RFID technology for Smart Healthcare
Sensors and actuators for Smart Healthcare
Wireless biotelemetry technologies
Radio planning for Smart Healthcare and context aware-environments
Body Sensor Networks for citizens in the context of a Smart City
Intra and Inter BSNs communications
Context awareness and situation awareness in Healthcare
Future network/communications infrastructures and architectures for Smart Healthcare
Energy saving solutions for long-term monitoring
Storage and display devices for Smart Healthcare
Quality of experience (QoE) measurement in Smart Healthcare applications
Security, privacy and trust management for Smart Healthcare services/applications
Lightweight cryptography for Smart Healthcare devices and systems
Cryptanalysis of protocols for Smart Healthcare devices
Economics and governance of Smart Healthcare
Big data analytics for Smart Healthcare
Real experiences, best practices and use cases
The wide adoption of context-aware technologies within smart cities and the emergence of the IoT paradigm have opened the door for the wide development of a diversity of new applications to monitor activities within smart cities and context-aware environments.
Smart cities strongly depend on technology (RFID, mobile phones, sensor networks, etc.) to support their main areas of development, namely Smart Healthcare, smart government, open and big data analytics, smart mobility, and sustainability.
In the last decade, advances in wireless sensing technology led to the emergence of a wide range of applications in many domains, namely healthcare, sport, consumer electronics, social networking, and so on.
Healthcare, and more specifically e-health, m-health and Smart Health, are recognized as some of the most important and promising amongst these applications due to their potential to positively impact the quality of life of citizens in many ways (e.g. wireless and remote monitoring of chronic illnesses, managing lifesaving emergencies, providing round-the-clock healthcare in disadvantaged areas, etc.).
In addition to the contextual information provided by smart cities, a key point for smart healthcare is the monitoring of health-related signals such as vital signs, which is mainly supported by Body Sensor Networks (BSNs) technology, and it is expected to revolutionize the healthcare and real-time body monitoring industries.
Overall, putting BSNs, RFID and other context-awareness enabling technologies at the disposal of smart cities allows for relevant advances in e-health to ultimately improve the citizens’ quality of life. However, without ensuring the required efficiency, dependability, scalability, security and privacy level for the citizens, and without developing the proper tools for collecting, processing and mining the sensed data, healthcare in smart cities (i.e. smart health) cannot gain wide acceptance and can hardly become a reality.
We invite researchers and practitioners to contribute original research articles that will stimulate continuous efforts to advance the Smart Health research field.