Electrical Engineering Department
BS in Electrical Engineering
The system uses a low frequency Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) reader and passive RFID tags to help the Safe Routes to School program at Hawthorne Elementary in San Luis Obispo track the number of children who participate in the program. Children will carry passive RFID tags and scan them at the reader each morning that they walk or bike to school. The system tracks the total number of students that walk and bike each day, as well as the number of times each individual child participates over the course of many days. The Safe Routes program hopes to use this data to apply for funding from the national Safe Routes to School program in order to improve route safety, promote walking and biking, and offer incentives for participating in the Safe Routes program at Hawthorne. The system successfully tracked students on two separate testing days, and after feedback was revised to include the ability to track students who carpool or bus to school. The Safe Routes program hopes to use the system for data collection starting in the 2012-13 school year.