Design and Implementation of a Software-based Luggage Billing System for an Airline

ABSTRACT

Instruments used for weighing are found in many organizations at the sea and airports for weighing of the luggages, at the post office of Sosoliso airline for weighing and billing determination of items. Normally these organizations make use of ordinary bulky scales in analog form. The problems with these techniques are; the bill of a read weight of item and inefficiency. The aim of this project is therefore to design, develop and implement a viable software system that may be modified to read analog signals translated by Analog-Digital-converter (ADC). The designed system accepts unit weight of items and rate (depends on the distance), computes bills and generates a comprehensive air-bill for parcel/luggage section of Sosoliso airline. The system is expected to be very fast in computation precise in bill determination, flexible, easy to read and has storage facilities. It is intelligent and therefore can be easily adjusted and adapted to suit other applications not incorporated in this design by hardware expansion and software modification. A through description of the hardware design and requirement of an automated luggage weighing device which may implement the developed software system has been given as a stand point for further research.

ORGANIZATION OF THE WORK

The incorporation of intelligence in device previously thought to be dumb has opened up new possibilities in man-machine interaction.

Chapter 1and 2 of this work gave the introduction where the statement of the problems purpose of the study significant of the study, scope or delimitation of the study and the review of literatures respectively.

Chapter 3 deals with the description and of analysis of the existing system, highlighting how information flow, problems and objective.

The design of the new system is discussed in chapter. This discusses fully the software luggage billing system. It highlights the output and input specification and their design it also depicts the general flow of information with system and procedure flowcharts.

Chapter 5 is the implementation stage where a pictorial overview of the developed software system has been given in a program flowchart. The menus and sub-menus have been highlighted while the modules have been identified and their function explained. The integration of the developed software with the hardware is described and tested accordingly.

Having know the problems which users do encounter in trying to use a newly developed system.

Chapter 6 has given steps and procedures which can be easily followed to enable efficient and effective use of the system.

The last chapter has recommended this work to the organizations which may find it appropriate in luggage billing objects having listed its advantages over the traditional method. This is also the concluding chapter of the work.

TABLE OF CONTENT

Title Page

Organizational the Work

Table of Content

Abstract

CHAPTER ONE

1.0 INTRODUCTION

1.1 Statement of the Problems

1.2 Purpose of the Study

1.3 Significant of the Study

1.4 Scope or Delimitation of the Study

1.5 Limitation and Constraints

1.6 Assumption

1.7 Definition of the Terms

CHAPTER TWO

2.0 LITERATURE REVIEW

CHAPTER THREE

3.0 DESCRIPTION & ANALYSIS OF THE EXISTING SYSTEM

3.1 Fact Finding Method Used

3.2 Structure Administration

3.3 Organizational Structure

3.4 Objective of Existing System

3.5 Input, Process, Output Analysis

3.6 Information Flow Diagram

3.7 Problems of the Existing System

3.8 Justification for the New System

CHAPTER FOUR

4.0 DESIGN OF THE NEW SYSTEM

4.1 Output Specification and Design

4.2 Input Specification and Design

4.3 Procedure Chart

4.4 System Flow Chart

4.5 The Software Design

4.6 System Requirement

CHAPTER FIVE

5.0 IMPLEMENTATION

5.1 Program Design

5.2 Program Flow Chart

5.3 Program Source Code

5.4 Test Ran

CHAPTER SIX

6.0 DOCUMENTATION

CHAPTER SEVEN

7.0 CONCLUSION & RECOMMENDATION

7.1 Recommendation

7.2 Conclusion

Appendix

References

CHAPTER ONE

1.0 INTRODUCTION

We all know that micro-processor have became one of the must widely used technology in the field of computing information processing and management real-time processing, telecommunication e.t.c. Briefly, some of the most impressive change which the microprocessor revolution has liquifies are:

Ø Low cost of computing machinery and micro-processor based device

Ø Tremendous improvement in the system reliability and some times reduction in the size of such systems.

Ø The accuracy and consistency of such system when properly programmed requires no over emphasis.

Ø Increased speed of computation leading to higher through put.

These important attributes possessed have led to their wide application in so many area of life from computer system, home appliance to serious industrial and other office machineries. An automated luggage billing device is an instrument, which is used in determining the weight of object placed on its load cell. This device may be constructed in such a way that it could be connected to a computer system for direct weight transmission and the whole system may become computerized using an effective software system. The system consists of a strain-guage transducer on which the luggage is placed. The gauge voltage is proportional to weight placed on it. The voltage is fed directly to an ADC means (Analog-Digital converter) which in turn converts the signals to corresponding binary code and presents it via register. The binary coded data is usually received by the decoder/demultiplex as signals from the input lives of the internal expansion.

Having known how an automated billing device works, a computer software-based luggage billing system for parcel and luggage section of Sosoliso airline is a software which may implement such device. It has been designed to accept weight of the luggage, the distance (km) between location and destination in order to produce a comprehensive bill which could be stored and manipulated according to users choice.

1.1 THE STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM

Here I am trying to identify the problems in carrying out the study. Some of the questions to be asked are as follows:

Ø What are the factors militating against the effective software based luggage billing system in an air line?

Ø To what extent is it effective?

Ø Should software based luggage billing system in an air line be encouraged?

The research project could be able to answer these questions at the end through the careful explanation and presentation in line with standardized statistical concept as to achieve the desired inference.

1.2 PURPOSE OF THE STUDY

The main purpose of this work is to design-develop and implement a viable software system which will be adopted in any organization that handles any luggage weighing objects and consequently requires the bill of such weight luggages.

1.3 SIGNIFICANT OF THE STUDY

The knowledge of software based luggage billing system in an air line enables the computer and software-based luggage billing department to know the type of luggage, contents, check the security of the luggage, number of luggage, owner of the luggage etc. The study will help to determine whether the company meets its target & service level in luggage billing system. Specifically the study will be remarkable in that it will help in:

Ø Checking exact content of the luggage so as to avoid transportation of dangerous and bad goods.

Ø Extending a small (domestic) air line to a very large air-line to a very large air-line (international)

Ø Having a good luggage checking for a good turn over and operation; and

Ø Making an important contribution to the over all success in an air-line.

1.4 SCOPE OF DELIMITATION OF STUDY

This work is mainly concerned will the software development that implement an automated luggage billing device. It lists the necessary components and specifications and describes thoroughly the construction and integration o the device with the developed software system.