Foreword: Communication Devices and Systems for Smart City Infrastructures

Written by Vyasa Sai, Haesik Kim, and Bernard Fong

One of the important features of a smart city is enhanced healthcare, safety and efficiency. Driven by the recent trends of smart cities development across the world, political decision makers and service providers, as well as local residents and visitors are expecting to enjoy more efficient and reliable solutions to the growing problems associated with services across smart cities. Rapid advances of telecommunication technologies provide solutions to these problems, which has initiated ICT professionals to design and implement various smart city initiatives [1].

In many cases, the development of integrated solutions in smart cities often entails a blend of various AI solutions and connected devices, applications like assistive elderly care [2], transportation [3], and smart energy [4] are common examples that heavily rely on communication devices and systems. All these devices and systems form an essential part of an overall smart city infrastructure. This is often realized by means of smart services that utilize fixed and mobile networked sensors, as well as actuators deployed in the smart city, thereby allowing relevant agencies to monitor the smart city environment in real-time. This enables them to respond appropriately when needed and establish automated management processes with minimal manual intervention [5]. Such services can only be reliably carried out through the use of efficient and reliable communication devices and systems that operate across the smart city, as well as in the cloud environment.

This October special edition addresses various issues concerning the design and implementation of communication devices and systems technologies, by featuring three articles that cover different parts of communication technologies in a smart city - infrastructure context that cover integration and interaction, architectures, service-oriented applications, security, and privacy.

The first paper, entitled “Data Analytics Strategies for Assessing Pollution Spread Using Sensor Data” provides a novel approach on air quality monitoring through analyzing data from a sensing network. This is followed by taking a look at 5G deployment in the capital city of Kenya on “Scaling Narrowband-IoT to Drive 5G Adoption for a Smart City - A Case Study of Nairobi City”. Finally, the article “SoftCity: Softwarized and Adaptive Network Slicing for Intelligent Smart City Communication” presents a software-based AI solution on network management.




  1. Lv, Z., Chen, D., & Li, J. (2021). Novel system design and implementation for the smart city vertical market. IEEE Communications Magazine, 59(4), 126-131.
  2. Yeung, A., & Wu, C. (2021) AI for Elderly Dietary Care: A Cyber-Physical System for Nutrition Management, IEEE Smart Cities Newsletter, Aug., 3(8).
  3. Lv, Z., Qiao, L., Cai, K., & Wang, Q. (2020). Big data analysis technology for electric vehicle networks in smart cities. IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 22(3), 1807-1816.
  4. Lai, Q. H., & Lai, C. S. (2022). Healthcare With Wireless Communication and Smart Meters. IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine.
  5. Deng, T., Zhang, K., & Shen, Z. J. M. (2021). A systematic review of a digital twin city: A new pattern of urban governance toward smart cities. Journal of Management Science and Engineering, 6(2), 125-134.

To view all articles in this issue, please go to October 2022 eNewsletter. For a downloadable copy, please visit the IEEE Smart Cities Resource Center.

vyasa sai
Vyasa Sai currently works for the Visual and Machine Learning IP Team at Intel, CA, USA. He received his PhD from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA in 2013. Dr. Sai also holds MS and BTech degrees in ECE from the U.S. and India, respectively. He is the lead series editor for the Design and Implementation of Devices, Circuits, and Systems Series for IEEE Communication Magazine. He also serves as a Technical Committee member for the IEEE Circuits and Systems for Communications, Editorial Board member for the Intl. Journal of RFID Technology & Applications, associate editor for IEEE Access, Elsevier Intl. journal of Computers and Electrical Engineering, IEEE Communications Magazine, guest editor for Elsevier Computer Communication, among others.
haesik kim
Haesik Kim is Senior Scientist of 5G and beyond network team in VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. He was with Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) from 2002 to 2006 and NEC UK from 2008 to 2009. He received the Ph.D. degree from Lancaster University UK in 2009. He is an author of the books “Wireless Communications Systems Design (Wiley, 2015)” and “Design and Optimization for 5G Wireless Communications (Wiley - IEEE, 2020)”. He is a series editor of IEEE Communications Magazine: Design and Implementation of Devices, Circuits and Systems and also an associate technical editor of IEEE Communications Magazine. He was a vice-chair of 5G IA steering board. He served as a conference co-chair, session chair, and TPC member of major IEEE international journals and conferences.
bernard fong
Bernard Fong received his BSc degree in electronics from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and PhD degree in health information systems from the University of New South Wales in 1993 and 2005, respectively. He is a professor with Providence University and currently serves as Managing Editor of IEEE Smart Cities eNewsletter, Series Editor of IEEE Communications Magazine, Executive Editor of IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine, associate editor for the Archives of Emergency Medicine and Critical Care, Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Management; Cyber-Physical Systems, Journal of Advances in Information Technology and IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics. He is the Chair of System Biology and Biomedical Systems Technical Committee under IEEE Systems Council.

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