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Providing Secure and Reliable Communication for Next Generation Networks in Smart Cities

Al Ridhawi, I, Otoum, S, Aloqaily, M, Jararweh, Y and Baker, T (2020) Providing Secure and Reliable Communication for Next Generation Networks in Smart Cities. Sustainable Cities and Society, 56. ISSN 2210-6707

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Finding a framework that provides continuous, reliable, secure and sustainable diversified smart city services proves to be challenging in today’s traditional cloud centralized solutions. This article envisions a Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) solution that enables node collaboration among IoT devices to provide reliable and secure communication between devices and the fog layer on one hand, and the fog layer and the cloud layer on the other hand. The solution assumes that collaboration is determined based on nodes’ resource capabilities and cooperation willingness. Resource capabilities are defined using ontologies, while willingness to cooperate is described using a three-factor node criteria, namely: nature, attitude and awareness. A learning method is adopted to identify candidates for the service composition and delivery process. We show that the system does not require extensive training for services to be delivered correct and accurate. The proposed solution reduces the amount of unnecessary traffic flow to and from the edge, by relying on nodeto-node communication protocols. Communication to the fog andcloud layers is used for more data and computing-extensive applications, hence, ensuring secure communication protocols to the cloud. Preliminary simulations are conducted to showcase the effectiveness of adapting the proposed framework to achieve smart city sustainability through service reliability and security. Results show that the proposed solution outperforms other semicooperative and non-cooperative service composition techniques in terms of efficient service delivery and composition delay, service hit ratio, and suspicious node identification.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0502 Environmental Science and Management, 1205 Urban and Regional Planning
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Computer Science & Mathematics
Publisher: Elsevier
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2020 10:11
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 08:00
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12163
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