P16414: Toilet Use Sensor


Project Summary Project Information

The Arborloo latrine is a portable restroom facility which provides a desirable solution for the deposit and sanitary decomposition of human waste products, which can then be used as fertilizer for a fruit tree. The Arborloo design has been completed and is ready for field testing, but currently relies on self-reporting data which has been found to be unreliable. Also, the potential environmental impact of the human waste, currently, has no way of being assessed.

The goals of this project are to design an inconspicuous module which records the number of actual use events as well as periodically measuring and recording the pit conditions for later retrieval. Monitored conditions include humidity, temperature, PH, and oxygen levels. The expected end result is an operational prototype which can be replicated and installed in a number of latrines. The module needs to satisfy size, power usage, manufacturing and operational cost, ease of installation and use, and accuracy constrains to provide a practical solution for the stakeholders.

Project Name
Toilet Use Sensor
Project Number
Start Term
Spring 2016
End Term
Fall 2016
Faculty Guide
Ed Hanzlik
Primary Customer
Sarah Brownell
Sponsor (financial support)

Team Members

MSD P16414 Team Photo

MSD P16414 Team Photo

Member Major Role Contact
Kendall Menges EE Project Manager klm6304@rit.edu
Saul Fernandez ME Customer Liaison saf3930@g.rit.edu
Necip Eren Posaci ISE Purchasing Manager nep1808@rit.edu
Kiera de Boer EE EDGE Manager kcd8869@g.rit.edu
Quinn Davis EE Design Engineer qmd7528@rit.edu

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Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Subsystem Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test with Customer Demo

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation