Have you been to malls, office, restaurants or any place and would request you to write, or scan their QR for contact tracing? Does it feel frustrating to keep on filling out the information over and over again? If your answer is YES then this may be the solution to the frustration you may feel.
WE present to you Project B.E.A.T.R.I.C.E. it stands for Buildings and Establishments Automated Temperature Reading Integrated Contact Tracing Equipment. It is an integration of both hardware and software, stand-alone dedicated tool for contact tracing.
Know more about this project.
Who we are?
We are a group of graduates from the University of Santo Tomas. Our hobby and passion is to develop, explore and execute ideas to create solutions to problems we face every day with the use of technology. Due to the current pandemic, we created a contact tracing project that we believe will improve and provide convenience for the people to adapt to the new normal. Our team is a startup named EEnovatics and we are currently under the DOST- TomasInno Center, the official Technology Business Incubator of UST.
EEnovatics is composed of two Electrical Engineering graduates and one Computer Science graduate from the University of Santo Tomas, Engr. Souichi A. Takahama, who graduated in 2018, Andrea Pauline D. De Guzman, who graduated in 2020 and Gabriel Hansley C. Suarez, who graduated in 2019. Our mission is “by identifying, defining and solving problems faced by the nation and the citizens, EEnovatics aims to provide technological interventions through research, development, innovation, and integration of hardware-software technologies.”
What are we planning to do?
Our team developed a contact tracing hardware called Project B.E.A.T.R.I.C.E to provide convenience, ease and safety to comply with the new normal of contact tracing. The contact tracing Equipment we are working on will scan for the user’s QR code, then scan its temperature and disinfect, this can all be done in 5 seconds thus reducing the time to do contact tracing in every entrance. With this convenience time and effort of each user to do contact tracing will be reduced. This will also help minimize the risk to exposure of guards, door attendants and users.
Where did this project come from?
Project B.E.A.T.R.I.C.E. was created when Engr. Souichi Takahama had to queue in line at an entrance of a hardware store doing contact tracing which took about a minute to write on paper or scan the QR provided using his own smartphone that requires data. Even in a span of just 1 hour, visiting the same store requires the same steps all over again. That is when the frustration started and ideated on a rapid entrance system with contact tracing. Doing contact tracing requires human intervention as well which can also be a safety issue for both the customer as well as the door attendant with this pandemic. The door attendant may be present to check your temperature, oversee the protocol of entering, and more.
We have worked on the project since then believing that this can be a long-term solution for the new normal for all of us. We joined the TomasInno Center of UST to ask for support in starting up, we talked to several LGU, Government Officials, Government Bodies, and some companies who may support us to develop this project. Luckily there was a sponsor who provided us financial support to make our idea into reality. Which is currently at Tagaytay D’ Banquet Restaurant. From there we made our prototype ourselves and continue to test our system.
At present we have been acknowledged by several media agencies and even held a live interview for our project. But at this point, we are still in need of financial help to continue our development of a project that can benefit every Filipino even ourselves.
What is our Plan and Schedule?
We want to continue our development of creating new units in order to test further and to really unleash the potential of Project B.E.A.T.R.I.C.E. The project aims to be present at every entrance so that every user may enter with ease. Our target is to finish the development of our project within 1 month from the time we could have access to funding, then within 3-6 months, we want to deploy more units to develop, as well as to observe its effectiveness. We want to target high foot traffic areas such as malls. We also want to aim to deploy to high-volume offices or factories that enter on a regular basis as this may be beneficial to them. When we are to finish the deployment, we aim to allot to every entrance to make every entrance safer.
Why do we care?
This project we developed will be of help to each and every Filipinos that enters into buildings either to malls, offices, factories, and more with ease and safety. We may have contact tracing solutions present but with Project B.E.A.T.R.I.C.E we can assure that our solution can complement existing ones to reduce your exposure time, to provide convenience and be tailored to be part of the new normal. With our passion to create technology to solve present and future problems we will develop this project. We can support and help each other to fight this pandemic one step at a time and this step may go a long way.
Help us continue to develop this solution together. We are in need of financial support may it be from Investors, Partners or even supporters.
Lets make every entrance safer together.