Brillant Students from UP and DLSU Find Solutions To Traffic Problem

SAM_2756After being the grand winner in last year’s the Indra Future Minds Competition in Spain, Team Philippines once again searches for the top student representatives for  2013 competition to be held in Brazil. Four student groups from the University of the Philippines –Diliman (UPD), Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and De La Salle University (DLSU) competed for the chance to represent the country for this 3rd edition of the Indra Future Minds Competition. During the selection of finalists at Indra’s head office at Ortigas,  ADMU backed out due to graduation requirements so three teams were left to compete.  The teams from DLSU, UPD Team A and Team B presented their entries or their “Enigma” solutions to the media and answered questions during the Q&A  while the deliberations with the judges were going on behind the scenes.  The final two teams that prevailed were DLSU for their creative solutions and UPD Team B for their practical solutio

Indra Future Minds Competition is an international university competition which provides a venue for undergraduates to demonstrate their talent and skills in managing solutions based on real projects developed by Indra, the leading technology multinational, one of the leading multinationals in Consulting and Technology.  Indra Future Minds Competition aims to engage the best talent around the world to innovate and change the world with the help of new technologies. Winners of the competition will be given the opportunity to experience working with the company in any of Indra’s international offices after their studies.

One of last year’s winners, Erwin Soleta

The Philippines first joined the international university competition last year, with UPD students Maria Katrina E. Volante, Benedict Ivan A. Andrade and Erwin L. Soleta, representing the country. The Philippines team qualified for the final phase and went to Spain to compete against three other universities, eventually winning the whole competition.

For the third edition, the Philippines will now send two teams to participate in the competition. An Inter University competition locally will determine the university students who will compete against other universities from all over the world during the global competition. Indra sent out invitations to the top universities in the country, looking for students in the field of technology and innovation, with strong academic records, the initiative and ability to work in a team, with keen interest in volunteerism, internships and grants, and possessing good social and communication skills.

Two teams from UPD were then chosen to compete in the local competition. The first team from UPD consists of Angelica Joyce Ramos and Ian Catamora, both taking up Bachelors of  Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering (BS ECE), and Shane Jayson Cruz, taking up Bachelors of Science in Industrial Engineering (BS IE).

SAM_2743The members of the second team from UPD are John Arden Orata and Jhoanne Clarize Monta, both taking up BS ECE as well, and Paolo Martin Santos, a Bachelors of Science in Materials Engineering (BS MatEng) student.

SAM_2746The students from ADMU are Robert Alfie Peṅa and Joshua Mendoza, both BS ECE students and Brian Lao, studying Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering (BS CoE).

Last but not the least, the students from DLSU are Jerome Cuevas and John Clifford Konwat, both taking up BS ECE, and Catherine Denise Rollan, a BS IE student.SAM_2741

During this phase of the competition, the students will have to present a solution to an “enigma” (challenge or problem) based on Indra’s traffic management system.

Two teams will be chosen based on how their solution adheres to the four core values of Indra –rigor, determination, originality and sensitivity. The two Philippine teams will then compete with students from other countries.

 Executive Summary  of  DLSU Team

Ecosystem of People, Policy, Infrastructure, and Focus

– Jerome Cuevas, John Clifford Konwat, Catherine Denise Rollan

There will always be traffic in Metro Manila. The answer then lies not in solving it, but in managing it. To effectively address the issue, not one, or two things need to be implemented. It takes a whole lot of input. One could say it requires an ecosystem. This is ours.

One of the biggest pains of both developed and developing countries is that of traffic congestion. In Metro Manila alone, trillions have been lost in terms of opportunity, production and consumption. The task has been set to improve the traffic flow, and reduce both congestion and noise in the city through high-efficiency solutions with minimal end-user impact.

Our answer to the problem exists in the form of an ecosystem of sorts. This ecosystem is composed on people, policy, infrastructure and focus. The premise is that the technology we, as Indra Philippines, will put up will help enable, engage and sustain involvement (people), enforcement (policy) and development (focus).

With the addition of Smart traffic lights, proper forecasting of traffic decisions can be observed. GPS communication systems will enable the receipt and transmission of information between the car and the control center. It will then be instrumental in routing cars through low-density areas for decongestion. CCTV Recognition Software will be instrumental in the enforcement of the law and the monitoring of highways. Through learning and recognition modules, gesture/motion, text and facial identification facilitates public discipline. Lastly, the use of tablet technology will ensure that all apprehension activities are monitored, accurate and filed.

All these make up the interconnected framework from control tower to law enforcement to the citizens. These pieces of technology are introduced to the public through a series of progressive phases starting from a pilot phase all the way to post-mortem evaluation in the hopes of sustainable and continuous improvement.

Our team believes in the philosophy of a systems-perspective driven solution, and our answer to the problem creates such atmosphere that enables and fosters the growth of other sectors such as government, economy and society. With these initiatives in place, it is our objective to go beyond the problem of traffic. It is our objective that through the use of rigor, sensibilidad, originalidad and determinacion, progress in the Philippines through achievable and sustainable means can and will be obtained.

Executive Summary of  UPD Team B

READ – RFID Enabled Automated Detection

-John Arden Orata, Jhoanne Clarize Monta, and Paolo Martin Santos

Vehicle count in Metro Manila accumulates annually. Based on research the vehicle count projection will increase from 9.3 million as of present to 34.5 million in 2035. Traffic congestion in Metro Manila for the year 2011 has been known to cost 175 billion pesos. Furthermore, it was found that the three main causes of traffic congestion are (1) road physical limitations, (2) inefficient traffic control, and (3) ignored traffic signs and regulations. Road construction involves a very long process and an extravagant budget. Therefore, traffic congestion can be improved by addressing inefficient traffic management through innovation of control systems.

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a breakthrough technology that can be used to control traffic systems and solve traffic congestion in Metro Manila. Additionally, it is projected to be sustainable for at least 10 years. RFID tagged on vehicles will improve traffic systems by making it possible to detect, identify and count the number of vehicles per region. The corresponding traffic control system with the use of this technology is called RFID Enabled Automated Detection (READ). READ works in four basic stages: (1) Extraction of data from an RFID tagged vehicles, (2) Transmittance of data to the SCADA, (3) Process and control of the whole traffic system, and (4) Storage of data in the cloud. In the case of smart intersection control, traffic lights will adjust efficiently according to vehicle volume. Automatic violation detection will also be possible through the system by the analysis and process of gathered data. Examples of detectable violations are coding, over-speeding, disregarding of traffic signs among others.

READ provides a responsive system that executes real time traffic decisions, promotes a smart environment that leads to a faster and more efficient society, and upholds discipline in the community.  In addition, it opens doors to other profitable services – mobile apps, auto-charge toll, among others. Improved service of local government units (e.g. MMDA, LTO) will result from the implementation of READ.  A cleaner, safer and more disciplined community will develop from an objective approach in traffic rules and regulations.

READ will operate with the following existing Indra technologies, namely, Hermes, Atenea, Cloud, and NETPlus.  This presents a strategic opportunity for implementing the system wherein the proposed innovation can be developed at a reasonable cost and a stable background.

About Indra

Present in the region since 1995, Indra in the Philippines is one of the leading IT solutions and services providers in the country and in Southeast Asia. The company employs more than 700 highly-trained professionals and operates in highly dynamic markets such as Energy & Telco, Utilities & Industry, Financial Services, Public Administration and Healthcare, Transport & Traffic and Security & Defense.  Indra is one of the leading multinationals in Consulting and Technology in Europe and Latin America. Innovation is the basis of Indra’s business and sustainability, with €550 million invested in R&D&i in the last three years. This figure sets Indra among the top European companies in the sector by investment. Indra’s turnover is around €3,000 million, and 55% of its revenue comes from international markets. The company employs 42,000 professionals and has customers in 118 countries.


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