Sensing in the urban technological deserts: A position paper for smart cities in least developed countries

Jonathan Ouoba, T.F. Bissyandé

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Abstract

The technological progress in recent years has allowed to produce sensors, on macroscopic and microscopic scales, that are now essential to ubiquitous computing. This paradigm has made the concept of smart cities a reality that is now in synchrony with the needs and requirements for living in this era. Whether it concerns commuters in public transportations or users of existential services such as hospitals, the implementation of smart cities is equally important in developed countries than in the least developed countries. Unfortunately, in the latter, sensors and the associated technologies are not readily available to implement smart cities. It is therefore necessary to identify surrogate ways of sensing the ambient environment. In this position paper, we discuss the situation in least developed countries and the obstacles to common implementations of smart cities. We also provide a preliminary enumeration of how mobile-phones with SMS-based services and the cultural model can be leveraged to build smart cities in such urban technological deserts
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2014 International Workshop on Web Intelligence and Smart Sensing, IWWISS '14
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery ACM
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-2747-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Workshop on Web Intelligence and Smart Sensing, IWWISS 2014 - Saint Etienne, France
Duration: 1 Sep 20142 Sep 2014

Conference

ConferenceInternational Workshop on Web Intelligence and Smart Sensing, IWWISS 2014
Abbreviated titleIWWISS 2014
CountryFrance
CitySaint Etienne
Period1/09/142/09/14

Keywords

  • ICT4D
  • mobility
  • sensing
  • smart cities
  • Sub-Saharan Africa

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    Ouoba, J., & Bissyandé, T. F. (2014). Sensing in the urban technological deserts: A position paper for smart cities in least developed countries. In Proceedings of the 2014 International Workshop on Web Intelligence and Smart Sensing, IWWISS '14 Association for Computing Machinery ACM. https://doi.org/10.1145/2637064.2637097