A pair of UST graduates has developed an automated system promising a hassle-free registration for Covid-19 contact tracing in establishments. 

Project B.E.A.T.R.I.C.E, which stands for “Buildings and Establishments Automated Temperature Reading Integrated Contact Tracing Equipment,” was developed by electrical engineering alumni Souichi Takahama and Andrea Pauline De Guzman.

The duo makes up EEnovatics, a startup under the Department of Science and Technology-TOMASInno Center, the official technology business incubator of UST.

The project is a dedicated contact tracing equipment where users can scan their QR code (which is obtained via a one-time registration), do a temperature check, and disinfect with alcohol—all without the need for smartphones, internet access and human contact, Takahama told the Varsitarian in an interview.

He said the idea for the project came after he personally experienced difficulties in repeatedly filling out contact tracing forms in establishments, which takes time and increases exposure to the virus.

Compared to other contact tracing systems, Project B.E.A.T.R.I.C.E can complete entrance procedures in as fast as 5 seconds.

Staff and employees of establishments will also be able to limit their exposure to people entering.

Last Dec. 18, the EEnovatics team was able to develop and deploy one working unit for a restaurant in Tagaytay City through the help of a sponsor. 

They are currently looking for investors to further develop their project.


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