Vinsamlegast notið þetta auðkenni þegar þið vitnið til verksins eða tengið í það: http://hdl.handle.net/1946/31895
This thesis describes the design and prototype of an automated tool (or any other inventory for that matter) dispensing system. The system should allow users to borrow an inventory item and later return it while keeping track of the user and the time the inventory was used.
The system could be useful in any scenario where controlled usage of any kind of inventory takes place (most notably tools). The system could replace warehouse clerks while being more cost effective, faster and less error prone.
The system is composed of three main subsystems:
• Backend - software module built around a database that stores all the required information (users, inventory, transactions etc). The backend exposes web service for communication with other subsystems.
• User interface unit - kiosk for interaction with users, equipped with two types of radio frequency scanners and a monitor.
• Tool dispenser - inventory storage unit. Controlled by User Interface Unit through Controller Area Network communication bus.
Each subsystem is also built from smaller components allowing for modularity, parts of the system should be easily replaceable (for example Controller Area Network could be replaced with arbitrary network, Radio Frequency Identification could be replaced with any other ID input device, like barcode scanner etc.).
A working prototype was built. Prototype has limited capacity (only two items) but works as expected. Items are released to designated users, device than allows return of the item while logging usage time.