The PROMPT project (Programmatic Selection of Immediate Action for the Scheduling of Operations during Major Catastrophic Events) pursues the task of developing a system for comprehensive assessment of the situation that decreases the time between the occurrence of a catastrophic event and the initiation of directed rescue operations.
Bomb disposal squads face a challenging task: Every day, they have to decide very quickly whether a suspicious object is dangerous or not. To do so, robots are important devices. The bilateral project DURCHBLICK wants to make this procedure safer by supplying robots with new detection technologies.
Earthquake events can quickly result in chaotic and unclear situations as well as adverse working conditions for search and rescue teams, as became apparent for example after the earthquake of L’Aquila in 2009. It is imperative to make instant decisions in order to localize potentially trapped individuals.
Computer tomographic (CT) methods are being further developed at EMI in order to increase airport safety. CT offers a good approach to meet the challenging ECAC guidelines for hand luggage scanning.
Security checkpoints are of special importance for the security of airports. Fraunhofer EMI develops a method to evaluate the quality, comfort and efficiency of airport security checkpoints. Read more
In the course of growing threats through terrorist attacks in Europe and Germany, the topic of constructional civil protection against terrorism is becoming ever more crucial. On the one hand, there is more need to quantify the potential hazards and risks posed by terrorist threats, and on the other hand, the constructional civil protection, especially of critical infrastructure, has to be implemented preemptively. Read more
The pilot project “Resilience Indicators for Optimization of Technical Systems” of the Sustainability Center Freiburg is about the determination of technical factors and metrics of resilience, which describe the availability of system performance and its temporal change before and after disruptive events, e.g., caused by environmental influences, subsystem failures or human errors. Read more
The main objective of TAURUS is to increase the visibility of planning and process management solutions for urban resilience, developed at the Sustainability Center Freiburg, in the target region the northeast megalopolis in the US with a special focus on the three cities Boston, MA, New York City, NY and Washington, D. C.