Security and Protection – Saving lives with disaster and crisis management

Day after day we read and hear in the media about natural disasters, accidents and terrorist attacks. Such news items are a stark reminder of how vulnerable our society is. The aim of safety researchers is to protect people and the environment from threats as far as possible. In doing so they pursue a long-term approach in order to gain control of all the different phases that occur in a disaster. They focus on early detection, prevention, direct protection and quickly overcoming the consequences of an incident.

Sicherheit und Vorsorge


RAWIS protects rescuers during emergencies

Every minute counts when buried and seriously injured people have to be found and rescued in an emergency situation. Thanks to its continuous monitoring ability, RAWIS supports the rescue workers in these highly dangerous situations by providing timely and individual warnings prior to a potential debris collapse.

Saving lives with SENEKA

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Five Fraunhofer institutes from different disciplines have teamed up for the Beyond Tomorrow project SENEKA – a sensor network with mobile robots for disaster management. The aim is to create a reliable and flexible system for saving human lives in an emergency, using sensors, communication technology elements and robots.

KATWARN – the local warning and information system for the public

KATWARN is a warning system that not only informs people that there IS a risk, but also tells them HOW to respond to it, based on their actual physical location. Developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS in Berlin in cooperation with public-sector insurers, KATWARN is already in operation in various rural districts and cities in Germany, such as Hamburg and Berlin.

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Fraunhofer Group for Defense and Security

This group has been formed by Fraunhofer institutes as a means of coordinating their research activities and defining common goals in the area of »Defense and Security«.