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Conference Paper

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Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Sensor Networks SENSORNETS





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9th International Conference on Sensor Networks, February 28-29, 2020, Valletta, Malta


Our paper was inspired by the recent Society 5.0 initiative of the Japanese Government that seeks to create a sustainable human-centric society by putting to work recent advances in technology: sensor networks, edge computing, IoT ecosystems, AI, Big Data, robotics, to name just a few. The main contribution of this work is a vision of how these technological advances can contribute, directly or indirectly, to making Society 5.0 reality. For this purpose we build on a recently-proposed concept of Marketplace of Services that, in our view, will turn out to be one of the cornerstones of Society 5.0. Instead of referring to Society 5.0 directly, throughout the paper we shall define a generic Smart Community that implements a subset of the goals of Society 5.0. We show how digital technology in conjunction with the Marketplace of services can contribute to enabling and promoting sustainable Smart Communities. Very much like Society 5.0, our Smart Community can provide a large number of di verse and evolving human-centric services offered as utilities and sold on a metered basis. The services offered by the Smart Community can be synthesized, using the latest technology (e.g. 3D printing, robotics, Big Data analytics, AI, etc.), from a hierarchy of raw resources or other services. The residents of the Smart Community can purchase as much or as little of these services as they find suitable to their needs and are billed according to a pay-as-you-go business model.


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Original Publication Citation

Olariu, S. (2020). Smart communities: From sensors to internet of things and to a marketplace of services. In N. Ansari, A. Ahrens, & C. Benavente-Preces (Eds.), Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Sensor Networks SENSORNETS (pp. 7-18). SciTePress.


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