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Coronado Mondragon A.E.,Royal Holloway, University of London | Coronado E.S.,Networking and Telecommunications Professional Services | Coronado Mondragon C.E.,Memorial University of Newfoundland
Energy | Year: 2015

The challenges faced by electricity grids suggest smart grids will have to coordinate its operation with other important initiatives in areas such as transportation. The smart grid relies on the use of network platforms where meter readings and data can be transmitted. On the other hand, concerning transportation systems the need to achieve a reduction of road congestion and traffic accidents among the increasing use of electric vehicles has consolidated the importance of ITS (intelligent transport systems). Given the magnitude of the challenges faced by both the smart grid and ITS, the aim of this work is to identify the elements comprising a convergence platform capable of supporting future services for data traffic associated to smart grid operations as well as ITS-related commercial service applications and road traffic safety messaging. A seaport terminal scenario is used to present a convergence network platform incorporating WSN (wireless sensor network) theory. The results of the simulation of the proposed network confirms the suitability of WSN to be used in the transmission of data traffic associated to meter readings which is required for effective energy consumption and management policies in industrial environments comprising equipment with high energy demands. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. Source

Coronado Mondragon A.E.,Royal Holloway, University of London | Coronado Mondragon E.S.,Networking and Telecommunications Professional Services | Coronado Mondragon C.E.,Memorial University of Newfoundland | Mung'Au F.,University of Hull
Expert Systems with Applications | Year: 2012

Various wireless technologies including radio frequency identification (RFID), bluetooth, cellular networks and dedicated short range communications (DSRC) might have an impact on logistics and transport operations. Among them, DSRC stands out as a broadband communications technology which has been designed to provide a general purpose Radio-Frequency (RF) link between vehicles and network infrastructure. As such, DSRC is capable of implementing the physical layer of an Internet Protocol (IP) bearer based network designed to facilitate the monitoring and coordination of portside vehicular traffic. This unprecedented application of wireless networking has the potential to greatly enhance the management of the flow of goods and resources, particularly within large, international ports whose activities comprise multimodal operations such as the use of road haulage to move cargo transported by sea. Given the need for reliable services in non-safety business applications, in this work an Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) approach is used to address two issues. First, in wireless networks reliable data transfer transport layer services are affected where there is an apparent increase in mobility when access point coverage areas are reduced to counter the effects of path loss in the physical layer. Second, a service provisioning protocol intended for vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) data transfer is proposed to illustrate the importance of cumulative costs in wireless networks used for logistics applications. The analysis covers the average response time for requesting on-demand services within the portside network considered. The results of the analysis confirm the suitability of the approach used to provide a logistics network capable of meeting the requirements demanded in multimodal logistics. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source

Coronado Mondragon A.E.,Royal Holloway, University of London | Coronado Mondragon E.S.,Networking and Telecommunications Professional Services
19th Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress, ITS 2012 | Year: 2012

Numerous challenges represented by rising electricity consumption, the need for renewable generation, transmission, distribution and the increase in the use of electrical vehicles have elevated the profile of smart grids as the pinnacle of future electricity grids. At the same time, intelligent transport systems (ITS) are seen as indispensable to meet the need of making transport networks more secure, achieve reduction in traffic congestion, reduce the number of accidents on the roads and overall, reduce the impact of transport on the environment. The expansion of the smart grid and intelligent transport systems (ITS) represents a unique challenge in terms of the convergence of network platforms that can be used in the deployment of future services. Vehicle area networks (VANETs) dependent on Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC) @ 5.9 GHz represent a major overhaul compared to Wi-Fi as VANETs have the potential to become a reliable wireless network platform to support both the requirements of the smart grid and ITS-based services. A seaport terminal scenario is proposed to discuss the characteristics of a convergence network platform where the metered readings of electric-powered materials handling equipment are transmitted using the same infrastructure capable of handling road safety messaging and non-safety applications. Source

Coronado Mondragon A.E.,Royal Holloway, University of London | Coronado Mondragon C.E.,Memorial University of Newfoundland | Coronado E.S.,Networking and Telecommunications Professional Services
Scientific World Journal | Year: 2015

Flexibility and innovation at creating shapes, adapting processes, and modifying materials characterize composites materials, a "high-tech" industry. However, the absence of standard manufacturing processes and the selection of materials with defined properties hinder the configuration of the composites materials supply chain. An interesting alternative for a "high-tech" industry such as composite materials would be to review supply chain lessons and practices in "low-tech" industries such as food. The main motivation of this study is to identify lessons and practices that comprise innovations in the supply chain of a firm in a perceived "low-tech" industry that can be used to provide guidelines in the design of the supply chain of a "high-tech" industry, in this case composite materials. This work uses the case study/site visit with analogy methodology to collect data from a Spanish leading producer of fresh fruit juice which is sold in major European markets and makes use of a cold chain. The study highlights supply base management and visibility/traceability as two elements of the supply chain in a "low-tech" industry that can provide guidelines that can be used in the configuration of the supply chain of the composite materials industry. © 2015 Adrian E. Coronado Mondragon et al. Source

Coronado Mondragon A.E.,Royal Holloway, University of London | Lalwani C.S.,University of Hull | Coronado Mondragon E.S.,Networking and Telecommunications Professional Services | Coronado Mondragon C.E.,Memorial University of Newfoundland | Pawar K.S.,University of Nottingham
International Journal of Production Economics | Year: 2012

The growing complexity of logistics and its importance as a major economic activity has raised the profile of information and communication technology (ICT) as means to improve the levels of visibility, responsiveness and efficiency in supply chains relying in multimodal transport operations. With the use of wireless vehicular networks, Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) have the potential to shape the future of multimodal logistics. In the absence of sophisticated ICT tools, the potential role and contribution of ITS and in particular wireless vehicular networks play in logistics is investigated in a multimodal case of a port terminal handling bulk material transported by sea, which is unloaded into haulage vehicles. Event flow mapping and network modelling analysis are used to determine the feasibility of ITS to support real-time data traffic related to the exchange of messages, which are representative of the flow of events taking place in multimodal logistics and which can be associated to high-impact capabilities with economic repercussions such as track and trace. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Source

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