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Design Of An Automated Class Attendance Recording System
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Carel van Wyk 14543109

Project E448

Report submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the module Project (E) 448 for the degree Baccalaureus in Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch

Supervisor: H.R. Gerber

October 2008

Acknowledgements
I would like to express my sincere gratitude towards the technical and teaching staff of the E&E Department of the Stellenbosch University Engineering faculty. Without their professional and friendly assistance, this project would not have been realisable. I would like to thank the following people specifically: • Mr H.R. Gerber • Mr Ashley Cupido • Mr Ralph A. Dreyer • Mr Quintis Brandt • Mr Wessel Croukamp • Mr Charles S. Fredericks • Mr Johan Arendse

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Declaration
By submitting this report electronically, I declare that the entirety of the work contained therein is my own, original work, and that I am the owner of the copyright thereof (unless to the extend explicitly otherwise stated) and that I have not previously in its entirety or in part submitted it for obtaining any qualification.

Signature: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C.P.J. van Wyk

Date: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Copyright c 2008 Stellenbosch University All rights reserved.

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Abstract
The goal of this project is to design and develop a fully functional automated class attendance register system, including hardware, firmware and application software. The project makes use of RFID and Wifi technology, and basic research of RFID equipment was conducted. It was shown that an effective attendance register system can be implemented with the help of new and emerging technologies. ConnectOne’s iWifi module is used for Wifi communication. Python is used as far as possible in the development of application software. The application software will be integrated with H.R. Gerber’s MyStudies application and server. This report provides background information and an introduction to the project, a system level design overview and detailed design solutions. Tests and measurements are also provided in the final chapters.

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Uittreksel
Die doel van hierdie projek is om ’n volledige klasbywonings-register stelsel te ontwerp en te implimenteer. Dit sluit in die ontwerp van hardeware, ’middel’-ware en sagteware. Die projek maak gebruik van ’RFID’ tegnologie en ’Wifi’ draadlose kommunikasie. Die werking van ’RFID’ is oppervlakkig ondersoek. Daar word gewys dat ’n effektiewe klasbywonings-register stelsel met behulp van nuwe en opkomende tegnologie ontwikkel kan word. ConnectOne se ’iWifi’ module word gebruik vir draadlose kommunikasie. ’Python’ is so ver as moontlik gebruik in die skryf van sagteware. Die stelsel se sagteware sal met H.R. Gerber se ”MyStudies”program en bediener integreer. Hierdie verslag voorsien ’n agtergrond en inleiding tot die projek, so wel as ’n stelsel vlak oorsig en detail ontwerpsoplossings. Toetse en meetings word ook voorsien in latere hoofstukke.

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Contents
Declaration Abstract Uittreksel Contents List of Figures List of Tables Nomenclature 1 Introduction 1.1 Background . . . . . . . . . . . 1.2 Problem Definition . . . . . . . 1.3 Scope and Aims of Project . . . 1.4 Introduction to Other Chapters 2 System Analysis and Design 2.1 System and Design Overview 2.1.1 Technologies Utilised . 2.2 Study of RFID technology . . 2.2.1 General concept . . . . 2.2.2 Antenna . . . . . . . . 2.2.3 Modulation . . . . . . 2.2.4 Stellenbosch University 2.3 Design Constraints . . . . . . 2.4 Chapter 2 Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....
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