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Sadeem pro­vides flood in­for­ma­tion through sen­sors to con­cerned en­ti­ties, like city plan­ners, mu­nic­i­pal­ity rep­re­sen­ta­tives and emer­gency re­spon­ders to en­able ef­fi­cient al­lo­ca­tion of avail­able re­sources. Ah­mad De­hwah, Mustafa Mousa, Este­ban Canepa and Chris­tian Claudel founded the startup to cut eco­nomic losses caused by floods and build a safer en­vi­ron­ment. The idea of mon­i­tor­ing the pro­gres­sion of flash floods came af­ter the cat­a­strophic Jed­dah floods in 2009, which caused more than a hun­dred ca­su­al­ties. Ca­su­al­ties in such in­stances are of­ten due to the lack of a real-time mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem broad­cast­ing ac­cu­rate flood data, maps and fore­casts to the pub­lic and emer­gency re­spon­ders.

Af­ter five years of re­search, de­vel­op­ment and test­ing at both the King Ab­dul­lah Univer­sity of Sci­ence and Technology (KAUST) and the Univer­sity of Texas Austin, Sadeem was de­vel­oped. Sadeem en­ables of­fi­cials to warn the pub­lic via mes­sages or smart­phone ap­pli­ca­tions, or even control the traf­fic through traf­fic sen­sors. The data gen­er­ated by the sen­sors is avail­able in real time to the city op­er­a­tors and to the pub­lic, in the form of flood prop­a­ga­tion maps and short term fore­casts. Th­ese maps can be vi­su­al­ized on mo­bile de­vices and on­board ve­hi­cles. Sadeem also pro­vides data and ad­vice to sup­port im­por­tant de­ci­sions such as evac­u­a­tion.

In ad­di­tion to win­ning a $30K prize as the best technology-based startup of KAUST, Sadeem is cur­rently ne­go­ti­at­ing with in­vestors for their se­ries A round of in­vest­ment. Be­ing an in­ter­na­tional busi­ness in na­ture, Sadeem in­tends to ex­port its technology world­wide.

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