Ateneo ECCE teams bag awards in 4th Smart SWEEP

Out of 59 mobile solutions submitted as entries from colleges and universities in the country, two teams of fifth year ECE students triumphed on the recently concluded 4th Smart SWEEP Innovation and Excellence Awards held last Feb. 1-2 at the Trade Hall of SM Cebu City. This year’s theme is “Going Wireless for Disaster Preparedness”, which addresses the country’s growing need to improve its ability to respond to the threat of disaster. All teams were tasked to come up with wireless service applications accessed via the Smart network using SMS, MMS, WAP, GPRS, SIP, voice, 3G, wireless broadband or Bluetooth.

SMART FAST (Flood Alert Service Texts) emerged as the first runner up with a cash prize of Php300,000. It proposes the use of SMS to automatically collect and transmit data from sensors that determine flood levels in rivers and other bodies of water. This system also integrates services that allow for community participation during disasters through donation (Smart Money transfer services) and evacuation site status reports. The goal of the system is to prepare the community and the entire government machinery to anticipate the onset of and respond to possible damage caused by flood.

The members of the team are Adrin V. del Rosario (Team Leader), Roy Khristopher O. Bayot, and Archie Q. Dolit.

Second runner up went to SMART-GUARDS (SMART-Geared Up for Automated Response Disaster System), a wireless disease outbreak tracking system that monitors and provides information, description, alert dissemination protocols, and mathematical analysis accessible via the Internet, SMS, and MMS. Based on the data provided by hospitals and authorized health centers, the system is able to track and map trends, patterns, and the degrees of outbreak for a particular city using mathematical algorithms and software image processing. Essentially, this system protects Filipinos from viral and epidemic outbreaks such as dengue, bird flu, capillariasis and other contagious diseases.

Jimson G. Ngeo (Team Leader), Adrielle Matthew Julius A. Dagasuan, Chrisandro M. Favila, and Jan Lester Gerard M. Lofranco, are the members of the team who received Php150,000 cash prize and the People’s Choice Award.

The university also received equivalent amounts in the form of grants.

Another team made it as finalist, Smart Disaster Aversion, which integrates different inexpensive and easy to deploy sensors in order to prevent, empower, and locate the subscribers of impending disasters such as flood, typhoon, landslide, and earthquake. The SDA team is composed of Ted Angelo T. Chua (Team Leader), Mark David G. Abat, Jose Raphael C. Arenas, and Adrian Joseph C. Mozo, who received Php35,000.

All the three teams were mentored by Engr. Marie Engelene J. Obien. Support to the teams was provided by the SWEEP laboratory under the supervision of Engr. Maria Leonora C. Guico.

A highlight of the event is the PalaECEpan quiz contest, where 37 ECE student representatives from colleges and universities nationwide converged. Daryl Aaron C. Gaerlan (V - BS ECE), topped his group elimination round and made it to the finals, in which he won third place. He was mentored by Engr. Maria Leonora C. Guico.