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Testbeds for Reliable Smart City Machine-to-Machine Communication
Citation key Mwangama2013
Author Mwangama, Joyce and Willner, Alexander and Ventura, Neco and Elmangosh, Asma and Pfeifer, Tom and Magedanz, Thomas
Title of Book South African Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference (SATNAC)
Pages 339–344
Year 2013
ISBN 978-0-620-57883-7
Address Stellenbosch, South Africa
Publisher Open Access
Abstract With a large majority of the world's population moving towards living in urban environments in the foreseeable future, the notion of Smart Cities is emerging globally as an important research topic. A particular challenge is the unstable power supply of cities in underdeveloped countries, thus creating a need for smart energy management systems. By installing small smart and affordable devices at the end-user's location, information about the state of the power grid can be collected and transmitted (over different network technologies) to a central controller. This can be the future technique for South Africa's grid overload management, which operates in a demand- response manner allowing for loads to be measured and limited as needed. To investigate this issue we propose to interweave a Smart City platform and an ETSI/oneM2M compliant Machine-to-Machine communication framework. We emphasize secure identification and authentication of sensors and users as well as a policy-based store and forward functionality. To validate our approach, we analyse the core developments by carrying out experimental research in federated testbeds in Berlin and Cape Town using a Slice Federation Architecture (SFA) compliant framework and conducting field studies (pilots) in Johannesburg and San Vicenc dels Horts.
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