Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience

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Our Project is designed and created for basically mobile devices like mobile phones or tablets. In addition to this, we must use/connect database frequently in mobile application for working the system properly. There are some classic ways providing database service, but cost of realizing a server is not very cheap and also is complex.

We are luckily for IBM have a solution + service which name is BlueMix to solve these problems by providing cloud services . BlueMix is a platform in which user publish application and create database like Cloud Services with very friendly user interfaces and beta version is free of charge. BlueMix beta version gives 8 GB memory and max 20 services to use whatever what to do.

Codename: BlueMix includes not only java and databases but also has a lot of different services related to big data, data management or mobile applications.

First of all, we use SQLDB(a special DB2 version for BlueMix) and Liberty For Java ( a special WebSphere Application Server Liberty Profile for BlueMix). We moved our project to Liberty For Java and increased instance number and define memory to 2 GB. Therefore we reached very high process capability and our project was easily migrated from local to BlueMix with WAR Packed. Also, we increased SQLDB’s memory, so was provided very strong database service.

When we migrate to BlueMix, we changed only connection information like hostname and password  for SQLDB in web application and mobile application. Except for this, there is no need extra efforts to migrate the project to BlueMix.

Now, our project is easily accessed with database via URL and automatically is published on World Wide Web.

We continue to develop our project with RSA IDE in local and we will publish on BlueMix at the end of the project. Please do not forget, because of BlueMix restrictions you can not directly access BlueMix SQLDB with your personal computer. Bluemix SQLDB only accepts connection with applications published in BlueMix. To solve this problem, we design a web application and use this new application to get some information from database like notifications as a XML or JSON type.

Stay Tuned For Our Next Writing.

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April 14th, 2014

First of all, IBM started smarter planet corporate initiative in 2008. Since that day, IBM has developed and encouraged people to create smarter ideas for smarter planet to develop life standard for human who live all over the world.

Smarter Healthcare is one of the most important areas in this initiative.  According to academic studies, people medicine use rate has increased and nearly every one of three elderly patient (in Turkey) take medicines wrong amount and /or in wrong time[1]. Also, one study[2] showed that  medicine taking time notification and other technological reminders increase effectiveness of medicines. According to Glaxo Smith Kline, there are over 300 million Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease patients in all over the world.

Our Mobile Health project warns people for medicine intake time and increases effectiveness of medicine. Therefore community health will gain positive impact. Air pollution is a very popular problem especially in the big cities. People who has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, are warned with hardware module which connect to mobile phone about air quality.

Furthermore our project focus on an effort for returning unused medicines to public service.  There are a lot of unused medicines at the persons and our system easily shares and tracks these medicines to help patient who needs. So That, medicine waste will be decreased and especially poor people can access these medicines without paying money. Our main aim creates a subconscious about healthy life in the community.

At last but not least, our project follows and records daily activities in accordance with calorie information and create reports for doctor or dietitian and supplies a connection from doctor to patient with private messages.

When we design our project, we take into account what we have learned in our courses.  This project is associated with three main courses which are Software Engineering, Database Management System and Internet and Mobile Programming at Computer Engineering. Therefore our study group can apply our own knowledge which are learned thanks to courses, on this project.

In this project, we use generally IBM technologies which are DB2 Express C as Database, Websphere Application Server as Application Server and RSA or Eclipse with Worklight as IDE,  with Java Programming language except for hardware modules.

IBM provides very good opportunity to the student for making project like this with not only fund but also resources and  advanced IBM programs with no cost via IBM academic alliance. Thanks to Wendy Murphy and ‘Students for Smarter Planet’ Family for very selfless helping.

We will publish next writing on April 23. Stay Tuned For Our Next Writing.


[1]     Pinar Akan, Deniz Erdinçler, Vecdet Tezcan, Tanju Beger “Yaşlıda İlaç Kullanımı “  Turkish Journal of Geriatrics  Geriatri 2 (1): 33-38, 1999

[2]     Gemma Phillips,  Leandro Galli,  Louise Watson,  Lambert Felix,  Phil Edwards,  Vikram Patel,  Andy Haines, The Effectiveness of Mobile-Health Technology-Based Health Behaviour Change or Disease Management Interventions for Health Care Consumers: A Systematic Review Caroline Free mail, January 15, 2013, PLOS Medicine 2013DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001362

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December 9th, 2013

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Ninja polymers are atoms made from recycled plastic that can kill bacteria and then biodegrade.  IBMers working with the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology figured this out!  Fantastic!

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November 6th, 2013

Our group works on smarter healthcare project. Our task is to find all repetitive sequences in human and rat chromosomes. Those sequences are called ultra conserved elements (UCE) which highly preserved in genome, remaining unchanged for nearly 300 million years. By setting up our own Hadoop Cluster (one master node and seven data nodes), we can run Java MapReduce program on Large Scale Genome DataSet in short period of time. We designed and implemented our Java MapReduce program to obtain UCE and stored it to HBase.

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