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Special Issue "Sensor Networks for Smart Roads"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 May 2018).
Smart roads will likely shape the mobility of the future. In particular, smart roads will rely on a successful interaction between smart vehicles and smart infrastructure. Vehicles are becoming more and more important actors in the current industrial revolution, providing new challenging applications, from safety to traffic management and infotainment. Concurrently, governmental entities are placing more and more interest (and financial support) to the design and implementation of smart road infrastructures, able to efficiently interact with smart vehicles (e.g., connected autonomous vehicles). In this challenging scenario, it is expected that accurate traffic and road monitoring, through innovative sensor networks, will play a key role in the deployment of innovative smart roads.
In the last decade, commercial vehicles have witnessed an exponential growth of their sensing, computational, and communication capabilities. By exploiting their sensing and communication capabilities, the vehicles can cooperate to create so-called vehicular sensor networks. Moreover, on-board mobile devices act naturally as sensing devices, owing to a large set of on-board sensors (e.g., inertial, voice, magnetic, video, etc.), with widely available direct Internet connectivity.
Infrastructures are also being provided with connection capabilities: smart road infrastructures include, for example, road side units which can provide wireless access to vehicles and, at the same time, collect relevant information with a large array of sensing capabilities. At the same time, next-generation cellular communication systems, i.e., 5G systems, are expected to provide significant data collection and dissemination capabilities. Overall, road/traffic monitoring sensor networks will likely be directly connected to the Internet, thus enabling the implementation of the Internet of Thing (IoT)-oriented smart roads.
This Special Issue focuses on sensor networking for smart roads and aims at covering cutting-edge research advances in topics covering vehicular sensor networking, sensing technologies, wireless communication technologies challenges, standardization, field trials, and others.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:
- Vehicular sensor networks.
- Infrastructure-based sensor networks for road/traffic monitoring.
- Connectivity issues in road/traffic sensing.
- 5G technologies for road/traffic sensing.
- 11p and 802.11r technologies for road/traffic sensing.
- Crowd sensing for vehicular networks.
- Internet of Things (IoT)-based smart roads.
- Software defined vehicular sensor networks.
- High density platooning.
- Autonomous intersection management.
- Vehicular named data networking.
- Heterogeneous vehicular networks.
- Large scale simulations of sensor networks for road/traffic monitoring.
- Field trials.
Dr. Gianluigi Ferrari
Dr. Barbara Masini
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