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Providing Fire Fighters with Technology for Excellent Work Safety

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.
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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)

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SABINE GROSS

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 172 450

ACCELVISION GBR*AV ANDREAS SCHNITZER UND HOLGER KUHN GBR

Germany

TEXPORT Handelsgesellschaft m.b.H.

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 316 890

active Photonics AG Visualisierungs-und Kommunikationssysteme

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 296 670

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 388 350

LABOR SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 448 950

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 451 840

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 260 502

TEXCLUBTEC

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 112 997

RINA CONSULTING SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 182 460

ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 245 990

UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 235 001

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 228855

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2009

  • End date

    30 September 2012

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 332 559,07

  • EU contribution

    € 3 996 000

Coordinated by:

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN

Germany