Blockchain Designs for Secure and Efficient Highway Freight Management (C32.2022)

Existing freight management systems lack a single source of truth, and an effective and fair approach to enhancing sharing of various traffic and operational information across public and private stakeholders in the industry, to ensure the optimal transportation efficiency. To address these limitations, this project proposes a novel Blockchain-based freight data sharing and smart contract framework to promote data connectivity and information sharing in the freight industry in a transparent, secure, and efficient fashion. Specifically, we propose a sharding-based hierarchical Blockchain structure which randomly partitions Blockchain participants (e.g., trusted authority, truck drivers, and road-side units) into multiple smaller groups called shared for data exchanges and transactions to ensure security and computational efficiency. An innovative data sharing mechanism will also be designed to facilitate both sides of data requesters and contributors with computational efficiency. The proposed framework design will be implemented in the traffic network simulator SUMO and compared with other data sharing mechanisms in the freight industry for performance improvements in terms of data utility, delivery revenue and time expenses. Successful implementation and demonstration of the proposed solutions will vastly advance the adoption of Blockchain-based data management systems in transportation related industries and lift the security and privacy protection of data exchange among multiple stakeholders to the next level. The close collaboration of the research team with the industrial partners and Connecticut Transportation Institute (CTI) will have the potential to develop a publicly available physical testbed, effective dissemination of research results among practitioners, and initiation of technology transfer.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $501115
  • Contract Numbers:

    69A3551847101

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    University of Connecticut, Storrs

    Connecticut Transportation Institute
    179 Middle Turnpike
    Storrs, CT  United States  06269-5202
  • Managing Organizations:

    Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center

    University of Maine
    Orono, ME  United States  04469

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Dunn, Denise

  • Performing Organizations:

    Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center

    University of Maine
    Orono, ME  United States  04469

    University of Connecticut, Storrs

    Connecticut Transportation Institute
    179 Middle Turnpike
    Storrs, CT  United States  06269-5202
  • Principal Investigators:

    Zhu, Jin

    Wang, Bing

    He, Suining

    Han, Song

  • Start Date: 20220701
  • Expected Completion Date: 20240630
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01851450
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551847101
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jul 15 2022 3:43PM