Collaborative consumption is becoming increasingly popular worldwide because technology is allowing the Internet of Things to become a reality. Some of the key benefits of this strategy are a reduced environmental impact and a more independent and flexible community. The degree of collaboration between sources and users is important for categorizing different types of collaborative consumption. There are three main categories for collaborative consumption: consumer-to-consumer (C2C), consumer-to-organization (C2O), and organization-to-consumer (O2C). Collaborative consumption is a staple in today’s world as the Internet and mobile phone applications make this type of business model easily accessible. Famous collaborative consumption services include several aspects of life: hospitality (AirBnB), transportation (Uber, Lyft), and advertising (Craigslist). At Washington University in St. Louis, one aspecct of daily life that could undoubtedly benefit from this business model is local transportation.

Wireless Sensor networks areĀ ad hoc wireless networks consisting of densely distributed autonomous sensors. By cooperatively communicating to a gateway sensor node using wireless communication, they are capable of monitoring various conditions of a location. Due to the nature of wireless sensor networks, they usually use passive sensors with limited power supplies. Today, there are applications of wireless sensor networks in many fields such as mobile asset management, building automation, and environmental monitoring. Combining a wireless sensor network with collaborative consumption is a viable solution to many problems that a shared economy poses.

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B.S. Candidate in Electrical Engineering 2017

Rui Huang is a senior in the Dual Degree Program at Washington University in St. Louis studying electrical engineering. After earning a degree at Maryville University, this is his last semester at Washington University in St. Louis. The knowledge he has gained through his experience at Washington University in classes such as computer science and wireless communication is integral to the success of this project.

B.S. Candidate in Electrical Engineering and B.A. Candidate in Physics

Taryn Young is a senior in the Dual Degree Program at Washington University in St. Louis studying electrical engineering. She studied physics with a mathematics minor at her previous school, Eckerd College. Taryn has taken courses in robotics and communications theory, which should aid in the completion of this project.