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Improvements in terms of smart device capabilities and of communication technologies allowed crowdsensing solutions to emerge as a powerful strategy to revolutionize environment sensing, becoming one of the key elementsof future Smart Cities. In particular, smartphones, smartwatches, and other personal gadgets are now endowed not only with significant computing power and different wireless interfaces, but also with an increasing number of sensors able to provide useful information about the user environment, especially when the user is moving around a city. If vehicular mobility is adopted, the sensing capabilities can be further increased by connecting smart devices to vehicles using the OBD-II interface, or provided directly by smart vehicles through Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) or Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communications. In the future, with the gradual introduction of autonomous vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles, many more sensing alternatives are expected.
In parallel to these developments, network infrastructure has experiencedsignificant improvements in recent years in terms of both coverage and performance which, combined with advances in cloud computing, allows transmitting, storing and processing large amounts of data in an efficient manner. Altogether, the potential for generating and analyzing huge amounts of data is remarkable, being able to provide unprecedented information with high levels of spatial and time resolution about any event of interestoccurring in a city.