Expanding Coverage of an Intelligent Transit Bus Monitoring System via ZigBee Radio Network



published: 2019-04-13 08:40:59

Public transportation around midsize college towns has become increasingly vital as residential, and commuter populations continue to grow every year.
Our research team proposes a cyber-physical system that monitors the quality of service of the transit bus system around James Madison University. By using the power of Internet of Things (IoT), it is possible to create a network of smart nodes that collect data on the bus routing efficiency and ridership.
Using Big-Data gathered, improvements can be made to bus route efficiency and traffic congestion in Harrisonburg, as well as similar college towns in the future.
This paper concentrates on the steps taken to improve and expand upon our current system’s network infrastructure to allow the collection of data to take place outside the range of campus WiFi. Additionally, the security of passenger data during transmission and storage from smart nodes is also addressed.

About the Speaker: Ahmad Salman received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Arab Academy for Science and Technology (AAST), Alexandria, Egypt, in 2002. He received his Master of Science in Computer Engineering from George Mason University, VA, USA, in 2011. And he received his Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Engineering from George Mason University in 2017. He currently holds the position of Assistant Professor at James Madison University, VA, USA. His teaching interests are in Network Security and Privacy in IoT. His research interests are in hardware implementations of cryptographic functions and lightweight cryptography for IoT devices.

Current research: My research focus is on efficient implementations of cryptographic functions to secure different applications. One project I’m currently working on is secure data collection from remote sensor nodes using drones. Another is creating an interactive whiteboard to be put of office doors and allow for secure interactive communication and messaging.

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