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An eco-friendly hybrid urban computing network combining community-based wireless LAN access and wireless sensor networking

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Computer-enhanced smart environments, distributed environmental monitoring, wireless communication, energy conservation and sustainable technologies, ubiquitous access to Internet-located data and services, user mobility and innovation as a tool for service differentiation are all significant contemporary research subjects and societal developments. This position paper presents the design of a hybrid municipal network infrastructure that, to a lesser or greater degree, incorporates aspects from each of these topics by integrating a community-based Wi-Fi access network with Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) functionality. The former component provides free wireless Internet connectivity by harvesting the Internet subscriptions of city inhabitants. To minimize session interruptions for mobile clients, this subsystem incorporates technology that achieves (near-)seamless handover between Wi-Fi access points. The WSN component on the other hand renders it feasible to sense physical properties and to realize the Internet of Things (IoT) paradigm. This in turn scaffolds the development of value-added end-user applications that are consumable through the community-powered access network. The WSN subsystem invests substantially in ecological considerations by means of a green distributed reasoning framework and sensor middleware that collaboratively aim to minimize the network's global energy consumption. Via the discussion of two illustrative applications that are currently being developed as part of a concrete smart city deployment, we offer a taste of the myriad of innovative digital services in an extensive spectrum of application domains that is unlocked by the proposed platform.
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Urban computing, IBCN, smart spaces, sensor, wireless sensor network, community-based Internet access, seamless Wi-Fi connectivity, energy efficiency, digital service innovation

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Wijnants, Maarten et al. “An Eco-friendly Hybrid Urban Computing Network Combining Community-based Wireless LAN Access and Wireless Sensor Networking.” 2012 IEEE International Conference on Green Computing and Communications, Conference on Internet of Things, and Conference on Cyber, Physical and Social Computing (GreenCom 2012). New York, NY, USA: IEEE, 2012. 410–417. Print.
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Wijnants, M., Lamotte, W., Letor, N., Blondia, C., De Poorter, E., Naudts, D., Verstichel, S., et al. (2012). An eco-friendly hybrid urban computing network combining community-based wireless LAN access and wireless sensor networking. 2012 IEEE International conference on green computing and communications, conference on Internet of things, and conference on cyber, physical and social computing (GreenCom 2012) (pp. 410–417). Presented at the 2012 IEEE/ACM International conference on Green Computing and Communications (GreenCom 2012) ; IEEE International conference on Internet of Things ; 5th IEEE International conference on Cyber, Physical and Social Computing (IEEE CPSCom 2012), New York, NY, USA: IEEE.
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Wijnants, Maarten, Wim Lamotte, Nicolas Letor, Chris Blondia, Eli De Poorter, Dries Naudts, Stijn Verstichel, et al. 2012. “An Eco-friendly Hybrid Urban Computing Network Combining Community-based Wireless LAN Access and Wireless Sensor Networking.” In 2012 IEEE International Conference on Green Computing and Communications, Conference on Internet of Things, and Conference on Cyber, Physical and Social Computing (GreenCom 2012), 410–417. New York, NY, USA: IEEE.
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Wijnants, Maarten, Wim Lamotte, Nicolas Letor, Chris Blondia, Eli De Poorter, Dries Naudts, Stijn Verstichel, Bart Lannoo, Ingrid Moerman, Nelson Matthys, and Chris Huysens. 2012. “An Eco-friendly Hybrid Urban Computing Network Combining Community-based Wireless LAN Access and Wireless Sensor Networking.” In 2012 IEEE International Conference on Green Computing and Communications, Conference on Internet of Things, and Conference on Cyber, Physical and Social Computing (GreenCom 2012), 410–417. New York, NY, USA: IEEE.
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Wijnants M, Lamotte W, Letor N, Blondia C, De Poorter E, Naudts D, et al. An eco-friendly hybrid urban computing network combining community-based wireless LAN access and wireless sensor networking. 2012 IEEE International conference on green computing and communications, conference on Internet of things, and conference on cyber, physical and social computing (GreenCom 2012). New York, NY, USA: IEEE; 2012. p. 410–7.
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M. Wijnants et al., “An eco-friendly hybrid urban computing network combining community-based wireless LAN access and wireless sensor networking,” in 2012 IEEE International conference on green computing and communications, conference on Internet of things, and conference on cyber, physical and social computing (GreenCom 2012), Besançon, France, 2012, pp. 410–417.
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  abstract     = {Computer-enhanced smart environments, distributed environmental monitoring, wireless communication, energy conservation and sustainable technologies, ubiquitous access to Internet-located data and services, user mobility and innovation as a tool for service differentiation are all significant contemporary research subjects and societal developments. This position paper presents the design of a hybrid municipal network infrastructure that, to a lesser or greater degree, incorporates aspects from each of these topics by integrating a community-based Wi-Fi access network with Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) functionality. The former component provides free wireless Internet connectivity by harvesting the Internet subscriptions of city inhabitants. To minimize session interruptions for mobile clients, this subsystem incorporates technology that achieves (near-)seamless handover between Wi-Fi access points. The WSN component on the other hand renders it feasible to sense physical properties and to realize the Internet of Things (IoT) paradigm. This in turn scaffolds the development of value-added end-user applications that are consumable through the community-powered access network. The WSN subsystem invests substantially in ecological considerations by means of a green distributed reasoning framework and sensor middleware that collaboratively aim to minimize the network's global energy consumption. Via the discussion of two illustrative applications that are currently being developed as part of a concrete smart city deployment, we offer a taste of the myriad of innovative digital services in an extensive spectrum of application domains that is unlocked by the proposed platform.},
  author       = {Wijnants, Maarten and Lamotte, Wim and Letor, Nicolas and Blondia, Chris and De Poorter, Eli and Naudts, Dries and Verstichel, Stijn and Lannoo, Bart and Moerman, Ingrid and Matthys, Nelson and Huysens, Chris},
  booktitle    = {2012 IEEE International conference on green computing and communications, conference on Internet of things, and conference on cyber, physical and social computing (GreenCom 2012)},
  isbn         = {9781467351461},
  keywords     = {Urban computing,IBCN,smart spaces,sensor,wireless sensor network,community-based Internet access,seamless Wi-Fi connectivity,energy efficiency,digital service innovation},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Besançon, France},
  pages        = {410--417},
  publisher    = {IEEE},
  title        = {An eco-friendly hybrid urban computing network combining community-based wireless LAN access and wireless sensor networking},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/GreenCom.2012.66},
  year         = {2012},
}

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