Publications by the InterSCity research group


InterSCity: A Scalable Microservice-based Open Source Platform for Smart Cities

Arthur de M. Del Esposte, Fabio Kon, Fabio M. Costa and Nelson Lago
Smart City technologies emerge as a potential solution to tackle common problems in large urban centers by using city resources efficiently and providing quality services for citizens. Despite the various advances in middleware technologies to support future smart cities, there are no universally accepted platforms yet. Most of the existing solutions do not provide the required flexibility to be shared across cities. Moreover, the extensive use and development of non-open-source software leads to interoperability issues and limits the collaboration among R&D groups. In this paper, we explore the use of a microservices architecture to address key practical challenges in smart city platforms. We present InterSCity, a microservice-based open source smart city platform that aims at supporting collaborative, novel smart city research, development, and deployment initiatives. We discuss how the microservice approach enables a flexible, extensible, and loosely coupled architecture and present experimental results demonstrating the scalability of the proposed platform.
  author={Arthur de M. Del Esposte and Fabio Kon and Fabio M. Costa and Nelson Lago},
  title={InterSCity: A Scalable Microservice-based Open Source Platform for Smart Cities},
  booktitle={Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Smart Cities and Green ICT Systems},


Cidades Inteligentes: Conceitos, plataformas e desafios

Fabio Kon and Eduardo Felipe Zambom Santana
With the growth of the urban population, the infrastructural problems and limited resources of thousands of cities around the world affect negatively the lives of billions of people. Making cities smarter can help improving city services and increasing the quality of life of their citizens. Information and communication technologies (ICT) are a fundamental means to move towards smarter city environments. Using a software platform on top of which Smart City applications can be deployed facilitates the development and integration of such applications. However, there are, currently, significant technological and scientific challenges that must be faced by the ICT community before these platforms can be widely used. This chapter presents the state-of-the-art and the state-of-the-practice in Smart Cities environments. We analyze eleven smart city platforms and eleven smart city initiatives with respect to the most used enabling technologies as well as functional and non-functional requirements. Finally, we enumerate open research challenges and comment on our vision for the area in the future.
  author={Fabio Kon and Eduardo Felipe Zambom Santana},
  title={Cidades Inteligentes: Conceitos, plataformas e desafios},
  booktitle = {Jornadas de Atualização em Informática 2016 --- JAI},
  editor = {José Carlos Maldonado and José Viterbo and Marcio Eduardo Delamaro and Sabrina Marczak},
  publisher = {SBC},
  isbn = {978-85-7669-326-0},
  eventdate = {04--07 July, 2016},
  eventtitle = {XXXVI Congresso da Sociedade Brasileira de Computação},
  venue = {Porto Alegre, RS --- Brazil},

Cidades Inteligentes por mais Qualidade de Vida

Fabio Kon, Nelson Lago and Roberto Speicys Cardoso
External URL,analise-cidades-inteligentes-por-mais-qualidade-de-vida,10000082030
  author={Fabio Kon and Nelson Lago and Roberto Speicys Cardoso},
  title={Cidades Inteligentes por mais Qualidade de Vida},
  journaltitle={Jornal O Estado de São Paulo},
  journalsubtitle={Caderno Metrópole},

InterSCity: Addressing Future Internet Research Challenges for Smart Cities

Daniel Macêdo Batista, Alfredo Goldman, Roberto Hirata Jr., Fabio Kon, Fabio M. Costa and Markus Endler
The Future Internet will integrate large-scale systems constructed from the composition of thousands of distributed services, while interacting directly with the physical world via sensors and actuators, which compose the Internet of Things. This Future Internet will enable the realization of the Smart Cities vision, in which the urban infrastructure will be used to its fullest extent to offer a better quality of life for its citizens. Key to the efficient and effective realization of Smart Cities is the scientific and technological research covering the multiple layers that make up the Internet. This paper discusses the research challenges and initiatives related to Future Internet and Smart Cities in the scope of the InterSCity project. The challenges and initiatives are organized in three fronts: (1) Networking and High-Performance Distributed Computing; (2) Software Engineering for the Future Internet; and (3) Analysis and Mathematical Modeling for the Future Internet and Smart Cities. InterSCity aims at developing an integrated open-source platform containing all the major building blocks for the development of robust, integrated, sophisticated applications for the smart cities of the future.
External URL
  author={Daniel Macêdo Batista and Alfredo Goldman and Roberto Hirata Jr. and Fabio Kon and Fabio M. Costa and Markus Endler},
  title={InterSCity: Addressing Future Internet Research Challenges for Smart Cities},
  booktitle = {Online Proceedings},
  eventdate={16--18 November, 2016},
  eventtitle={7th International Conference on Network of the Future},
  venue={Búzios, RJ --- Brazil},