5G and D2D communications at the service of smart cities

Muhammad Usman, Muhammad Rizwan Asghar, Fabrizio Granelli

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Typical smart city applications generally require two different communications infrastructures, a wide area cellular network to provide connectivity and long‐range communications and efficient communication strategies for transmitting short data packets, particularly in case of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The cellular infrastructure is optimized for high data rates and large data sizes while IoT devices mostly exchange small data packets with high energy efficiency and low data rates. To fully exploit both communication infrastructures together, different strategies related to 5G and device‐to‐device (D2D) communication are proposed in the literature. In this chapter, we survey these strategies and provide useful considerations for seamless integration of smart city applications in 5G networks. Moreover, we present smart city scenarios, their communication requirements, and the potential impact on the life of citizens. Finally, we elaborate on the big data impact on smart cities with possible security and privacy concerns.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransportation and Power Grid in Smart Cities: Communication Networks and Services
EditorsHussein T. Mouftah, Melike Erol-Kantarci, Mubashir Husain Rehmani
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781119360124
ISBN (Print)9781119360087
Publication statusPublished - 29 Oct 2018

Publication series

NameTransportation and Power Grid in Smart Cities


  • 5G networks
  • device-to-device communication
  • information and communication technologies
  • Internet of Things
  • smart city
  • user equipments


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