Current Student Projects - Fall 2007

1. RFID in Manufacturing -- Several manufacturing have started to adopt RFID in their shop floors, inventory management, warehouse management, parts tracking, Work-in-Process, etc. This project will pick one manufacturing sector and evaluate the impact that RFID has had to date and discuss the possibilities of RFID in that space in the future. - Rob Glidden

2. Port security - Tracking Containers -- Ports these days are trying the move containers through the port as quickly as possible. On the other hand, national security wants to keep the borders secure so ideally, every container should be checked, thereby decreasing efficiency. These two requirements can possibly be met with RFID. Investigation concerning how RFID attached to containers can be applied to port security that can help track information about the container as well as other important information such as whether the container has been tampered with or where the container stopped on its way to the port. Also, how RFID in conjunction with other technologies such as detection devices and GPS can help with efficiency and port security will be included in this project. - Louis Tsai

3. RFID Technology Incorporating NFC and other Wireless Connections in Cell Phones -- The "Mobile Suica" is a merge of the smart card and cell phone, and it has been successfully introduced in the JR-East Railway in Oct, 2006. In this project, the further potential applications and features of merging RFID technology and cell phones will be investigated. Not only the advantages of cell phone, like displaying the cash balance and payment history will be discussed, but more possibilities of merging NFC technology and other wireless connections of the cell phone, such as Bluetooth, will also be investigated. - Alec Quan

4. RFID in Emergency Rooms -- More often than not, patients spend more time waiting in emergency rooms than they actually spend receiving treatment. As emergency rooms become more crowded, wasted time can easily become fatal for some patients. This project will explore the possible benefits of attempting to streamline the process by incorporating RFID into all aspects of a hospital emergency room. - Jason Choi

5. Self Check-In Hotels Using RFID Technology -- The purpose of this research is to design an RFID system that would allow hotels to establish a "club"-type membership where each member's card would be an RFID card. The member could book their reservation online using their membership number like standard hotel rewards programs. When the member arrives at the hotel, they walk straight to a designated floor(s) where they can choose any available room for their stay. The member would wave their membership card in front of the door lock mechanism, which would be equipped with an RFID reader. The reader would recognize the guest and verify their reservation. The door would unlock and would be programmed to only unlock for the member's card for the length of their reservation. This research will involve what kind of RFID cards to use, the requirements of the card reader and its implementation into existing hotels, the hotels network requirements, security and other issues, and benefits of implementing the RFID technology. - David Miller

6. RFID Door Lock -- Many different updated forms of door locks have been introduced to the market, even RFID door locks, but all of them really provide any substantial convenience over the conventional key. This project will be the production in prototype form of such a door lock, which will improve convenience above the existing types of door locks on the market, at the same time still providing the security of a conventional door lock. The produced door lock will require the user to simply have the key on the user, and with a touch of the door lock, the door lock will verify the key's presence on the person by RFID, and automatically unlock the door. Then the user simply opens the door. - Chris Huang

7. Traffic Management with Mobile RFID Readers -- The objective is to equip internet-ready cell phones with mobile RFID readers in order to suppress highway traffic. The participating cell phones will then relay their respective vehicle's speed and position to a far removed database via an internet connection. The middle ware associated with this database will then process the information and decide when to send traffic alerts to participating cell phones via SMS technology. - Samuel M. Sandoval

8. Wireless Wrist-Wearable RFID-Enabled Remote Heart Monitoring -- A convenient RFID-Enabled remote heart monitoring solution would save lives and provide at-risk people peace of mind. This project will examine the RFID hardware and software necessary to facilitate such a system. - Siddhartha Mal

9. RFID in hospitals -- RFID has already been implemented in some hospital systems that simplify processes such as patient identification, medication logging, equipment location, and information acquisition. There are, however, many deeper applications that RFID technology will allow for. Several "smart" hospital schemes have been proposed that incorporate RFID technology in order to make patient care as efficient and risk-free as possible. In this project, a scheme will be developed that specifically focuses on a system of personnel allocation enabled by RFID and how such a system will improve and benefit the operation of a hospital. - Joseph Chao

10. State-of-the-art in RFID/Wireless/Sensors for Remote Care -- As the baby-boomer generation ages, the need for remote health care increases. Moving services and monitoring traditionally provided within hospitals into the home can provide both convince and comfort to the patient and reduce cost and crowding in hospitals. RFID, wireless and sensors are integral parts of the development of remote care technologies. This study will present the ways in which RFID is currently used in remote care. This study will also review research literature to examine the ways RFID can be integrated in the future. - Catherine Kerrigan

11. RFID in the Manufacturing Environment - tracking unique parts in assembly -- An excessive amount of time is spent by production engineers, assemblers and material handlers to locate and track the Bill of Materials (BOM) of incoming prototype parts with new part numbers that are not in the Materials Resource Planning (MRP) system. For example, without reference to the new part number in MRP, prototype parts can be sent to the wrong assembly line or mixed with incoming production parts. It is then difficult for prototype parts to be identified and/or located. In addition, verifying a complete BOM before the build will avert a project show stopper or an assembly line stoppage. RFID tags on incoming prototype parts for special projects or mule builds would ensure timely delivery and tracking of the BOM for prototype projects.
RFID tags used for incoming prototype parts will contain the needed information to route the part to the proper assembly line, attention the proper individual. Once in the assembly queue, an automated tracking system will verify the BOM before launch. Up-front costs would include equipping receiving areas with readers, and stocking reusable tags to eliminate recurring costs. An automated system will be used to alert receiving as an out-of-the-ordinary part arrives and to sort parts for delivery. The cost will be assessed against the savings in man-hours for an ROI estimate. Expansion to other applications will be forecasted for future project consideration. - Eileen Burstein

12. Sensor Mapping Platform based on Cellular Phone Networks -- During the preliminary part of the project, already available or documented services and research projects were closely studied, and it was found that many services currently make available location finding applications for cellular phones. These programs and services could be integrated into a platform which would make available a map created by sensors attached to mobile devices. The platform will be designed to be compatible with many acquisition sensors. These maps will show the network of sensor data superimposed onto a map for simpler visualization. The pilot, to show the capabilities of such a platform, will involve a sound or decibel meter attached to a cellular device. Benefits of such an application are further discussed in the paper, but they include city planning solutions, real estate assistance, and gunshot sensing. - Kirby Chiang

13. RFID Encryption Performance Verify -- Encrypted confidential data might cause the effectiveness accuracy rate for writing data into tag. But encryption for RFID confidential data is necessary for industrial, including healthcare, supply chain, etc. The project is to verify the performance of encrypted data during transmitting, and also help industry to find the balance between efficiency and security. Encryption methods which are used in the project will be introduced, and the designed interface of verifying program will be illustrated. DES and Rijndael (AES) are two symmetric encryption methods used in the project. Different key lengths of these two encryption methods are the difference which the project needs to use for generating different encrypted data length. Multi-functions interface is designed to help user to verify the performance easily. Not only automatically executing the verifying cycles repeatedly but also generate the test report instantly which include tag information, accuracy rate, average execution time and data information. - Chih-Cheng Ou Yang