassel, Germany, March 22-26. The resulting collection of articles will be organized and presented to shed light on how pervasive IoT technologies intertwine with human and urban development.


Keywords: Internet of Things, Information and Communications Technology, Human Development, Urban Development and Planning, Transportation, Healthcare, Fourth Industrial Revolution, Market-ready IoT Applications


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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09 October 2020 Abstract
09 November 2020 Manuscript

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09 October 2020 Abstract
09 November 2020 Manuscript

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