Design and developing a digital service to deliver liquefied petroleum (LPG) in Ghana using internet of things
Asomaning, Kingsley Obeng (2021)
Asomaning, Kingsley Obeng
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Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is used for domestic consumption by many households in developing countries such as Ghana for cooking and other heating purposes. It replaces the biofuels used for domestic consumption making it a better source energy for the environment. However, its adoption in these households is slow due to many factors ranging from financial barriers to lack of technological innovations in the infrastructure of the LPG business sector. Therefore, the objective of this thesis is to gather information on the business of LPG in Ghana and conceptualize an idea into a concept within the sphere of information and communication technology (ICT) that can help solve the slow adoption of the LPG in Ghana. The concept is designed and ascertained laying out its architectural infrastructure in a way that can easily be implemented to alleviate the situation in the sector in Ghana. The thesis was conducted using interview based on structured questions to get the state of the LPG sector in Ghana. The information was combined with literature to give a vivid understanding of the problems in the sector and how best it can be fixed technologically. It was inferred from the literature and present state of the sector that there is a lack of information systems in the sector. Again, it was deduced that the entire sector will be streamlined and standardised with ICT usage. Thereby making the sector more attractive and profitable to enable adoption in households. Hence a digital concept that centers on the delivery of LPG from the LPG vendor to the consumer was conceptualised based on internet of things technologies and infrastructure. Not only will this bridge the technological gap in the sector but also make it more innovative to modern standards.