ITS Campus, ITS News – The Covid-19 pandemic has caused supermarkets to become the most important retail companies in the world lately. This was the background for the emergence of a shopping cart or shopping trolley design idea from Muhammad Rumi Latif Abdullah, a student of the Industrial Product Design Department (Despro) of the Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS), which was named I-Trolley.
The innovative design carried out by the student who is familiarly called Rumi stems from the phenomenon in supermarkets, which is getting more and more crowded during the pandemic. This is because supermarkets are one of the places that provide essential daily needs. However, most supermarkets do not pay attention to the physical interactions that occur in them. Trolleys are one of the leading passive spreaders for viruses in supermarket activities.
Rumi said that supermarkets need to consider alternative solutions to overcome these problems in the current new typical. Rumi initiated a trolley that has more potential to create a safe and sound shopping system during this pandemic. “Because the current trolley is still only limited as a product for transporting goods,” he said.
According to Rumi, the I-Trolley design that he designed will, in actual conditions, be able to follow the user without any physical contact so that it provides several supporting features to make it easier for users, starting from the Internet of Things (IoT) integration system, interchangeable bucket and stackable. “This feature makes I-Trolley not just a physical product, but a product system,” he added.
The student who was born in Nganjuk said that the work system of the I-Trolley is the primary key to excellence and differentiating from other innovations. This i-Trolley is designed based on IoT in a limited space, namely supermarkets. “So the I-Trolley must be connected to the user’s smartphone using a barcode,” he explained.
Later, continued Rumi, the system will immediately read and send data to the center to be stored as raw data, which contains tracking of the trolley flow. “This tracking can later be processed as an evaluation for supermarkets,” he said.
This alumnus of SMA Negeri 17 Surabaya said that the I-Trolley is also equipped with an interchangeable bucket in addition to the IoT system. So users will be able to adjust the size of the tub according to their needs when shopping at the supermarket. “This component makes I-Trolley a product that provides convenience,” he said convincingly.
Interestingly, according to Rumi, his I-Trolley can be stacked on top of one another. This is done by considering the limited area of the supermarket to store a trolley. So that storage space is also a priority in designing this I-Trolley product so that various types of supermarkets of all capacities can use it.
Rumi’s hard work for two weeks has succeeded in producing proud achievements. The innovation entitled I-Trolley: Smart Integrated Trolley has successfully delivered him as the first winner in the International Design Competition for Health Protocol Supporting Products 2021, held by Universitas Sebelas Maret Surakarta (UNS), last May.
Ending the interview session, Rumi expressed his hope that his design ideas could be commercialized in Indonesia in the future. Rumi also hopes in the future to be able to contribute more ideas with concepts that consider the human aspect in detail, not only as a physical product. “I hope that with the ideas I make, I can bring the name ITS Industrial Product Design to the national and international level,” concluded Rumi hopefully. (far/ITS Public Relation)
Reporter: Mukhammad Akbar Makhbubi
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