Open-Source Electronics Platforms as Enabling Technologies for Smart Cities: Recent Developments and Perspectives

Popular platforms such as Raspberry Pi, BeagleBoard and Arduino come as single-board open-source platforms that have enough computational power for different types of smart-city applications, while keeping affordable prices and encompassing many programming libraries and useful hardware extensions. As a result, smart-city solutions based on such platforms are becoming common and the surveying of recent research in this area can support a better understanding of this scenario, as presented in this article.

Authors: Daniel G. Costa and Cristian Duran-Faundez
 
Journal: Electronics 2018, 7(12), 404
 
Publisher: MDPI 
 
Abstract
 
With the increasing availability of affordable open-source embedded hardware platforms, the development of low-cost programmable devices for uncountable tasks has accelerated in recent years. In this sense, the large development community that is being created around popular platforms is also contributing to the construction of Internet of Things applications, which can ultimately support the maturation of the smart-cities era.
 
Popular platforms such as Raspberry Pi, BeagleBoard and Arduino come as single-board open-source platforms that have enough computational power for different types of smart-city applications, while keeping affordable prices and encompassing many programming libraries and useful hardware extensions. As a result, smart-city solutions based on such platforms are becoming common and the surveying of recent research in this area can support a better understanding of this scenario, as presented in this article. Moreover, discussions about the continuous developments in these platforms can also indicate promising perspectives when using these boards as key elements to build smart cities.
 
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Illustration Photo: Singapore ranked 6th in the top world smart cities 2018 index by the IESE Business School in Barcelona (CC0 Creative Commons from Pixabay.com)

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