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New and interdisciplinary information and communications technologies (ICT) are increasingly used to build smart and large-scale systems. ICT technologies, such as IoT, 5G, data analytics, smart sensors, and artificial intelligence have further enabled realisation of future smart cities. Smart cities are envisioned to solve pressing life issues such as traffic congestion, air pollution, health hazards, natural disasters, improving quality of life, public safety, utility, housing, etc.

IET Smart Cities is a gold Open Access journal publishing the latest advances on ICT for Smart Cities. It addresses standards, technologies, systems, research, implementation, deployment, applications, benchmarking and policy. It will also cover various aspects of smart cities, such as smart health, transport, energy, homes, living, environment, etc. This journal, however, will not address civil and mechanical engineering issues.

What makes a city "smart"?

'I am sure there are many and varied and even conflicting answers to that question. One aspect that might have wide agreement is that the smart city must have considerable awareness of its current "state" - which could range from consumption of energy or other resources (water, gas) to traffic conditions and city services. What I find intriguing about these concepts is the possibility that a city might have a model of itself sufficient to detect that it is NOT operating per specification or expectations. Road closures, accidents, natural disasters, power outages all qualify as disruption of normal operation. One might include in "normal" the state of road congestion during rush hours to as to distinguish abnormal conditions to normal (even if unacceptable) conditions. Such a model could also be used to make predictions about how various conditions would change in the event of a serious incident. What if evacuation were needed? Could the model help to find optimal exit paths and guide emergency responders to direct traffic in the preferred directions? Could these optimizations be done in real time to adjust to changes in conditions? These are the kinds of questions that I hope can be explored in the IET Smart Cities journal and any attendant conferences.'
Vint Cerf
VP and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google

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