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IoT-based automated and contactless shopping cart during pandemic diseases outbreak

Ho, Yun Faang and Yaakob, Naimah and Elshaikh, Mohamed Elobaid and Sidek, Khairul Azami and Ong, Bi Lynn and Almashor, Mahathir (2021) IoT-based automated and contactless shopping cart during pandemic diseases outbreak. In: 1st International Conference on Engineering and Technology, ICoEngTech 2021, Virtual.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an alarming disease outbreak that has affected more than 180 countries worldwide. It has caused close to 2.5 million deaths and has infected 114 million of the global population as of February 2021. This unprecedented pandemic, has caused severe socio-economic problems globally, catching many sectors off-guard and in a state of suspended uncertainty. While vaccines are just starting to circulate, there is still a need to practice new social norms, including social distancing during daily activities such as supermarket shopping. As such, contactless technology is critically needed and preferable to minimize physical contact and mitigate virus spread. In this paper, an automated shopping cart is proposed as a potential solution to avoid item scanning at cashiers and long queues at payment counters. This innovation leads to reduced risk of exposure to COVID-19. This is done by integrating a typical shopping trolley with Internet of Things (IoT) technology. A radio frequency identification (RFID) tag is attached to every product and automatically read whenever they are placed in a shopping cart. Payment and weighing processes can be conducted at the trolley itself which reduces direct and prolonged contact with both cashiers and other patrons, and at both checkout queues and weighing counters. This proves to be a critical way to break transmission chains.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Plenary Papers)
Additional Information: 4698/92326
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering > TK7800 Electronics. Computer engineering. Computer hardware. Photoelectronic devices > TK7885 Computer engineering
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Engineering
Kulliyyah of Engineering > Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Depositing User: Assoc Prof Dr Khairul Azami Sidek
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2021 15:26
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 15:26
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/92326

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