The Project and its Background
This chapter discusses the introduction, background of the study, objectives, significance of the study and scope and limitation of the study. Introduction
Automation plays an increasingly important role in the global economy and in daily experience. Engineers strive to combine automated devices with mathematical and organizational tools to create complex systems for a rapidly expanding range of applications and human activities. Many roles for humans in industrial processes presently lie beyond the scope of automation. Human-level pattern recognition, language recognition, and language production ability are well beyond the capabilities of modern mechanical and computer systems. Tasks requiring subjective assessment or synthesis of complex sensory data, such as scents and sounds, as well as high-level tasks such as strategic planning, currently require human expertise. In many cases, the use of human power is more cost-effective than mechanical approaches even where automation of industrial tasks is possible. In our generation so many things are different. The advent of technology has changed the way we live, work and spends leisure time. Computer was considered the lifeblood of society; they are everywhere. And the advancement in discoveries, both in hardware and software, keep coming, day in and day out. Technology changes and improves at a rapid pace and companies and institutions have cope with it. This is because as the latest knowledge of development in computer technology grows people’s standard increase. They seek and crave for better and more efficient ways to accomplish tedious task. At the present time, people behind large and small companies adopt modern technology in order to survive and compete with markets demands. Also, through the use of this technology, different transactions and processing systems have become computerized for greater ease and accuracy. Likewise, through technology, information is easily obtained hence, people tend to rely less in manual operations.. Background of the Study
Barangay Ilijan was the third barangay in Batangas which has a vast land area of 1007.32 hectares Although it is located near the sea, plants and trees are growing well. The barangay is composed of seven Sitios; Sitio Silangan 1, Silangan 2, Hulong Silangan, Bayanan, Hulong Bayanan, Goot and Lilinggiwan. It has a total population of 3,380. This place is known for its Power Plant KEPCO Ilijan Corporation which is located at Silangan 1, since 1997. There are lots of projects engaged in by the people of Barangay Ilijan, specially the Waterworks. Ilijan Community Development Foundations Inc. (ICDFI) is a non-stock, non profit and non-governmental organization carrying out sustainable development programs in Barangay Ilijan and nearby coastal communities in Batangas City. It was launched through a people’s assembly and was incorporated since December 11, 2001. They launched different activities that will help the residence of the said barangay. The Ilijan Waterworks Association started its operation last August 2004 with the coordination and communication of the Barangay and the ICDF. Through the determination and effort of Mario Bool (General Manager), Nelda Godez (Secretary/Cashier), Norberto Landicho (Meter Reader), and Larry Balmes (Maintenance), the requirement was met. The other nine members who contributed their effort were Remo Magadia (President), Cely Leycano (Vice President), Facundo Acuña (Secretary), Benad Manguerra (Treasurer), Vivian Balmes, Mario Balmes, Lilia Lagrisola, Pedro Silang and Tony Bagsit. The researchers also want to give their contribution through their study, Automated Water Billing System which is designed to provide and develop a billing and collection mechanism of water billing utility company. The project aims further to apply information technology in Ilijan Waterworks Association through the design and development of their billing system. The...