The support of information and communication technology (ICT) solutions to information visibility comprising road haulage and port operations

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It has been widely acknowledged that wireless vehicle networks can offer significant opportunities to create new applications that can be of benefit to logistics and transportation. Among emerging wireless technologies, Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC) is a technology based on the standard IEEE 802.11p. A practical example of where a DSRC-based network could be deployed is in the allocation of trucks to tipping operations involving bulk materials from a vessel docked in a given berth (point of discharge) to a deposit/warehouse within the confinements of the port. The methodology employed included activity mapping of bulk tipping and modelling of a wireless vehicular network where trucks represent mobile nodes. Also this study acknowledges that there are key activities that need to take place when considering the deployment of logistics services on next generation wireless vehicle networks such as DSRC. These key activities include: network design, node location and link connectivity and cumulative signalling costs. The methodology followed proved to be effective for the purpose of this research as it was possible to design and simulate a network topology with an access point separation of 340m given the nominal communications range for DSRC and the link data rates considered in this study. The network’s topology suitability was tested by including a service provisioning protocol to show the importance of security in wireless networks. Given the complexity of operations taking place in port terminals, the considerations presented here highlight the importance of a sound methodology that can be used to evaluate the deployment of on-demand services for logistics based on next generation wireless vehicle networks.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2010
Event15th Annual Logistics Research Network Conference - Harrogate, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Sept 201010 Sept 2010


Conference15th Annual Logistics Research Network Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • port logistics
  • wireless vehicle networks
  • intelligent transport systems

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