Foreword: Smart Transportation

Written by Sara Paiva

The area of mobility and transportation has received great attention from the scientific community due to the recognized potential of the importance that these topics represent for the cities of the future. In this special issue of the IEEE Smart Cities eNewsletter, three articles are presented that address different challenges within the area of mobility and transportation using several topics such as blockchain, IoT, connected vehicles, decarbonization and congestion networks.

The first article of this special issue is written by Paula Fraga-Lamas and Tiago M. Fernández-Caramés from Universidade da Coruña, in Spain and is entitled “Blockchain for Automotive IoT and IoT-connected vehicles”. Authors contextualize the fundamental concepts of blockchain adoption in the automotive industry as well as several potential applications. A specific use case of automotive IoT and IoT-connected vehicle is presented, namely the communication architecture.

The second article is entitled “Vehicle-to-Grid Demand Response Can Lead the Way for Decarbonizing City Fleets” and is authored by Soheil Mohseni and Alan C Brent, from the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Authors address the important role of cities for climate change. The Vehicle-to-Grid technology is introduced as well as its primary elements and a scenario of its operation within a smart city.

The third article is written by Richa Daga, an Embedded Software Engineer from Ciena, and is entitled “Next Generation Networks for the World of Smart Transportation”. The author addresses the role of Intelligent Transportation Systems as a fundamental piece of a smart city. The benefit of smart transportation is referred to and how congestion networks should be approached as well as new technologies that will enable next generation networks.

As leading editor of this special issue, I would like to extend special thanks to the authors, to the IEEE Smart Cities Publications Committee, and to all IEEE staff for their ever-tireless support.




This article was edited by Aris Gkoulalas-Divanis

To view all articles in this issue, please go to November 2021 eNewsletter. For a downloadable copy, please visit the IEEE Smart Cities Resource Center.

sara paiva
Sara Paiva holds a PhD in Informatics Engineering from University of Vigo and a Post-doc from Oviedo University, under advanced driving assistants. She is IEEE Senior Member, Vice-Chair of the IEEE Smart Cities Marketing Committee and currently she is Assistant Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo. Her main line of research is smart and inclusive mobility in smart cities through applied mobile computing and outdoor route optimization. Sara is currently Editor in Chief of EAI Endorsed Transaction on Smart Cities, Associate Editor in several IF journals such as MONET and WINET and member of the Editorial Board of the 7.587 IF International Journal of Sustainable Cities and Society. She is General Co-Chair of the EAI International Convention on Smart Cities 360º since the 2020 edition and is part of the Organizing Committee of IEEE Smart Cities 2021. She acts as Scientific Evaluator of Individual Scientist Project Proposals for Fundamental and Applied Research for the Latvian Council of Science. She is also editor of books with Springer, CRC Press, Cambridge Scholar, and special issues in several impact factor journals. She has authored and co-authored more than 60 scientific publications in journals and conferences and is a frequent reviewer of international journals and international conferences.

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