Conducted by MSEUF
, Started on 2013 -
Completed on 2014
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The general objective of the study is to design and to develop the proposed Microcontroller-based Rainfall Monitoring System that aims the generated rainfall data help provide significant inputs to policy makers involved in risk and disaster preparedness. Specifically, the study intended to design and develop the proposed monitoring system main circuit board with appropriate discrete electronic components and hardware modules and peripherals based on research and development methodology and gather significant feedback from the target end-users. Research and development methodology employed the design, development and evaluation of the system. The system is a combination of special areas in information technology specifically embedded system, communication and programming. This area embodies the functionality of the project. The researchers sought the assistance of the PAGASA weather bureau located in Tayabas, Quezon and Infanta Quezon for the baseline data needed in the study. In testing and evaluating the prototype, the proponent initially tested the design if it worked as desired. Experts and meteorologist evaluated the prototype with sets of criteria indicated in the questionnaire. The evaluation phase involved demonstrating how the prototype operates. The proponent conducted the evaluation making use of questionnaires distributed to thirty respondents composed of weather observer, PDRRMC officers and staffs, Engineers and IT experts. The result of the evaluation tested the system acceptability in terms of Functionality, Efficiency, Usability and Reliability. The results of the evaluation for the prototype yielded a general weighted mean of 4.42 that describes the respondents strongly agree that the developed system was acceptable. Specifically, the prototype’s rating criteria is as follows: “Functionality” 4.63, “Reliability” 4.27, “Efficiency” 4.32 and “Usability” 4.54. The respondents strongly agree as given by the result that the system operates with minimal human intervention as to answer the automated nature of the system, run in real time, communicate wirelessly, measure amount of rainfall and send SMS. The respondents strongly agreed that the system is functional as what it is intended to task. The functionality is highest ranked by the respondents. Reliability describes the capability of the system to handle errors, runs smoothly, recovery from failure, operates accurately and the notification on an occurrence of error. The system is reliable as proven by the rating given by the respondents. The usability points out on the system as being user friendly, the providence of delivering comfort and convenience and the system’s manageability. The prototype as being efficient was strongly agreed by the respondent. The result describes that the system’s efficiency in terms of the process, response, accuracy, recording and displaying. The description also proves the rapid and instant response of the system. Based on the foregoing conclusions the following are recommended specifically the provision of additional sensors such as temperature and humidity to extend the capability and functionality of the system and to subject the prototype to actual use by Disaster risk and reduction management council of Lucena City in far flung barangays to value its effectiveness and efficiency in rainfall monitoring.