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Public Safety Series 2015 : Call for Book Chapters Wiley-ISTE - Public Safety Networks Series


When Oct 22, 2014 - Oct 22, 2015
Where Worldwide
Submission Deadline Nov 30, 2014
Notification Due Dec 30, 2014
Final Version Due Mar 30, 2015
Categories    computer networks   public safety   communications   networking

Call For Papers

Call for Book Chapters
Wiley-ISTE - Public Safety Networks Series

Proposals Submission Deadline: November 30, 2014
Proposals Acceptance date: December 30, 2014
Full Chapters Due: First volume, Mars 31, 2015
Second volume, June 30, 2015
Third volume, September 30, 2015

This book series aims to introduce the challenges and the state of the art techniques used in the Public Safety Networks (PSNs) field. PSNs are the kind of network established by the authorities to either prepare the population for an eminent catastrophe, or as support during the crisis and normalization phases. PSNs have special requirements, when compared to regular networks. Normally, for PSNs, the main concerns in the establishment of public safety networks are rapid deployment and survivability. Other important characteristic of this kind of network is that their requirements may change radically, depending on the nature of the faced disaster. However, these networks are always mission critical; once deployed, PSNs have to be reliable since lives may depend on them.

Maintaining communication capabilities in a disaster scenario is a crucial factor for avoiding preventable loss of lives and damages to property. However, during a catastrophe such as an earthquake, power outage or flooding, the main network structure can be severely affected, because the stations are damaged, or simply because power outages shutdowns the antennas. Moreover, even if the infrastructure is not damaged, historically, major disasters are the most intense generators of telecommunications traffic. The public communication networks, even when available, may fail not only because of physical damages, but also because of traffic overload. Therefore, the regular public networks alone are often not sufficient to allow rescue and relief operations. However, equipment failures and lack of connectivity are not the only problems faced by PSNs. Traditionally, PSNs have been owned and operated by individual agencies, such as law enforcement, civil defense and firefighters. Even further, they may belong and obey to commands related to federal, state or municipal governments. All these different PSNs are often not interoperable, which may represent a problem in the case of a catastrophe.

Topics of Interest
Chapters describing original, previously unpublished research work, experimental efforts, legal restrictions, practical experiences, and industrial and commercial developments in all aspects of public safety networks are solicited. Potential topics include, but are not limited to the following areas of interest:

* Overview and Challenges
1. Introduction to Public safety networks
2. Standardization efforts
3. Legal aspects and implications
4. Public safety networks deployment, operations, and interoperability
5. Communication technologies
6. Existent and future end-to-end architectures
7. Requirements for PSN interoperability
8. Public Safety Scenarios modelling
9. Spectrum policies and specific legislations
10. Enabling technologies
11. Future challenges

* System view
1. Emergency alert systems.
2. Fast deployable heterogeneous networks
3. Public Safety applications
4. Validation of mission critical networks operation and Testbeds
5. Emerging network standards and their impact on PSNs
6. Software defined radios and PSNs
7. M2M/IoT impacts on PSNs
8. Software defined networks for disaster management
9. Backhaul and Backbone support to PSNs
10. Security
11. Convergent networks
12. PSN as a service (virtualization and network sharing)
13. Proximity networks and services
14. Efficient multicast and broadcast delivery

* Applications and Use
1. Challenges and future applications
2. Social networks and disaster scenarios
3. Applications and services for PSNs
4. Study cases and real implementations
5. Efficient data analytics and dissemination in PSNs
6. Quality of service for PSNs
7. Next generation systems

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit a chapter proposal (an extended abstract of 2 pages maximum) with a detailed table of contents and clearly explaining the mission and concerns of the proposed chapter, by November 30, 2014. Submissions should be made by sending the proposal to both editors (, In the e-mail submit the title of the chapter, a small description of the subject, the abstract of the chapter and a short biography (~100 words or less) of each author, with their current affiliation (working organization, location, country, e-mail address, etc). Please, include in the subject "Book chapter for PSN". Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by December 10, 2014 about the status of their proposals. Each manuscript should be written in English in a tutorial manner with enough details so that it can be easily accessible for the readers outside the specific research field. The content and theme of the book should be focused on the advances in the public safety networks field. Authors of accepted chapters may be asked to help reviewing process other authors’ chapters.

Authors should send the chapters in single column format (A4 page size with top and bottom margin: 5.7 cm, left and right margins: 4.5 cm Times New Roman font, 10 point size, line spacing of at least 12 pt, template can be downloaded from Editors expect camera ready chapters of about 20 to 30 pages, but more or less are allowed. An all-in-one PDF file may be submitted for the initial submission however, if the chapter is accepted, this formatting style must be followed and MS-Office file must be supplied, with all the images in high quality format (highest resolution possible, 300 dpi or higher).

Objectives and Target Audience
This book series will be composed of 3 books with 220 pages each, covering three main axes: Overview and Challenges, System , and Applications and Usage. It will intends to cover introductory subjects as well as present the most advanced research concepts, applications and developments related to this field. The main purpose is to cover all the themes that present strong interest in the Public Safety Networks community. It targets researchers, industrials, professionals of IT and any person that has interest in knowing more about the wireless Public Safety Networks.

This book is scheduled to be published by Wiley-ISTE. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit The first publication of this series is anticipated to be released in the second half of 2015.

Important Dates
Proposal Submission Deadline: November 30, 2014
Notification of Acceptance of proposals: December 30, 2014

Full chapter submission: First volume, Mars 31, 2015
Second volume, June 30, 2015
Third volume, September 30, 2015

Final notification of acceptance: First volume, May 30, 2015
Second volume, August 31, 2015
Third volume, October 30, 2015

Revised version of accepted chapters due : First volume July 31, 2015
Second volume September 30, 2015
Third volume January 16, 2016

Daniel Câmara -
Telecom ParisTech

Navid Nikaein -

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