Blockchain-based mobility-as-a-service

In this paper, we present a vision for a blockchain-based Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) as an application of edge computing. In current MaaS systems, a central MaaS operator plays a crucial role serving an intermediate layer which manages and controls the connections between transportation providers and passengers with several other features. Since the willingness of public and private transportation providers to connect to this layer is essential in the current realization of MaaS, in our vision, to eliminate this layer, a novel blockchain-based MaaS is proposed. The solution also improves trust and transparency for all stakeholders as well as eliminates the need to make commercial agreements with separate MaaS agents. From a technical perspective, the power of computing and resources are distributed to different transportation providers at the edge of the network providing trust in a decentralised way. The blockchain-based MaaS has the potential to emerge as the main component for a smart city transportation offering efficiency and reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

Authors:
Nguyen Tri Hong, Partala Juha, Pirttikangas Susanna

Publication type:
A4 Article in conference proceedings

Place of publication:
28th International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks, ICCCN 2019, 29 July – 1 Aug 2019 Valencia, Spain

Keywords:
blockchain, Blockchain-based MaaS, Edge of things, Intelligent transport systems, MaaS, Mobility-as-a-Service, Security, Smart contract

Published:
1 August 2019

Full citation:
T. H. Nguyen, J. Partala and S. Pirttikangas, “Blockchain-Based Mobility-as-a-Service,” 2019 28th International Conference on Computer Communication and Networks (ICCCN), Valencia, Spain, 2019, pp. 1-6. doi: 10.1109/ICCCN.2019.8847027

DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1109/ICCCN.2019.8847027

Read the publication here:
http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2019121748439