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Providing Fire Fighters with Technology for Excellent Work Safety

Objective

The aim of project ProFiTex is to support fire fighters in their perilous work with a system that supplies mission-relevant information without overwhelming the fire fighter. The design approach will be user-centered with tests starting at an early point in the project to gain maximum user acceptance. Professional fire fighters will be involved from the beginning of the project to ensure, that the system will be tailored to their needs. Project ProFiTex will continue the work of the successful EU-funded project wearIT@work. The ProFiTex system comprises electronic devices like an infrared camera, localisation sensors and a human-computer interface device integrated into the fire fighters jacket. Since wireless communication is difficult over long distances and through several walls of a building, an innovative method to transmit information will be applied. A security rope carried by fire fighters during a mission shall be equipped with data transmission capabilities. This allows information to be sent outside to the command post and back to the fire fighter. By monitoring several parameters of the fire fighters condition like his movement pattern and stance, problems can be detected immediately. The fire fighter himself is supplied with the possibility to navigate even in smoky environments thanks to the infrared camera and the positioning system implemented into his equipment. Localized information (e.g. “door”, “victim”) can be fed into the system using the garment-integrated human-computer interface device. Information will be displayed to the fire fighters, their group leaders and the commander outside the building. The amount and type of information supplid will be carefully chosen, considering the physical danger and psychic stress fire fighters are opposed to. Work safety of fire fighters shall be increased, thus lowering the number of work-related accidents and casualties. Fire fighting missions will be more efficient using the system.

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2008-SME-2
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)

Coordinator

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 883 900
Administrative Contact
Ernst Schmachtenberg (Prof.)

Participants (12)

SABINE GROSS
Germany
EU contribution
€ 172 450
Address
Am Fallhammer 112
40221 Düsseldorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sabine Gross (Ms.)
ACCELVISION GBR*AV ANDREAS SCHNITZER UND HOLGER KUHN GBR

Participation ended

Germany
Address
Suedallee 2
53424 Remagen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Holger Kuehn (Dr.)
TEXPORT Handelsgesellschaft m.b.H.
Austria
EU contribution
€ 316 890
Address
Franz Sauer Strasse 30
5020 Salzburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nicole Schneider (Ms.)
active Photonics AG Visualisierungs-und Kommunikationssysteme
Austria
EU contribution
€ 296 670
Address
Tirolerstrasse 80
9500 Villach
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Guenter Zimmer (Prof.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 388 350
Address
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christian Breiteneder (Prof.)
LABOR SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 448 950
Address
Via Della Scrofa 117
00186 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alfredo Picano (Mr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 451 840
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Silke Oberle (Ms.)
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 260 502
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gerhard Tröster (Prof.)
TEXCLUBTEC
Italy
EU contribution
€ 112 997
Address
Viale Sarca 223
20126 Milano
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Aldo Tempesti (Mr.)
RINA CONSULTING SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 182 460
Address
Via Cecchi 6
16129 Genova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sara Parodi (Ms.)
ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 245 990
Address
Carrer De La Innovacio 2
08225 Terrassa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Cristina Barragan Yebra (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 235 001
Address
Bailrigg
LA1 4YW Lancaster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Chris Needham (Ms.)