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RESISTO - Resilient communication

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The aim of the RESISTO project is the improved resilience of telecommunication infrastructures.

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Urban Security 3D

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A new software helps to evaluate how safe individuals feel in cities.

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Gas-O-Chrom: Combustion gas detection at an early stage

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A consortium of partners from industry and research is developing a warning system for the detection of combustion gases.

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PROMPT - Time is life

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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.

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An abandoned suitcase

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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.

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INACHUS - Support of emergency forces in the case of earthquakes

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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.

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Interview on the DURCHBLICK project

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“Explosives or soap?” – researchers at Fraunhofer EMI work on imaging techniques for the examination of potentially dangerous objects.

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Analysis of the cascade effects in supply networks – software tool CAESAR

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Modern supply networks are highly complex systems that are strongly dependent on other (critical) infrastructure. Disruptions in these networks can result in many diverse effects.

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Hand luggage scanning at the airport: more safety and more comfort

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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.

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Scorecard for the assessment of critical-infrastructure resilience

With partners from the RESLIENS project, Fraunhofer EMI implements a web-based software focussing on practical issues when it comes to the assessment of critical-infrastructure resilience.

 

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Airline passenger screening – judging quality, comfort and efficiency

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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

BESECURE – Best Practice Enhancers for Security in Urban Environments (EU project)

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Urban security is a complex, multidimensional process which emerges from interactions of stakeholders which are getting more and more diverse. Read more

Risk and resilience analyses: risk analysis in terms of urban development

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Figure 1: Result of the threat analysis concerning a city in southwestern Germany (Lörrach).

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

How high is the risk of terrorist attacks on airports?

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At Fraunhofer EMI, we conduct risk analyses for various kinds of infrastructure. Examples also include terrorist attacks on airports. Read more

Resilience indicators

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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

Taurus - transatlantic progress in urban resilience research

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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.