Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience
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The medical advances being made today with sensors reminds me of when, as a kid, I watched with rapt attention the movie Fantastic Voyage.

Sensors can monitor implants as they heal or detect early signs of organ rejection after a transplant. A sensor in the human brain could even help people control a prosthesis or use assistive technologies such as wheelchairs.

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The human sensor industry is in its infancy, is this something you could contribute to?

The advantage of being able to constantly collect data about someone’s health would keep hospital costs down by catching diseases early and helping the ill or elderly manage their own health between doctors’ visits.

More about the advances of this technology

Who knows? In a decade, we may all be wearing microchips.  After all, this microchip technology already exists in many of our pets.

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May 21st, 2014

This finger print reader is capacitive.

This finger print reader is capacitive.

After Moy and Alex have been making a huge research about the different types of finger print reaaders.

We focus in two types of finger print.

The first one is the optical reflexive finger print reader and the other one is the capacitive finger print reader.

Let’s remember that goatee has to avoid fraud and thief because of not recognized charges in credit and debit cards.

The most important headline is that the optical reflexive finger print reader, reads the lines of your print. This one doesn’t work for us because we have to assure the security, and thinking in a bad way, what would it happen if someone cut off your finger?, he will use it to authorize shopping.

That’s why we selected the capacitive finger print reader.

The capacitive finger print reader reads the lines of your finger print and more over uses the blood vessel walls as a tool. This finger print reader sends rays of light and they are reflected by the blood vessel walls. To make this happen the finger has to be “lived”.  This is why we selected the capacitive finger print reader.


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March 18th, 2014

We have got the P.O.S.

We have got the P.O.S.

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January 16th, 2014

The idea of creating Goatee came from one of our friends and the situation she had to face: her wallet was stolen, at this moment, she called to her bank to ask to cancelled her card; unfortunately it was late, somebody had already bought some stuff at wal-mart.

She tried to get her money back, so she asked for the recipe and when she saw it, she noticed that the sign was not hers.

At this point, she could not do anything at all.

According to the CONDUSEF (because of the acronyms in Spanish) “Comisión Nacional para la Protección y Defensa de los Usuarios de Servicios Financieros” -National Commission to Protect and Defend the Users of Financial Services- from January to June in 2013, there were 2.2 million of complains against 30 banks in Mexico, the amount complained was for $ 6,132,984,797.

The reasons were 58% because of not recognized charges.

The most common producto to cause this situation were the credit card (78%) and the debit card (22%)

The most common channels were  ATM’s (12%) and POS’s (48%).

This situation asked for better actions to AVOID it.

That’s why we created Goatee.




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Last year the IBM Students for a Smarter Planet initiative in Mexico released The IBM Cyber Security Challenge (  in which we had 18 different project submissions from more than 10 different Universities across the Country and more than 200 registered students.

The mexican universities were invited by IBM to make the world a smarter planet focused on Cybersecurity. We had a great nationwide media coverage, allowing us to have registered students from most of the nation geographies in the challenge.

We have the pleasure to congratulate again the winners of the challenge: ITESM Campus Toluca (Goattee), Universidad Autonoma de Queretaro (Cloud Medical Records) and ITESM Campus Ciudad de Mexico (Skoop)!

We’ll look forward to read more details about your, projects their progress and experiences in our blog.

Way to go!

More about the winning projects:

Goatee at Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Toluca
The project, called “Goatee” is an authentication system that provides security to a client when they are making transactions, restricting to the client only the ability to make transactions. This is intended to avoid credit card theft and fraud. It works by a digital finger print reader, which is used as a key to have access to the debit or credit card. Banks benefit by decreasing losses due to fraud and card theft, while providing a real security system to the client.
Cloud Medical Records at the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro
Students proposed to create a Data Recorder system with cloud storage using RFID sensor technology. The system is intended to centralize all one’s medical records in one place for security and access regardless of time and place, allowing for search of your information and fast access to your personal information. It is desired to connect your home measurement devices to have medical tracing day by day as well.
Skop at the Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Ciudad de México
The Project Skop is an application for mobile devices that will provide the users information about their surroundings, especially about their friends, their relatives and different objects and places. The user will be able to access this information in a intuitive and quick way, by the use of augmented reality through their mobile and using an innovative “flare” system that can be added and removed at any time.

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