Methodological proposals for the development of services in a smart city: A literature review

Joel Serey, Luis Quezada, Miguel Alfaro, Guillermo Fuertes, Rodrigo Ternero, Gustavo Gatica, Sebastian Gutierrez, Manuel Vargas

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This literature review analyzes and classifies methodological contributions that answer the different challenges faced by smart cities. This study identifies city services that require the use of artificial intelligence (AI); which they refer to as areas of application of A. These areas are classified and evaluated, taking into account the five proposed domains (government, environment, urban settlements, social assistance, and economy). In this review, 168 relevant studies were identified that make methodological contributions to the development of smart cities and 66 areas of application of AI, along with the main challenges associated with their implementation. The review methodology was content analysis of scientific literature published between 2013 and 2020. The basic terminology of this study corresponds to AI, the internet of things, and smart cities. In total, 196 references were used. Finally, the methodologies that propose optimization frameworks and analytical frameworks, the type of conceptual research, the literature published in 2018, the urban settlement macro-categories, and the group city monitoring–smart electric grid, make the greater contributions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number10249
Pages (from-to)1-28
Number of pages28
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • Artificial intelligence
  • City services
  • Internet of things
  • Smart cities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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