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AI-Based Firefighter Safety Startup Wins IBM Call for Code Challenge


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Prometeo's device monitors firefighters' exposure to heat, humidity, and smoke.

Spanish firefighter safety startup Prometeo received the top honor in IBM's Call for Code Global Challenge.

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IBM named the winners of this year's Call for Code Global Challenge, with Spanish firefighter safety startup Prometeo receiving the top honor for an artificial intelligence solution based on IBM’s Watson question-answering computer.

Prometeo developed a smartphone-sized device that straps to a firefighter’s arm to measure temperature, smoke, and humidity, with color signals reflecting the wearer's health. Green signals normal health, but yellow or red alert the command center to immediately take action.

The $200,000 first-place award will help underwrite Prometeo's tests of the device in Spain.

The Indian/Chinese/American company Sparrow was awarded second prize in the competition for its platform that addresses physical and psychological stress during natural disasters.

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