Future Cities

Living Lab : Vehicular Ad-hoc Networking

The Vehicular Ad-hoc Networking testbed is being implemented in two ways. On the one hand, the FP7 initial project has instrumented with 802.11p technology harbor trucks that move regularly among containers packed high as buildings, emulating a small-scale city. One the other hand, +600 buses in the City of Porto are currently operating an hybrid wireless ad-hoc network that seamlessly switch between 802.11p, Wi-Fi and 4G.  Thus, this urban-scale testbed consists of hundreds of networked vehicles, which use 802.11p, WiFi or 4G to connect to each other and to the infrastructure. Furthermore, GPS, accelerometer and OBD2 data collection was added to the on-board system, making vehicles, city sensors. This on-board technology is now licensed to Veniam (https://www.veniam.com) that was a spin-off of IT, UA and U.Porto that had been cooperating under the CCFC.




The technical infrastructure consists of vehicular communication boxes operated in 24 trucks that are moving containers inside the harbor of Porto (Porto de Leixões) and nearly 500 communication boxes with multiple interfaces and cloud based network management and monitoring including remote software updating capability.
The Future Cities plans to have similar technologies on city buses.


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