Integrating GIS and Internet of Things (IoT) in Sustainable Cities

A special issue of ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (ISSN 2220-9964).

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Center for Geospatial Research, Department of Geography, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA
Interests: GIScience and landscape ecology; remote sensing; geovisualization and geospatial analysis for human/animal–environment interactions
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School of Geographical & Earth Sciences, College of Science & Engineering, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ, UK
Interests: GIScience; geodata science; urban Informatics; city and regional development
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School of Civil Engineering and Surveying, University of Southern Queensland West Street, Toowoomba, QLD 4350, Australia
Interests: spatial data infrastructure (SDI); land administration; cadastre; IoT; citizen science; mixed method research; land use policy; catchment management; health informatics
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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Architecture, University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy
Interests: civil engineering; architecture; web-GIS; open source software; location-based services
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sustainable cities are key to addressing the global challenges of urbanization, including population growth, energy efficiency, food security, waste management, and transportation planning. According to the United Nations’ World Urbanization Prospects, 68% of the world’s population is projected to live in urban areas by 2050. This report notes that sustainable urbanization depends on the successful management of urban growth in order to ensure access to infrastructure and social services, adequate housing, education, health care, and a safe environment for all (United Nations 2018). The integration of geographic information systems (GIS) and the Internet of things (IoT) provides a powerful framework for designing smart, secure, and sustainable cities. Information and communication technologies (ICT), mobile devices, and location-aware sensors that are integrated in IoT networks enable person-to-object and object-to-object communication (Liu 2018).

Working Group Six of the ISPRS Commission IV (WG IV/6), “Internet of Things, SDI, and Spatial Decision Support”, announces this Special Issue of the ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, entitled, “Integrating GIS and Internet of Things (IoT) in Sustainable Cities”, so as to exchange the latest innovations and developments in the integration of GIS and IoT for sustainable cities. We encourage submissions from perspectives of the thing (e.g., the state-of-art in sensors network and integration), the semantic (e.g., representing, storing, sharing, interconnecting, searching, and organizing (geo)information generated by the IoT), and the solutions (e.g., smart and connected communities, citizen science, ecological, and agricultural applications). We encourage contributions on (but not limited to) the following themes:

  • Theories, frameworks, and paradigms of integrated GIS and IoT systems
  • Advancements in sensor networks and integration for applications such as smart transportation, intelligent homes, inventory management, parking, bicycle sharing, energy efficiency, and green infrastructure
  • Geoinformation search, retrieval, sharing, and representation from IoT, including multi-level spatial data infrastructure and web services
  • Spatial decision support systems with GIS-IoT
  • AI and machine learning with GIS-IoT
  • IoT, big data, and analytics: challenges, solutions, and potential
  • Geospatial applications of IoT in urban, ecological, health, business, and agricultural systems
  • Geospatial education and capacity building efforts with GIS-IoT for sustainable cities
  • Ethical and privacy considerations of IoT in urban areas
  • Citizen science, crowdsourcing, and VGI for sustainable cities
  • Pro-poor land management and regularization of slums for urban sustainability

Manuscripts for this exciting Special Issue should be submitted by 20 August 2021 for timely peer-review, selection, and publication in the open access journal ISPRS IJGI.

Dr. Marguerite Madden
Dr. Mingshu Wang
Dr. Dev Raj Paudyal
Dr. Giuseppina Vacca
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Liu, L., 2018. IoT and a sustainable city, Energy Procedia, 153:342-346.

United Nations, 2018. World Urbanization Prospects: The 2018 Revision, Key Facts, Working Paper No. ESA/P/WP.252, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division, United Nations, New York.

Prof. Dr. Madden Marguerite
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Usability of IoT and Open Data Repositories for Analyzing Water Pollution. A Case Study in the Czech Republic
by Jan Pavlík, Markéta Hrnčírová, Michal Stočes, Jan Masner and Jiří Vaněk
ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2020, 9(10), 591; - 08 Oct 2020
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Recently, the process of data opening has intensified, especially thanks to the involvement of many institutions that have not yet shared their data. Some entities provided data to the public long before the trend of open data was pushed to a wider level, [...] Read more.
Recently, the process of data opening has intensified, especially thanks to the involvement of many institutions that have not yet shared their data. Some entities provided data to the public long before the trend of open data was pushed to a wider level, but many institutions have only engaged in this process recently thanks to a systemic state-level effort to make data repositories available to the public. Therefore, there are many new potential sources of data available for research, including the area of water management. This article analyses the current state of available data in the Czech Republic—their content, structure, format, availability, costs and other indicators that affect the usability of these data for independent researchers in the area of water management. The case study was conducted to ascertain the levels of accessibility and usability of data in open data repositories and the possibilities of obtaining data from IoT (Internet of Things) devices such as networked sensors where required data is either not available from existing sources, too costly, or otherwise unsuitable for the research. The goal of the underlying research was to assess the impact/ratio of various watershed factors based on monitored indicators of water pollution in a model watershed. Such information would help propose measures for reducing the volume of pollution resulting in increased security in terms of available drinking water for the capital city Prague. Full article
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