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(Generating simulations to Enable Testing of Alternative routes to improve WAYinding in evacuation of over-ground and underground terminals)

Objective

Efficient evacuation from transport terminals is usually constrained by a lack of detailed knowledge of the geometry. In most cases, the population attempts to evacuate via the way they entered, bypassing or ignoring emergency exits. In serious fires, the inability to locate emergency exits can lead to loss of life as in the Kings Cross Underground Station (1988) and Düsseldorf airport (1996) fires. While terminal staff attempt to direct passengers to the most appropriate exits, they cannot be everywhere throughout the station and they may not be able to reach the population quickly enough. Throughout the world, emergency signage has traditionally been used to address this problem. However, recent research has shown that only 38% of people ‘see’ evacuation signage, even if the sign is located directly in front of them and their vision is unobstructed. GETAWAY will tackle this problem through the design and development of an Intelligent Active Dynamic Signage System (IADSS). Through the introduction of lit, flashing and running signs, the traditional static emergency sign will transformed into a Dynamic Signage System. The increased affordance offered by the DSS will significantly increase the detectability of the emergency exit sign. By linking the DSS to the alarm system, the DSS will only be activated when needed, thereby overcoming the ‘learnt irrelevance’ of emergency signs. Finally, the Active Dynamic Signage System will be linked to an automated system utilising evacuation simulation, CCTV footage and Fire Detection System information to determine the optimal evacuation route as the fire develops, bringing Intelligence to the ADSS. IADSS enables the terminal Incident Manager to direct passengers to the optimal egress route by activating the appropriate signs within the ADSS. The IADSS will be tested and validated through trials in the London Underground and Barcelona Metro. GETAWAY will bring the humble emergency exit sign into the 21st Century.

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2010-RTD-1
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BMT GROUP LTD
Address
Goodrich House Waldegrave Road 1
TW11 8LZ Teddington
United Kingdom

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rory Doyle (Dr.)
EU contribution
€ 434 800,50

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UNIVERSITY OF GREENWICH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 620 137,68
Address
Park Row Greenwich Old Royal Naval College
SE10 9LS London

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Alison Yakub (Ms.)
EVACLITE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 228 921,60
Address
Newhavenenterprise Centre 19
BN9 9BA Newhaven

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Denis Clayson (Mr.)
Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya
Spain
EU contribution
€ 321 180
Address
Carrer Del Cardenal Sentmenat 4
08017 Barcelona

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Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Albert Tortajada Flores (Mr.)
HOCHIKI EUROPE (U.K.) Ltd
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 101 444,83
Address
Grosvenor Road Gillingham Business Park
ME8 0SA Gillingham

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paul Turner (Mr.)
VISION SEMANTICS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 270 018,28
Address
Mile End Road 327
E1 4NS London

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Robert Pieter Koger (Mr.)
LONDON UNDERGROUND LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 35 000,36
Address
Broadway, 55
SW1H 0BD London

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Heidi Clayton (Ms.)
KINGFELL BULGARIA EOOD
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 149 125,38
Address
Ul. Stara Planina 14
4003 Plovdiv

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paul Bryant (Mr.)
BMT TECHMAR NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 1 093,37
Address
Kapelsesteenweg 286
2930 Brasschaat

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jenny Gyngell (Ms.)