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International Journal of Vehicular Technology
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 120194, 7 pages
Research Article

A New Distributed and Scalable Network Protocol Targeting Intelligent Transportation Systems

Department of Electrical Engineering, The Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Received 8 March 2011; Accepted 28 April 2011

Academic Editor: Mohsen Guizani

Copyright © 2011 M. Meribout. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Vehicular networks are the major ingredients of the envisioned Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) concept. An important component of ITS which is currently attracting wider research focus is road traffic monitoring. The actual approaches for traffic road monitoring are characterized by longer response times and are also subject to higher processing requirements and possess high deployment costs. In this paper, we propose a completely distributed and scalable mechanism for wireless sensor network-based road traffic monitoring. The approach relies on the distributed and bidirectional exchange of traffic information between the vehicles traversing the routes and a miniature cluster head and takes into consideration both the security and reliability of data communication. In addition, the communication between nodes is collision-free since the underlined data link layer protocol relies on a heuristic time multiplexed-based protocol. The performance analysis shows that the proposed mechanism usually outperforms other algorithms for different traffic densities.