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SMART Communications, Inc. through its Smart Wireless Engineering Education Program (SWEEP) has released the P500 Thousand research grant to Holy Name University as the recipient of the student research project entry, titled: "Water Supply Management Using Wireless Technology" which bagged the 6th SWEEP Innovation and Excellence Awards in February last year. The team was also awarded with P500 Thousand cash prize.

The research grant will now go to the project implementation of the 6th SWEEP grand prize winner entitled: Water Supply Management System (WSMS) which will benefit the community of barangay Bingag in Dauis, Bohol. The new proponents of this project are Engr. Justiniano Villocido, Jr., the project manager, Engr. Rosanne Daquio and Engr. Jan Ray Rulida, as members.

The original WSMS system is a functional prototype to manage a typical Water System featuring water level detection, leakage detection, water routing, and water pump switching. All the operations involved including data gathering and control were done wirelessly using Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) technology, specifically Short Messaging System (SMS) and the processes involved were operational albeit simulated.

The new proponents find it a good idea to implement the previous project on the actual scale as the original WSMS is a promising technology that could benefit a lot of people. The proponents comprise the three disciplines of the college, namely: Electronics Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Civil Engineering. Collaborative efforts of the three disciplines are necessary to make the project work.

Features of the original project will be incorporated in the new WSMS. However, there are new features that the proponents will implement. The new WSMS will still use GSM technology, but will explore General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) as a medium. GPRS offers a cheaper alternative to SMS in terms of continuous sending of data from a remote data collection system to a central system.

The half of a million scholarship grant was released after the proposal was submitted to SWEEP last April 2011 and the course of this project will run through a six- month period until its final implementation.

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