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


Personal Safety for Major Events: IMSK

The continuously evolving threat of unpredictable terrorist activity demands the innovative application of existing and developing technology for the protection of the EU’s citizens. The Integrated Mobile Security Kit (IMSK) project will combine technologies for area surveillance; checkpoint control; CBRNE detection and support for VIP protection into a mobile system for rapid deployment at venues and sites (hotels, sport/festival arenas, etc) which temporarily need enhanced security.

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.

XP-DITE – Accelerated Checkpoint Design Integration Test and Evaluation

The XP-DITE project brings together 13 organisations across Europe to develop, demonstrate and validate a comprehensive, passenger-centred, outcomefocused, system-level approach to the design and evaluation of airport security checkpoints. XP-DITE will allow airports, checkpoint designers and regulators to incorporate a wide range of requirements and evaluate checkpoint performance against system-level security, cost, throughput, passenger satisfaction and ethical factors. The result will be robust security performance, whilst giving airports the freedom to use innovative procedures and technology to improve passenger convenience and reduce delays.

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Intercepting asteroids to avoid Armageddon

Der Barringer-Krater in Arizona
© Stefan Seip/DLR

It sounds like the script for a Hollywood film: a giant meteorite from outer space heading straight for the Earth and threatening the destruction of mankind. And yet such a scenario does represent a real threat to our planet, as researchers reckon that we can expect an asteroid to collide with Earth every few hundred years. That is why the European-funded research project NEOShield was set up.

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An accurate way of predicting landslides

© Fraunhofer IOSB

A landslide can seriously injure or even kill people. Now, a new early warning system will be the fi rst to employ geological data in tandem with the latest weather forecasts to provide a concrete warning in emergency situations.

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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Orientation in smoke-filled or complex buildings is often difficult, which then makes it virtually impossible to locate emergency responders who are in urgent need of help. It is therefore imperative to better protect the life and health of firefighters and emergency managers in such situations. The purpose of the Sensprocloth collaborative project is to develop technologies that support command staff during firefighting operations and can trigger action to assist and rescue emergency responders and managers in distress.

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PRISMS – PRIvacy and Security MirrorS

The PRISMS project will analyse the traditional trade-off model between privacy and security and devise a more evidence-based perspective for reconciling privacy and security, trust and concern. It will examine how technologies aimed at enhancing security are subjecting citizens to an increasing amount of surveillance and, in many cases, causing infringements of privacy and fundamental rights.

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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«.