New technologies featured at virtual confab


    An app that tracks disaster relief. An online geographic system for information on medical resources. A smart index that captures a city’s “health.”

    These are the technologies highlighted at the 5th National Research and Development Conference (NRDC) that started yesterday until November 11. They are among the latest innovations from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

    The virtual conference features “Research and Development: Making Change Happen.” The 5th NRDC will present the latest researches and technologies from the DOST, including those developed in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

    The conference hopes to inspire industry, government and academe from what local researchers are doing “to answer the challenging times,” said Dr. Enrico Paringit, executive director of DOST’s Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) which funded most of the researchers.

    Among the technologies is Project RAMDAM or Resource Allocation Management, Distribution and Monitoring.

    It is a system developed by Geographic Innovations for Development Solutions Inc. which can be accessed via a mobile app and/or through a website to serve as a platform for citizens and the government to share accurate information regarding relief distribution activities, contents of relief packs, schedule of distribution and feedback from the recipients.

    The Tracing for Allocation of Medical Supplies (TrAMS+) project is an online geographic system for tracking information about medical resources in health facilities. It relies on crowdsourced data to aid in the proper allocation of medical resources needed by healthcare facilities.

    The Platform for Assessment and Tracking of Urbanization-Related Opportunities (PATURO) aims to formulate a smart index that can reliably and accurately capture the city’s “health.” – P. Icamina