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Call for Papers: Security & Privacy Solutions for Smart City

Smart city or cyberville is an agglomeration of urban society that employs ubiquitous computing technologies to superintend the resources and workflow in an efficient way. With each passing day, cities are growing in terms of the number of inhabitants. This poses a challenge to meet the demands of the inhabitants and there arises a need for optimum management and utilization of the available resources. Therefore, innovative steps must be taken for the cities to keep them imperishable. Recent advancement in information and communication technologies (ICT) has played a vital role in improving the living quality of the inhabitants by enriching assets and their efficient utilization.

This cutting-edge infrastructure is realized through millions of interlinked physical objects either through wired or wireless communication channels. These objects are equipped with embedded features to sense, aggregate and exchange information within or across the network. Undoubtedly, technological advancement is transforming cities to a quality-life place known as “smart cities” where inhabitants enjoy a wide range of facilities which were far from attainment a few years back. Smart infrastructure, smart homes, smart buildings, smart traffic, smart healthcare, smart entertainment, smart infotainment, smart energy, smart administration, smart governance, smart economy, smart environment, etc contribute to a smart city. However, it has brought numerous security risks for local administration. They need to take concrete measures to prevent potential security threats emerging due to the intensive use of technology, data exchange and aggregation. For instance, the information exchange over public communication channels is exposed to serious security threats e.g. replay, permanent or distributed denial of service, impersonation, man-in-the-middle, data and integrity theft attacks etc. Moreover, the privacy of the individuals can also be compromised by observing and monitoring his/her trends and patterns e.g. credential theft, leak of movement patterns, login or session history and anonymity violation etc. Hence, strong security & privacy measures are important since a minor compromise may result in a major security problem. Otherwise, a smart city will merely be an expensive area prone to security breaches at each level in the comfort zone of its inhabitants.

This special issue is designed to invite articles regarding secure smart cities’ environment and their probable security challenges and solutions. Smart solutions for smart cities can be facilitated through a variety of technologies such as ICT, Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, fog computing, smart grid, vehicular ad hoc networks (VANET), wireless sensor networks (WSN), body sensor network (BSN), big data management, telemedicine, virtual clinics, intelligent transport system, smart parking, disaster management, dynamic signal signage, waste management, emergency management and individual safety system etc. The intention is to encourage the research community towards this very emerging area and promote more advanced research for achieving and maintaining the security and privacy of smart cities. 

Research or review papers are invited on the topics listed below but not limited to only these: 

  • Secure and novel ICT framework for a smart city.
  • Secure edge/fog/cloud computing for a smart city.
  • IoT and cloud integration for a smart city.
  • Secure Big-data management for the smart city.
  • Secure and smart energy solutions for the smart city.
  • Security solutions based on machine learning.
  • Protected VANET solutions for enabling smart charging, tracking, parking and transportation in the smart city.
  • Secure smart healthcare architecture for a smart city.
  • Secure use of smart sensors and RFID for continuous monitoring and reporting in a smart city.
  • Secure e-voting, e-payment, e-commerce, etc for a smart city.
  • Security and privacy of wearable devices in a smart city.
  • Use of forensics to enhance security and privacy in a smart city.
  • Security and privacy solutions based on cryptographic protocols for a smart city.
  • Blockchain enabled security and privacy solutions for the smart city.
  • Security and Privacy of citizens in the smart city.
  • Prevention, detection and remedy of security threats in a smart city.

Submission Guidelines
Authors should prepare their manuscript according to the guide for authors available from the online submission page of the EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking at Authors should select “SI: SPSSC” when they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process. 

Submitted papers must contain original work, which has neither been previously published nor it is currently under review by another journal or conference. Previously published or accepted conference papers must contain at least 50% new material to be considered for the special issue.

All papers will be peer-reviewed by at least two independent reviewers. Requests for additional information should be addressed to the corresponding guest editor. 

Submission Deadline: 30 December 2020

Lead Guest Editor:
Dr. Debiao He
Wuhan University, Wuhan, China

Guest Editors:
Dr. Saru Kumari
Ch. Charan Singh University, Meerut, India 

Dr. Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo
University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, USA

Dr. Aniello Castiglione
University of Salerno, Naples, Italy