Mobile Open source WebTech

Traffic, flood, crime data on your mobile phone

Apart from Bulacan State University’s Smart Phone Guard, the Smart Wireless Engineering Education Program (Sweep) project that really piqued my interest in this year’s Innovation and Excellence Awards is Ateneo de Manila University’s Smart Safety Assistance (3S).

The system packages mobile services, using open source projects, into a system that offers people access, via a PC or mobile device, to data on traffic and road conditions, floods, and crime incidence.

3s project of Ateneo de Manila SMART SAFETY ASSISTANCE. Ted Angelo Chua, lead student of the team from Ateneo de Manila, explains to judges how 3S works. (photo by Smart PA)

Perhaps because it isn’t as visceral as the three winners, Ateneo de Manila missed a place in the top three. The 3S package is an excellent system, albeit more geared toward urban centers.

The 3S system centers on a web server that gathers traffic, crime, and flood data as well as video streams from cameras placed on major roads. The server then processes these data and makes it available via the Internet to a PC or phone. The server can also send the data as an MMS message and information as SMS message.

Ted Angelo Chua, lead student of the project, told judges they used the open source packages Kannel and OpenLaszlo for the 3S project.

The system processes data it gathers and renders them into a color-coded map that can be accessed through a Web browser or mobile devices. 3S provides graphical representations of traffic gridlocks, flooded areas, closed roads, and flooded locations.

3S gets its traffic data from, the group members said in their concept paper. The crime statistics they plan to get from police precincts; the flood data from sensors, a roving team, as well as images captured by the web cameras; and the road status from feedback and a roving team.