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Engr. Justiniano Villocido, Jr. (3-R) with the HNU Team composed of 5th year ECE students, namely: Gerald June Dagondon, Johnry Daquipil, Wilmer Malanog, Gina Palomares, and Joseph Tabaranza

The HNU College of Engineering team bags the 6th SWEEP Innovation and Excellence Awards held on February 5 and 6, 2010 in Makati City with the theme "Empowering Communities through Wireless Technologies."

HNU's team with its project entry, "Water Supply Management through Wireless Technology" emerged as the national winner among the ten SMART partner schools that made it to the top ten finalists after the regional short-listing in October last year.

Aforesaid project is made up of two separate systems. One is located on the pipelines, which by itself is made up of several systems. These systems, called remote devices are made up of sensors and switches wirelessly connected to the control panel using GSM technology. The other system called control panel is a software that makes use of the data gathered by the remote devices to provide, among other things, water leakage detection, valve switching, and subscriber messaging.

The team was represented by its team leader, Eldwin Shieldon Ytac. The members are Gerald June Dagondon, Johnry Daquipil, Wilmer Malanog, Gina Palomares, and Joseph Tabaranza, all fifth year ECE students. Their adviser is Engr. Justiniano Villocido, Jr. Earning the success made them receive P500,000 cash prize, 80% of which goes to the team while 20% goes to the faculty-adviser. The same amount goes to Holy Name University in a form of a grant. The grant intended for use of a project study which will be conceptualized by the College of Engineering. The HNU Team also received a trophy and certificates.

The second prize however, went to Ateneo de Davao University with project entry "Development of a Fish Density Detection System for the Fisher Folks of Lianga Bay," while the third went to Ateneo de Manila University with project entry "SMART Bantay Barangay." It is the first time that Holy Name University made it to the top ten finalists together with the Mindanao State University (MSU).

They will receive P300,000 and P150,000 cash prizes respectively. The same amounts in a form of school grants will be given to the two partner schools.

The awarding ceremonies culminated last Saturday, February 5, 2010.

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