Ateneo Team wins prize for new traffic app design

February 15, 2017

(Video courtesy of Joshmarck Piencenaves)

For designing an optimal route finding app, a team of students was awarded 2nd Runner Up in the 13th Smart Wireless Engineering Education Program (SWEEP) Innovation and Excellence Awards held last Feb. 9, 2017 at the Mind Museum in Bonifacio Global City.

Team Traffix is composed of students Justin Bryce Torres (4 BS Electronics and Communications Engineering), Renzo Candano (4 BS Management Engineering), Mark Perea (4 BS Computer Engineering), Joshmarck Piencenaves (4 BFA Information Design), and Pearl Santos (4 BS Computer Science). Their coaches were Engr. Kevin Vicerra and Engr. Francis Tiausas, faculty members at the Ateneo's Department of Electronics, Computer, and Communication Engineering (ECCE).

L-R: ECCE Dept. Chair Dr. Rosula Reyes, Mark Perea, Joshmarck Piencenaves, Justin Bryce Torres, Renzo Candano, Pearl Santos, and Engrs. Kevin Vicerra and Francis Tiausas

The team joined the Big Data category which involved the use of social media and web analytics. They created Traffix, a route finding app that lets consumers plot multiple destinations and enables them to find the best routes to reach these destinations.

"The app is best utilized by delivery companies since they are most likely to have multiple destinations in one trip," Piencenaves shared. "Other target markets are everyday drivers who need to run multiple errands in a day or are in a carpooling service, and data companies that can benefit from the traffic data the app collects."

Team Traffix

While Traffix may sound similar to other route finding apps like Waze and Google Maps, it has an edge that the two do not have. "Our app takes you from point A to B, C, D, E, F, and so on," Piencenaves said. Our app will arrange your input into its most optimal form."

SWEEP Awards, the country's biggest technology competition since 2004, is an innovation competition where teams have to come up with a wireless application that can provide solutions to consumer problems. It is organized by SWEEP, the longest-running collaboration between the industry and academe aimed at raising the standards of engineering and information technology education in the country.