Three students from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology have developed a new passenger occupancy detection system for commercial vehicle owners in Ghana.
This system is to help vehicle owners calculate how much their drivers are making on a daily basis. The inventors of the system believe this is a sure way to help end driver-vehicle owner mistrusts, which sometimes ends up in quarrels and brawls.
The three Computer Engineering students explained why they thought it was a good idea to develop the passenger occupancy detection system. Jamal Issah explained:
“When it comes to passenger occupancy problems, we look at it from three sides: the passenger is concerned about the money he’s paying, the driver is concerned about meeting targets and the owner is thinking about amount his vehicle is making and whether is the correct amount.”
The group, Jamal and his two colleagues, Hassan Maazu and Alfred Adjei, was supervised by Benjamin Kommey. Together, they searched and tried solutions for the problem.
How the passenger occupancy detection system works
The system is not only software based. It includes some physical elements like capacitive aluminium foils. The capacitive foils are fixed on the seats so data is sent to the central system when someone sits.
The information is in turn relayed to the end-user via an Android app. “So your driver can’t lie to you,” Hassan Maazu assured.
The passenger occupancy detection system is able to analyse and estimate occupied seats and the amount made within the day, accordingly. Also, from the app, there is a map which shows the location of the vehicle.
Alfred Adjei said, “The owner opens the application to a sign in page which sends him to the main homepage which [is] a map. You use the search to search with aid of the red marker. You can, therefore, see the number plate, distance travelled, the number of seats occupied at a particular time, and the amount of money made at a particular time.”
The accuracy of the new passenger occupancy detection system is pegged around 89%, the inventors claimed. They said the next plan is to use the system to plan optimal fleet size so commercial vehicle owners can decide if they need more vehicles.