Washington, District of Columbia
April 6, 2018
April 6, 2018
April 7, 2018
In the United States, one of the largest costs of the Postal Service is the transportation fuel cost. For example, the USPS reported that the fuel cost of operating its fleet was 559.9 million dollars in 2013. A major cost of transportation for the US postal services is collecting mail from blue collection boxes across the country, with their numbers steadily declining over the years, in order to save on fuel costs. This cost could be significantly curtailed if boxes that contain mail at collection times can be identified.
This project provides the detailed study and implementation of a smart mail detection and alerting system. The system detects if any mail is placed in the blue collection box and sends an alert to the local post office indicating whether the box is nonempty. A sensing system consisting of an IR motion sensor and an Arduino UNO transmitter will collect and send information to the base station. The base station consists of a ZigBee receiver that can collect data from the IR motion sensor and submit to a sink base station when an alerting system using a graphical user interface will be implemented to inform the postal office about the status of each collection box.
Haghani, S., & Nukuro, D. T., & Biru, Z. G. (2018, April), The Design and Implementation of an Intelligent Letter Box Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Mid-Atlantic Section Spring Conference, Washington, District of Columbia. https://peer.asee.org/29495
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