SUSU Student Develops a Global Vehicle Monitoring System

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Nikita Aldokhin, a student at the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, South Ural State University, and his scientific advisor, Igor Kaftannikov, are developing a global vehicle monitoring system using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and the Internet of things (IoT). The student says, this system can compete with satellite navigation or be an addition to it, since it transfers data more accurately.

It works quite simply: a special RFID label is glued to the car, and the reader at a stationary object sends data to the automated system that the transport has arrived at a certain stop or at a warehouse checkpoint, or has passed a certain section of the road. There is a lot of transport, and there are fewer objects to read. Thus, it reduces resource consumption.

“To launch both my monitoring system and satellite navigation some financial investments are required. For example, for urban transport in Chelyabinsk, these investments are approximately equal but my monitoring system has a lower cost of maintenance during operation. A reduction in price is also planned. RFID wins when the error of the satellite tracker does not allow accurate determining the passage of a certain point of the way by transport”, Nikita says.

“And in general, this system in conjunction with a satellite can improve the quality of the report along the route. The satellite will determine the path between the two points, and the RFID system will accurately record the fact of arrival and departure from a certain point on the route.”

The project was awarded at the all-Russian competition of scientific projects UMNIK, Nikita received a grant of 500 thousand rubles. He plans to develop the project and create a workable hardware and software complex that will allow getting information about the vehicle’s location online.