Because of its market potentials, technical viability, innovation, and social relevance, a project by a five student-team from the College of Engineering, University of Southeastern Philippines was adjudged finalist to the SWEEP Innovation and Excellence Awards in September 2011. USeP is the sole qualifier from Regions X, XI and XIII.
This is the second time that the USeP entry entered into the finals of the same competition. Last year, a project by three College of Engineering students of the University also made it to the last round. Out of 147 entries submitted by partner schools of Smart Communications, Inc. under its Smart Wireless Engineering Education Program (SWEEP), only ten entries were chosen for the final evaluation of working models and team presentations scheduled in February 2012.
Smart CARES (Community Assistance on Remote Vital Signs Monitoring for Emergency Situations), of Mark Reynald D. Bingil, Rosmar M. Sambarano, Edgardo B. Libre, Jr., Angelie T. Lugay, and Jeffrey A. Bongar with mentor Engr. Roberto I. Canda, basically aims to create a vital signs monitoring system attached to a nearby hospital via wireless communication. The proposed device is designed to improve the patients’ life by allowing health care professionals to monitor them from home, rather than from a bed in a hospital or a nursing home.
The annual awards is part of SWEEP, an industry-academe partnership which Smart launched in 2003 to help elevate the level of engineering and technology education, particularly in the field of Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE). The winning team will receive P500,000 cash prize while its school will be a recipient of the same amount, but in a form of grant. (USeP PublicInformation Office)