AI-based firefighter safety startup Prometeo wins IBM Call for Code Challenge

During an event at the United Nations Delegates Dining Room in
New York City, IBM unveiled the winners to its annual  Call for
Code Global Challenge. The competition, which is targeted at
computing solutions for global problems, crowned five winners,
ranging from first responders to health care info.

Prometeo took the top price for its Watson-based AI solution
targeted at firefighters. The team, which is lead by a 33-year
firefighting veteran, has developed a tool designed to monitor
health and safety in the industry, both long term and in real-time.
The Spanish startup developed a smartphone-sized device that straps
onto the wearer’s arm to gauge things like temperature, smoke and
humidity.

“If the color signal is green, the health of the firefighter
is okay,” cofounder Salomé Valero explains on IBM’s site.
“But if the color signal is yellow or red, the command center
must do something. They must take immediate action in order to
rescue or remove the firefighter from the fire.”

The team is working to roll out the device for testing in Spain,
but is currently seeking funding for the project. The $200,000
prize from IBM ought to help out a bit.

The second place price went to India/China/US-based Sparrow,
which has developed a platform for addressing physical and
psychological health during natural disasters. U.C.L.A. team, Rove
scored third place with a similar concept.

Call for Code is a five year program that aims to hand out $30
million for teams addressing widespread societal issues.

Source: FS – All Tech News 2
AI-based firefighter safety startup Prometeo wins IBM Call for Code Challenge