Prometeo monitors firefighter health with IoT platform

As firefighters risk their lives to help us during times of crisis, they're not only at risk of severe burns, but immediate and long-term health impacts from the smoke and toxins they inhale. The Prometeo team, featuring a nurse, an ex-firefighter, and developers, won the 2019 Call for Code Global Challenge with their IoT solution to monitor the toxins firefighters are exposed to.

From ideation to field deployment

The original three team members met through work and expanded to include a firefighter and nurse they met on their first independent field test. They took their project through various iterations before finally winning Call for Code in 2019 and are now field testing the solution in their native Spain.

See the milestones that have defined Team Prometeo's journey: Ideation, winning the 2019 Call for Code Global Challenge , and deploying with Code and Response.

Before they became Prometeo

IBM and David Clark Cause launch Call for Code, a new five-year program designed to inspire developers to solve pressing global problems with sustainable software solutions.

Developers Salomé Valero, Marco Emilio Rodriguez Serrano, and Josep Rafols are working together at the same IT company and have no idea how much their lives will change.

Jan
2018
May
2018

A chance encounter

Valero, Serrano, and Padró hear about Call for Code at an IBM Cloud event in Madrid and decide to immediately answer the call. Their idea is to help the firefighters who are working to put out ongoing wildfires in the high-risk area of Catalonia. Within a few weeks, they are ready to test their prototype at their local fire station. They meet Joan Herrera, one of the firefighters at the station, who helps test the prototype and educates the team on wildfires.


Herrera made us understood that we knew about technology but nothing about wildfires.


- Valero

The first solution for the 2018 Call for Code Global Challenge

With some updates after their field test, Valero, Serrano, and Padró submit their solution to the 2018 Call for Code Global Challenge. Their initial solution is two-fold: measuring the fire load of homes and providing recommendations to improve and reduce risk; and in case of wildfire emergencies, helping residents make an informed decision on whether to stay confined indoors or to evacuate the city.

Aug
2018
Oct
2018

Disappointed but not defeated

Though Prometeo does not win in 2018, there are many key takeaways from the experience: using open source technology and IBM services to develop their code, testing their prototype, and most importantly knowing that their code can contribute to solving a global issue.

New year, new focus

With the experience of creating and submitting a solution in 2018, the team rethinks their strategy. Looking ahead to the 2019 Call for Code Global Challenge, they take Herrera's advice to understand the problem, not just the technology and invite him to join Team Prometeo. The team also invites Vicenç Ferrés Padró, a nurse who Herrera had been working with closely for many years to address firefighters' health.


We wanted to help firefighters and resolve a real problem they have: the cumulative effect of smoke and toxic substances they breathe. The main point here was the multidisciplinary and the skills in different areas: emergencies, health and technology.



- Valero

Awaiting the judging results

After submitting and awaiting the winner announcement for Call for Code, Prometeo are not idle. The team work on their solution during the Spanish summer, a high-risk period for forest wildfires. They continue working with firefighters in the area and developing the sensors, adding an additional carbon monoxide detector.

Early
2019
Jul
2019
Aug-Oct
2019
Oct
2019

Resubmitting with a streamlined approach

With two new team members and a renewed focus on firefighters, Prometeo iterates and improves on the solution, with an added benefit of working with end users and a health expert. The team takes advantage of their previous experience using IBM Cloud services and add new open source technologies and IBM services to their 2019 solution, most notably the IoT Platform, Node-RED, and Kubernetes.

Prometeo wins Call for Code 2019 Global Challenge

The Prometeo team are announced as grand prize winners of the 2019 Call for Code Global Challenge. The team receives a $200,000 cash prize, open source project support from The Linux Foundation, meetings with investors and mentors, and solution implementation support through the IBM Code and Response initiative. The team also wins the People's Choice award, where thousands of voters choose Prometeo as their favorite solution.

First deployment with Code and Response

After winning in October 2019, Prometeo works closely with an ecosystem of technical and subject matter experts as part of the IBM Code and Response initiative, which helps deploys top Call for Code solutions. The first field test is conducted at the Barcelona GRAF Department.

Watch full video

A temporary setback but continued progress on the horizon

After the first successful test in Barcelona, the team plans on two additional deployments for 2020. However, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, these deployments are on hold. In the meantime, Prometeo are still working to expand on their solution with an improved IoT sensor device and software platform. The team are setting their sights on Australia and California, both wildfire hotspots.

Feb
2020
March
2020
April
2020

Turning their cash prize into something good

As the global prize winners of Call for Code, Prometeo takes their $200,000 cash prize to launch their own startup called Prometeo Platform SL with the hopes of expanding on their mission: helping firefighters preserve their health while in the line of duty.

How you can get involved

You could be the next Prometeo. Answer the call and submit your ideas to address COVID-19 or climate change by July 31, 2020.

Prometeo uses IoT to protect firefighter health

Firefighters risk their lives to help us during times of crisis, inhaling smoke and toxins during fires that can impact their health. The Prometeo team, featuring a nurse, an ex-firefighter and developers, won the 2019 Call for Code Global Challenge with their IoT solution to monitor the toxins firefighters are exposed to.

From ideation to field deployment

The original three team members met through work, and expanded to include a firefighter and nurse they met on their first independent field test. They took their project through various iterations before finally winning Call for Code in 2019 and are now field testing the solution in their native Spain.

See the milestones that have defined Team Prometeo's journey: Ideation, winning the 2019 Call for Code Global Challenge , and deploying with Code and Response.

Jan
2018

Before they became Prometeo

IBM and DCC launch Call for Code, a new five-year program designed to inspire developers to solve pressing global problems with sustainable software solutions.

Developers Salomé Valero, Marco Emilio Rodriguez Serrano, and Josep Rafols are working together at the same IT company and have no idea how much their lives will change.

May
2018

A chance encounter

Valero, Serrano, and Padró hear about Call for Code at an IBM Cloud event in Madrid and decide to immediately answer the call. Their idea is to help the firefighters who are working to put out ongoing fires in the high-risk area of Catalonia. Within a few weeks, they are ready to test their prototype at their local fire station. One of the firefighters, Joan Herrera, helps test the prototype and educates the team on wildfires.


He (Herrera) made us understood that we knew about technology but nothing about wildfires.
Aug
2018

The first solution for the 2018 Call for Code Global Challenge

With some updates after their field test, Valero, Serrano, and Padró submit their solution to the 2018 Call for Code Global Challenge. Their initial solution is two-fold: measuring the fire load of homes and providing recommendations to improve and reduce risk; and in case of wildfire emergencies, helping residents make an informed decision on whether to stay indoors in confinement or to evacuate the city.

Oct
2018

Disappointed but not defeated

Though Prometeo do not win in 2018, there are many key takeaways from the experience: from developing code with open source and IBM services, to testing their prototype, and most importantly knowing that their code can contribute to solving a global problem.

Early
2019

New year, new focus

With the experience of creating and submitting a solution in 2018, the team rethinks their strategy. Heeding Herrera's advice to understand the problem, not just the tech, they invite him to join Team Prometeo with their eyes on the 2019 Call for Code Global Challenge. The team also invites Vicenç Ferrés Padró, a nurse who Herrera had been working with closely for many years to address firefighters' health.

We wanted to help firefighters and resolve a real problem they have: the cumulative effect of smoke and toxic substances they breathe. The main point here was the multidisciplinary and the skills in different areas: emergencies, health and technology."


-Valero
Jul
2019

Resubmitting with a streamlined approach

With two new team members and a renewed focus on firefighters, Prometeo iterates and improves on the solution, with an added benefit of working with end users and a health expert. The team takes advantage of their previous experience using IBM Cloud services and add new open source technologies and IBM services to their 2019 solution, most notably the IoT Platform, Node-RED, and Kubernetes.

Aug-Oct
2019

Awaiting the judging results

After submitting and awaiting the winner announcement for Call for Code, Prometeo are not idle. The team work on their solution during the Spanish summer, a high-risk period for forest wildfires. They continue working with firefighters in the area and developing the sensors, adding an additional carbon monoxide detector.

Oct
2019

Prometeo wins Call for Code 2019 Global Challenge

The Prometeo team are announced as grand prize winners of the 2019 Call for Code Global Challenge. The team receive a $200,000 cash prize, open source project support from the Linux Foundation, meetings with investors and mentors, and solution implementation support through the IBM Code and Response initiative. The team also win the People's Choice award, where thousands of voters choose Prometeo as their favorite solution.

Feb
2020

First deployment with Code and Response

After winning in October, Prometeo work closely with an ecosystem of technical and subject matter experts as part of the IBM Code and Response initiative, which helps deploys top Call for Code solutions. The first field test is conducted at the Barcelona GRAF Department.

Watch full video
Mar
2020

Turning their huge cash prize into something good

As the global prize winners of Call for Code, Prometeo earned some serious cash: $200,000 usd in prize money. With their earnings, the team launch their own startup called Prometeo Platform SL with the hopes of expanding on their mission: helping firefighters preserve their health while in the line of duty.

Apr
2020

A temporary setback but continued progress on the horizon

After the first successful test in Barcelona, the team plans on two additional deployments for 2020. However, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, these deployments are on hold. In the meantime, Prometeo are still working to expand on their solution with an improved IoT sensor device and software platform. The team have their sights on Australia and California, both wildfire hotspots.

How you can get involved

You could be the next Prometeo. Answer the call and submit your ideas to address COVID-19 or climate change by July 31, 2020.

Prometeo uses IoT to protect firefighter health

As firefighters risk their lives to help us during times of crisis, they’re not only at risk of severe burns, but the smoke and toxins they inhale impacts their health. The Prometeo team, featuring a nurse, an ex-firefighter and developers, won the 2019 Call for Code Global Challenge with their IoT solution to monitor the toxins firefighters are exposed to.

From ideation to field deployment

The original three team members met through work, and expanded to include a firefighter and nurse they met on their first independent field test. They took their project through various iterations before finally winning Call for Code in 2019 and are now field testing the solution in their native Spain.

See the milestones that have defined Team Prometeo's journey: Ideation, winning the 2019 Call for Code Global Challenge , and deploying with Code and Response.

Jan 2018

Before they became Prometeo

IBM and DCC launch Call for Code, a new five-year program designed to inspire developers to solve pressing global problems with sustainable software solutions.

Developers Salomé Valero, Marco Emilio Rodriguez Serrano, and Vicenç Ferrés Padró are working together at the same IT company and have no idea how much their lives will change.

May 2018

A chance encounter

Valero, Serrano, and Padró hear about Call for Code at an IBM Cloud event in Madrid and decide to immediately answer the call. Their idea is to help the firefighters who are working to put out ongoing fires in the high-risk area of Catalonia. Within a few weeks, they are ready to test their prototype at their local fire station. One of the firefighters, Joan Herrera, helps test the prototype and educates the team on wildfires.


He (Herrera) made us understood that we knew about technology but nothing about wildfires.
Aug 2018

The first solution for the 2018 Call for Code Global Challenge

With some updates after their field test, Valero, Serrano, and Padró submit their solution to the 2018 Call for Code Global Challenge. Their initial solution is two-fold: measuring the fire load of homes and providing recommendations to improve and reduce risk; and in case of wildfire emergencies, helping residents make an informed decision on whether to stay indoors in confinement or to evacuate the city.

-Valero
Oct 2018

Disappointed but not defeated

Though Prometeo do not win in 2018, there are many key takeaways from the experience: from developing code with open source and IBM services, to testing their prototype, and most importantly knowing that their code can contribute to solving a global problem.

Early 2019

New year, new focus

With the experience of creating and submitting a solution in 2018, the team rethinks their strategy. Heeding Herrera's advice to understand the problem, not just the tech, they invite him to join Team Prometeo with their eyes on the 2019 Call for Code Global Challenge. The team also invites Vicenç Ferrés Padró, a nurse who Herrera had been working with closely for many years to address firefighters' health.

We wanted to help firefighters and resolve a real problem they have: the cumulative effect of smoke and toxic substances they breathe. The main point here was the multidisciplinary and the skills in different areas: emergencies, health and technology.
Jul 2019

Resubmitting with a streamlined approach

With two new team members and a renewed focus on firefighters, Prometeo iterates and improves on the solution, with an added benefit of working with end users and a health expert. The team takes advantage of their previous experience using IBM Cloud services and add new open source technologies and IBM services to their 2019 solution, most notably the IoT Platform, Node-RED, and Kubernetes.

Aug-Oct 2019

Awaiting the judging results

After submitting and awaiting the winner announcement for Call for Code, Prometeo are not idle. The team work on their solution during the Spanish summer, a high-risk period for forest wildfires. They continue working with firefighters in the area and developing the sensors, adding an additional carbon monoxide detector.

Oct 2019

Prometeo wins Call for Code 2019 Global Challenge

The Prometeo team are announced as grand prize winners of the 2019 Call for Code Global Challenge. The team receive a $200,000 cash prize, open source project support from the Linux Foundation, meetings with investors and mentors, and solution implementation support through the IBM Code and Response initiative. The team also win the People's Choice award, where thousands of voters choose Prometeo as their favorite solution.

Feb 2020

First deployment with Code and Response

After winning in October, Prometeo work closely with an ecosystem of technical and subject matter experts as part of the IBM Code and Response initiative, which helps deploys top Call for Code solutions. The first field test is conducted at the Barcelona GRAF Department.

Watch full video
Mar 2020

Turning their huge cash prize into something good

As the global prize winners of Call for Code, Prometeo earned some serious cash: $200,000 usd in prize money. With their earnings, the team launch their own startup called Prometeo Platform SL with the hopes of expanding on their mission: helping firefighters preserve their health while in the line of duty.

Apr 2020

A temporary setback but continued progress on the horizon

After the first successful test in Barcelona, the team plans on two additional deployments for 2020. However, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, these deployments are on hold. In the meantime, Prometeo are still working to expand on their solution with an improved IoT sensor device and software platform. The team are setting their sights on Australia and California, both wildfire hotspots.

How you can get involved

You could be the next Prometeo. Answer the call and submit your ideas to address COVID-19 or climate change by July 31, 2020.