The Internet of Things for i-Transportation


One of the societal challenges of the Horizon 2020 programme is “achieving a European transport system that is resource-efficient, environmentally friendly, safe and ‘seamless’ for the benefit of citizens, the economy and society” (see European Commission C(2013) 8631 of 10 December 2013, Work Programme – Part XI –Societal Challenges, Smart, green and integrated transport). To accomplish this challenge the Commission promotes an “Integrated effort” including both governance and technological aspects. From the governance aspect, it is expected to “transcend the scope and scale of purely national efforts”, in order to set up i-Transport systems complying with “geographical continuity, standardisation and interoperability of service”, avoiding the “emergence of a patchwork of ITS applications and services”, while the technology is expected to remove the limitations of “technological improvements involving individual vehicles or infrastructure components and sub-systems”.  In addition, “technological solutions must be found at the level of the interactions between the various constituents of transport systems, including users, and their optimal combination”.

A prominent role will be covered in this respect by vehicular communications (V2X) where novel devices (often called "things") will take part in a specific instance of the Future Internet.

In the clip embedded below, sponsored by the Livorno Port Authority, the seamless integration of in-vehicle and road-side equipment has been publicly demostrated.



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