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9 Package Anti-Theft System
John Graft
John Simonaitis
Joseph Bianco
Zipeng Wang design_review
final_paper
other
other
proposal
The basic idea of our project would be an anti-theft system for protecting packages from Amazon and other online retailers from being stolen. Instead of being based on locking up the package in a box, which is expensive and hard to use, we would use a weight and alarm based deterrence system, that detects if a package has been taken by the removal of weight and sets off a very loud alarm scaring away thieves, similar to a car alarm. In order to take the package, it would have to be "unlocked" by either a phone or pin code. Included in this project would be developing a durable chassis to protect the package, weight and lift sensors with corresponding code, a solar cell/battery system to make it very easy to use (similar to a calculator that doesn't need a charger, wifi capabilities, and an app that tells if your package has arrived or been stolen, and to shut off the alarm.

The partners would me (John Simonaitis, simonts2), Joe Bianco (jbianco2), and John Graft (graft2).

Wireless IntraNetwork

Daniel Gardner, Jeeth Suresh

Wireless IntraNetwork

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There is a drastic lack of networking infrastructure in unstable or remote areas, where businesses don’t think they can reliably recoup the large initial cost of construction. Our goal is to bring the internet to these areas. We will use a network of extremely affordable (<$20, made possible by IoT technology) solar-powered nodes that communicate via Wi-Fi with one another and personal devices, donated through organizations such as OLPC, creating an intranet. Each node covers an area approximately 600-800ft in every direction with 4MB/s access and 16GB of cached data, saving valuable bandwidth. Internal communication applications will be provided, minimizing expensive and slow global internet connections. Several solutions exist, but all have failed due to costs of over $200/node or the lack of networking capability.

To connect to the internet at large, a more powerful “server” may be added. This server hooks into the network like other nodes, but contains a cellular connection to connect to the global internet. Any device on the network will be able to access the web via the server’s connection, effectively spreading the cost of a single cellular data plan (which is too expensive for individuals in rural areas). The server also contains a continually-updated several-terabyte cache of educational data and programs, such as Wikipedia and Project Gutenberg. This data gives students and educators high-speed access to resources. Working in harmony, these two components foster economic growth and education, while significantly reducing the costs of adding future infrastructure.