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Application Of Rfid Technology In A Senior Design Course

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition

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Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

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June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007

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2153-5965

Conference Session

Emerging Technologies in Manufacturing Education - I

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Manufacturing

Page Count

22

Page Numbers

12.247.1 - 12.247.22

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https://peer.asee.org/2914

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Ahmed Khan DeVry University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-5330-5380

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Beverly Cronin DeVry University

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Beverly C. Cronin holds B.A from Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana, a B.S in Music Engineering/Audio Recording Systems from the California Recording Institute, San Francisco, CA, and a B.S.E.E.T. from DeVry University, Addison (October 2006). She has five years work experience in the field of Union affiliated audio engineering in Hollywood, California with specialization in complex electrical systems including integrated technologies to create solutions in vast performance environments including work on movie and television sets, live concert mixing and acoustic design, post-production. Hobbies include playing in the first violin section of the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra and an active member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), Tau Alpha Pi (national honor society for engineering technology), and AES (Audio Engineering Society).

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Maneesh Kumar DeVry University

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Maneesh Kumar is a control systems programmer at United Visual, Inc. He holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering Technology from DeVry University, Addison (October 2006), along with C-Tech Fiber/Copper Cabling, CompTia A+, CompTia Network+, and CompTia I-Net+ certifications. He is a member of IEEE.

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Aateef Mustafa DeVry University

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Aateef Mustafa holds a B.S. in Electronics Engineering Technology (EET) from DeVry University (October 2006). His Current employment duties include designing the air computer keypads for racing cars. He is a member of IEEE. His research interest is in the area of hardware design. His hobbies include playing and watching all sports. He is an all-rounder master in cricket and play’s for ACC league.

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Pankti Patel DeVry Univeristy

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Pankti Patel holds a B.S. in Instrumentation (technical degree) from M. S. University, Vadodara (Baroda), India. Presently she is pursuing a B.S degree in Electronics Engineering Technology (EET) at DeVry University, Addison, Illinois (expected graduation: June 2007). Her research interest is in field of electronics and communications systems. She is a member of IEEE.

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Joey Socorro DeVry University

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Joey M. Socorro holds a B.S. in Electronics Engineering Technology (EET) from DeVry University (March 2007), Addison, Illinois. He has an Associate of Science Degree in electronics. He has over ten years of experience in electronic industry. Joey is also a member of IEEE.

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Application of RFID Technology in a Senior Design Course

Abstract

This paper describes the design and implementation of a senior project based on RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology. The objective of the project, titled “Real Space Physical Object Tracking System (RSPOTS), was to design a complete RFID system that can physically locate an individual object from anywhere in the world via a secured Internet connection. By incorporating two or more customized RFID readers with location tracking capabilities (with an optional motorized camera system), any tagged object can be traced in a given location with the help of a network connection. The project uses a secured web site to display a 3-D (three dimensional) model of a given location, where a representation of the object is placed to represent its actual location. The paper also discusses the advantages and applications of RSPOTS. The major advantage of RSPOTS is that it can record and keep track of valuable products and visualize their movement over time with a motion-trail like display. A potential application of this system is efficient inventory control. Combined with a standard inventory system, RSPOTS can serve as an efficient tool to minimize yearly inventory variations and required adjustments for corporations, thus helping increase profits by curbing inventory losses. Furthermore, the paper explores the characteristics of “constructivist” and “deep learning” teaching/learning methodologies, inherent in teamwork, that allow students to gain new insights and competencies for enhancing their problem-solving and analytical thinking skills.

I. Introduction

RFID is an electronic method of exchanging data using radio frequency (RF) signals. A typical RFID system consists of four elements: the RFID tags (transponders), the RFID reader, the antennas and choice of radio characteristics, and the computer network (if any) used to connect the readers. The RFID tag, the basic building block of the system, contains a microchip with an antenna. The microchip contains a radio receiver, a radio modulator for sending a response back to reader, control logic, memory, and power system. The tag can be powered by incoming RF signals (passive tag) or by an internal battery (active tag). The RFID reader also has its own antenna that transmits a pulse of electromagnetic energy to the tag and listens for tag’s response. The tag detects this energy and sends back a response that contains tag’s serial number and other required information. The RFID physical layer consists of actual radios and antennas that couple the reader to the tag. Most RFID systems use the unlicensed electromagnetic spectrum.1-2

RFID technology has been gaining momentum in recent years and is presently used in a number of applications, such as security systems, product tracking, production-line management, inventory control, product tracking, animal tracking, keyless entry, automatic toll debiting, and smart credit/debit cards.

Khan, A., & Cronin, B., & Kumar, M., & Mustafa, A., & Patel, P., & Socorro, J. (2007, June), Application Of Rfid Technology In A Senior Design Course Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. https://peer.asee.org/2914

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