Tech center in Perpetual Help campus allows students to communicate with satellites in space - DOST-PCIEERD 

An emerging technology center put up by the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology (DOST-PCIEERD) at the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA (UPHSD) in Las Piñas allows students and faculty members to communicate with artificial satellites in space.

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Engr. Ninaliza H. Escorial (center), Deputy Executive Director of DOST-PCIEERD, together with University of Perpetual Help Dalta System officials leads the inauguration of PERPSAT 1 Laboratory.

Inaugurated last April 24, DOST-PCIEERD said that this tech center in UPHSD in Las Piñas is called PERPSAT1: UPHSD Amateur Satellite Ground Station Development was made to be used as a ground station which enabled students and faculty to utilize specific frequencies to set up a successful connection in accessing the information from the ASEANSAT, an ASEAN collaborative nanosatellite project.

Aside from allowing stakeholders to communicate with the satellite, PERPSAT 1 aimed to translate the data gathered into useful information in addressing national and global concerns through air quality monitoring and weather monitoring.

Through the ground station, three assessment maps on flood vulnerability, climate change detection, and pollution mapping could be developed to help make relevant policies for risk reduction and mitigation. Furthermore, it aimed to strengthen the school’s curriculum for their BS Electronics Engineering and BS Aeronautical Engineering undergraduate degrees and STEM-SPACE program for senior high school.

PERPSAT 1 is being led by Engr. Lorena C. Ilagan.

“This venture with the UPHDS system would certainly bring science to the people, especially to our studentry. These technology centers would equip professionals and the aspiring ones with relevant knowledge and skills through engaging with technologies in their respective laboratories,”

DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico C. Paringit said.

On the same day, the establishment of the IoT (Internet of Things) Research Laboratory and Training Center was also launched at the UPHSD – Molino Campus. The IoT Research Laboratory aimed to accelerate the capability of researchers, engineers, and industry practitioners in exploring new concepts, technologies, systems, and communication paradigms applied to wireless networks.

DOST Secretary Dr. Renato Solidum, Jr. (4th from left) together with University of Perpetual Help Dalta System officials leads the inauguration of the IOT Laboratory

The laboratory facility is expected to support the IoT system design, development and prototyping, implementation, and testing in order to explore new concepts, technology, systems, and communication paradigms applied to wireless networks.

The IoT is being led by Engr. Mariciel Marcial – Teogangco.

"We, at DOST-PCIEERD, commend the efforts of UPSHD in actively pushing emerging technologies and innovations for your constituents. We are hoping and looking forward to continuing our partnerships soon,” Paringit said.

Both emerging technology centers were funded by DOST-PCIEERD.

“We are certain in DOST that forging partnerships and assisting our institutions to pursue more R&D initiatives will surely uplift our nation. It is only with your willingness and effort that will help every Filipino make it happen,” DOST Secretary Renato U. Solidum Jr. said.

UPHSD President Dr. Anthony M. Tamayo said that the university system is honored and privileged to have inaugurated two emerging technology centers in one day on their campuses. He acknowledged the importance of collaboration between institutions.