Date of Award

Spring 2012

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Computer Science

First Advisor

Ralph Morelli


The Commodity Tracker is an Android Application developed on Trinity’s Portable Open Search and Identification Tool (POSIT). It is designed for users to collect pricing information primarily on food prices in field conditions in Haiti. The ACDI/VOCA organization sends field agents into the rural areas of Haiti regularly to collect data on the prices of local food items. This data is used to determine the distribution of food items through the USAID organization, using price to measure scarcity. Infrastructural issues make this a time consuming process, especially with regards to sending data from the field to the central servers in Jacmel. This Android application can collect and send this data via SMS (or text messaging), reducing the amount of time and cost required to retrieve information from the field, thus enabling ACDI/VOCA to efficiently allocate its resources to where they are most needed.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.