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Computing Major Participates in Annual Undergraduate Research Day at Capitol

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Posted: Monday May 19, 2014

May 19, 2014

Matthew B. Fickley, who graduated from Saint Vincent College with a bachelor of science degree in computing and information science on May 10, participated in the 11th annual Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol in Harrisburg recently.

Fickley was accompanied at the event by Dr. Cynthia Martincic, chairperson of the computing and information science department in the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing.

He presented the results of his senior research project, “Wi-Fi Enabled Doorbell,” to many visitors including State Senator Matt Smith, State Representative Richard Saccone and State Senator Kim Ward.

“These days, most individuals are within hearing distance of their mobile phones,” Fickley commented. “My senior project is an app-based remote doorbell. The advantage of an alert coming from a mobile phone is that the sound will not come from a fixed location within the house but is instead mobile with the user.”

“The project has two main components,” he continued, “the Android-based alarm application and the Raspberry Pi-based doorbell component. These two components must successfully interact via a direct Wi-Fi connection. When an individual pushes the button input device, the Raspberry Pi doorbell will send a signal via Wi-Fi. The phone app will then receive the signal, triggering an audible alarm that will alert the user that someone is at the door.”

Additional options are planned such as changing of alarms to coincide with holidays or the season and the ability to set vibration alarms as well as audible alarms.

He previously presented the results of his research at the 11th Annual Academic Conference at Saint Vincent College on April 23.

Fickley is the son of Mark and Cindy Fickley of Clairton.

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Photo: Matthew B. Fickley, left, a computing and information science graduate of Saint Vincent College, with Senator Matt Smith at the 11th Annual Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol in Harrisburg.

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