Why optimization of routes is the great hope of the Smart Cities?

Black Friday, one of those sweet moments of the year for all eCommerce and for the whole chain of shipments later, the visits to the landing page soar and the conversion ratios are triggered like the cork of the cava of some trades celebrating the metrics. All that volume of packages has to reach our customers in some way, it is no longer enough to be happy to confirm the purchase, we must make sure that your experience is the best possible and everything starts because your purchase arrives on time to its destination.

A relatively short time ago it was quite simple to make the deals, but with the rise of online purchases and shipments in a few hours, the logistics sector, and specifically the last mile, is

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beginning to collapse. If the fact that delivery vehicles currently have to visit the same building more than once a day, we add the increase in fuel prices and the restrictions that are being imposed on the circulation of vehicles in urban centers, today more That intelligent route planning is never of crucial importance. Why?

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The blockchain revolution

Andreas Sumper, investigador de CITCEA UPC

Andreas Sumper, researcher at CITCEA UPC

With little fanfare, a new technology was invented in 2009 that is probably one of the most impressive of the century. A person known as Satoshi Nakamoto, the inventor of the Bitcoin whose name is quite possibly a pseudonym, was trying to resolve a very well-known problem concerning digital currencies. A digital currency is basically a digital code that is stored on a computer. How can we ensure that the same Bitcoin is not spent several times? The solution to the problem is simple, but also brilliant. Nakamoto proposed that all transactions should be public. If they are public, anybody can check whether a virtual coin has already been spent or not. To achieve this, Nakamoto came up with a system in which various transactions are put together in blocks and these blocks are written in a chain. In English, the chain of blocks is called a “blockchain”.

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