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Smart Cities

Smart cities can be identified along the following dimensions: a smart economy, smart mobility, smart environmens, smart people, smart living and smart governance. One of the focus is in how ICT (Information and Communications Technologies) can improve capacity and solve some of the problems that pose modern cities.
In our reserach group we have been working in how wireless communications can be one of the basis of solving these problems. Specifically, we have been focussing in two technological frameworks: vehicular ad hoc networks and wireless sensor networks.
  • In the area of Vehicular Networks, we have worked in the dissemination of information and large/medium urban areas. Moreover, in the VNET-3 project, we have worked in finding those locations in which RSU's (Road Side Units) could be placed in an urban scenario with the objective of providing the maximum number of vehicles with information that may help them in the day by day. In other works related to project Mopp-Net, we studied how feedback given in the network, e.g. an accident, can help vehicles to re-plan their routes. Finally, in e-VENET (Electrical Vehicle Networks - Future Networking for Low Emission Human Mobility) project, we addressed the need to support the deployment of charging stations with a communication infrastructure and communication protocols that can timely advertise location, availability and waiting time of charging stations, and that were capable of interacting with on-board navigation systems.
  • Wireless Sensor Networks, we have worked in providing information get by for example parking sensors to vehicles moving in a constraint area. Moreover, we are cunrrently developing CommSensum, a community sensor network based on Open Linked Data./li>