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Seminar Report on the IEEE Topic Internet of Things for Smart Cities

The Internet of Things (IoT) shall be able to incorporate transparently and seamlessly a large number of different and heterogeneous end systems while providing open access to selected subsets of data for the development of a plethora of digital services.
Building a general architecture for the IoT is hence a very complex task, mainly because of the extremely large variety of devices, link layer technologies, and services that may be involved in such a system. In this paper, we focus specifically on an urban IoT system that, while still being quite a broad category, is characterized by its specific application domain. Urban IoTs, in fact, is designed to support the Smart City vision, which aims at exploiting the most advanced communication technologies to support added-value services for the administration of the city and for the citizens. 

This Seminar Report on the Internet of Things for Smart Cities hence provides a comprehensive survey of the enabling technologies, protocols, and architecture for an urban IoT. Furthermore, the Seminar Report on the Internet of Things for Smart Cities will present and discuss the technical solutions and best-practice guidelines adopted in the Padova Smart City project, a proof-of-concept deployment of an IoT island in the city of Padova, Italy, performed in collaboration with the city municipality. 

In this seminar report, we analyzed the solutions currently available for the implementation of urban IoTs. The discussed technologies are close to being standardized, and industry players are already active in the production of devices that take advantage of these technologies to enable the applications of interest. In fact, while the range of design options for IoT systems is rather wide, the set of open and standardized protocols is significantly smaller. The enabling technologies, furthermore, have reached a level of maturity that allows for the practical realization of IoT solutions and services, starting from field trials that will hopefully help clear the uncertainty that still prevents a massive adoption of the IoT paradigm. 

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