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