SOS121 is a flood protection system providing citizens with as much information as possible to be prepared in a crisis, after record floods in 2014 saw half of Bosnia and Herzegovina under water, many deaths and thousands of people without power. The project combines IoT devices placed on river banks, a centralized system that processes all data and delivers it to the mobile app and the SOS121 website. Other features include a very attractive and simplified dashboard, an option to see water levels from multiple telemetric units and for users to ask for help, a safety check option and a volunteer database that is managed via the web app by the responsible authority.

Users can apply to become volunteers, can get important information at a glance, including manuals and instructions, and can interact with authorities. Volunteers are filtered by expertise, skills and equipment, ready to be called up for deployment by a central notification system. Targeted communication in real time helps authorities and citizens to prepare for emergencies, avoiding panic, casualties and damage.

Jury Evaluation:

“This project has been picked by the jury because of its interesting open data approach to disaster prevention. Making a network of volunteers a vital part of an ongoing information network not only makes for great redundancy, but also helps to democratize data.
The project provides valuable communication infrastructure in case of emergency, and aims to educate and prepare the population in advance, enabling them to help themselves and others in a more efficient way.” – EYA Grand Jury Report

Mentor Statement:

“The ‘Internet of Things’ is allowing many innovative applications in many fields. Liking all types of sensors through ubiquitous connectivity to the cloud – where analytics take place as well as the definition of specific sometimes predictive actions – will unlock a wealth of new useful experiences. The SOS121 project is a nice illustration of the potential the Internet of things can bring. The project blends nicely latest technological developments, sustainability and cooperation at many levels.”

Marc Vancoppenolle
Global Head of Government Relations | Nokia

Please note that all data refer to the time of winning the Award.