Software Defined Networking for Emergency Traffic Management in Smart Cities

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Vehicle traffic management is becoming more complex due to increased traffic density in cities. Novel solutions are necessary for emergency vehicles, which despite growing congestion must be able to quickly reach their destination. Emergency vehicles are usually equipped with transmitters to control the traffic lights on their path and warn other vehicles with sirens. Transmitters are operated manually and, like sirens, have a limited range. Smart cities can make use of novel network models to facilitate traffic management. In this paper, we design a traffic management application leveraging Software Defined Network controllers for traffic preemption. The proposed application leverages the logical centralization of the SDN control plane to improve traffic management. Results from evaluating the application under five different scenarios indicate that emergency vehicles can reach their destination much faster, with very little effect on the surrounding traffic.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVehicular Ad-hoc Networks for Smart Cities
Subtitle of host publicationThird International Workshop, 2019
EditorsAnis Laouiti, Amir Qayyum, Mohamad Naufal Mohamad Saad
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-15-3750-9
ISBN (Print)978-981-15-3749-3
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Apr 8
EventIWVSC'2019: Third International Workshop on Vehicular Adhoc Networks for Smart Cities -
Duration: 2019 Nov 132019 Nov 13

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, AISC
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365


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  • Computer Systems


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