Date of Award


Document Type

Doctoral Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Electronic Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Dirk Pesch


The concept of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) presents new R&D challenges for the transportation and ICT sectors and is currently receiving considerable interest from the research community. The primary objective of ITS is the creation of advanced road traffic systems for improved traffic safety, efficiency, and travelling comfort. Basic vehicle and roadside infrastructure collaboration allows for an increase in efficiency and safety and acts as the foundation for an extensive service set to achieve these ITS goals. Applications such as journey planning, automatic tolling and emergency warnings, among others, are envisaged in a system which can potentially reform modern transportation. Enabling cooperation among ITS entities to the degree envisioned requires a persistent, stable and reliable underlying communications service. Communications is therefore the nervous system of the cooperative vehicular environment, and it is widely accepted that the ITS communication solution is a heterogeneous mix of complementary communication technologies for ubiquitous connectivity.

Taking into account the wide array of communication technologies and plethora of proposed applications, this thesis addresses one of the major and largely unexplored challenges facing the ITS research community in relation to service and (communication management (SCM), whereby the underlying communications capability is exploited to assure satisfactory operation of deployed ITS applications. A generic SCM framework, which is directly applicable to the ISO Conditions, Air Interface for Long and Medium range (CALM) stack is presented.

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