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					Modular Rental Return System
Landon Chelf EKU, Dept. of Technology, CEN

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Inspiration for idea Mutation of concept to current form Why a modular return system Demonstration of results What’s next

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INTRODUCTION
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The lost (already returned) movie Return deadlines and fees The system doesn’t currently exist thus the dream to be the first to create and profit from it was born.

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PROBLEM STATEMENT
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The ability for instant notification to the customer that their item was received and the time it was received without employee interaction (i.e. the movie drop slot).

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ORIGINAL PROPOSED SOLUTION
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Outfit a regular return slot with a RFID reader and the media to be returned with RFID tags. Provide a receipt output at the return slot for the customer notification of return.

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FINAL SOLUTION
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Outfit a regular return slot with a RFID reader and the media to be returned with RFID tags. Create the ability to send a text message or email notification to the customer. No paper/printer involved.
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RESULTS
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The Modular Return System was born! A pluggable architecture that can integrate with virtually any customer database, input hardware (RFID, barcode, mag stripe, etc), and output notifications (Email, TXT Message, Receipt printer, LCD Display, etc).
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Pluggable Architecture
Printer Plug-in Email Notification Plug-in RFID Reader Plug-in Barcode Reader Plug-in

Output Interface

Input Interface

Plug-in System Hook Interface
Query/Update Library Database Query/Update Video Database

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CONCLUSIONS
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A new product that with some refinements I plan to release and market to major video rental companies. The Capstone Project created the motivational factor I’ve been needing to actually start and finish a project that I’ve thought of.
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FUTURE WORK
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Other related projects:
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Robotic return slot for truly automated inventory system. RFID secured computers, doors, cars, etc.

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Email: landon.chelf@gmail.com

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