Approved joint projects funded through the "KMU-innovative" programm for innovative SMEs

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs or, in German, “KMUs”) are at the forefront of technological progress in many areas but they often have difficulty coping with the risks cutting-edge research entails. With this in mind, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) introduced the “KMU-innovativ” funding programme to promote high-risk R&D projects and thus foster SME innovation in Germany.

KMU-innovativ / vm

Cutting-edge research gives SMEs the opportunity to enjoy commercial success with new products and processes. These companies are particularly flexible and fast when it comes to tapping new markets, especially in new areas of research, where speed is of the essence. Within the framework of the Federal Government's "Research for civil security" programme about 40 percent of the project partners are companies, 60 percent of them are SMEs.


Ongoing joint projects:

AUTUKAR: Highly automated tunnel monitoring for disaster management and day-to-day operation

Auto bei der Fahrt durch einen Straßentunnel

Funding codes  13N13874 to 13N13876

Germany has more than 250 tunnels on its trunk roads alone – a road network that is of immense importance to industry and the public. The aim of the AUTUKAR project is to create a support system for tunnel traffic management centres to give staff a better overview of the traffic situation in the tunnel. The key concept in this new system is a high-quality visualisation of the current traffic situation throughout the entire tunnel. This is achieved by electronically evaluating the images from all the video cameras and producing a virtual, three-dimensional view of the tunnel, including all the vehicles inside it.

AUTUKAR project outline (pdf) (only available in German) 


EffFeu: Efficient operation of unmanned aerial vehicles for industrial fire fighters

Brandinspektion von kritischen Infrastrukturen zur Gefahreneinschätzung aus der Luft. Maccolini

Funding codes  13N14092 to 13N14094

Large industrial facilities usually have IT-supported fire and safety management systems in place for firefighting purposes. In the event of an alarm, it is practically impossible to assess the overall situation, especially on large sites, due to factors such as cameras not being installed throughout the site. The EffFeu project aims to develop a system that will use unmanned aerial vehicles fitted with cameras or chemical sensors to locate potential hazards in large areas, collect relevant information and forward it to the response team.

EffFeu project outline (pdf) (only available in German)


MIREX: Miniaturised IR spectrometer for swift detection of explosive gases in scenarios in which the hazard situation is unknown

Rettungskraft mit schwerer Feuerwehreinsatzkleidung bei der Brandbekämpfung.

Gesellschaft für Gerätebau mbH

Funding codes  13N14035 to 13N14037

Explosive and combustible gases pose a difficult-to-estimate risk for firefighters and other emergency services. However, they can only take appropriate action if they have a reliable assessment of the situation. The MIREX project is developing a portable, economy-priced device that detects explosive and combustible gases reliably and rapidly and warns the emergency services accordingly. The idea is that it will be worn on the emergency service personnel’s clothing and automatically emit an acoustic signal when a hazardous situation is detected.

MIREX project outline (pdf) (only available in German)


MoPlasDekon: Mobile plasma technology for protection against biological hazards in epidemic-stricken areas

Dekontamination von Helfern in Schutzanzügen

Rafael Ben-Ari /

Funding codes  13N14127 to 13N14129

In crisis zones hit by an epidemic, emergency service personnel need to wear special protective suits. After use, the suits are treated with harmful chemicals before being removed. This is done to kill any pathogens that have become attached to the suits and thus to eliminate the risk for the wearer. The aim of the MoPlasDekon project is to develop a novel mobile plasma system for rapid, non-chemical decontamination of contaminated items.

MoPlasDekon project outline (pdf) (only available in German) 


PROMPT: Programmatic selection of immediate response measures in major incidents

Behörden und Organisationen mit Sicherheitsaufgaben benötigen nach Großschadensereignissen zuverlässige Strategien zur Bewältigung

k_rahn /

Funding codes  13N14138 and 13N14139

In major incidents, reconnaissance is a lengthy, complex process and it often takes quite some time before sufficient information about the situation is available and an effective response strategy can be drawn up. The objective behind the PROMPT project is to shorten the time it takes to initiate targeted rescue measures. This is to be done by means of automated collection and aggregation of information about the situation from a variety of sources, making it possible to generate a comprehensive overview of the situation very quickly and to evaluate that overview automatically to determine the extent of the damage.

PROMPT project outline (pdf) (only available in German)


TAMMOS: Partially autonomous machinery and logistics for mobile flood control

Provisorischer Deich zum Schutz vor Überflutung durch Hochwasser.

PhotographyByMK /

Funding codes  13N14090 and 13N14091

Flooding incidents in recent years have demonstrated that existing protective measures are not always sufficient to withstand extreme rises in water levels. Despite the large numbers of personnel deployed, it was not always possible to prevent the flooding. The TAMMOS project aims to develop a new flood control system, which will fill fabric tubes with sand so that they can be used to build or repair flood defence barriers. The partial automation of the system, including the supply of the necessary building materials, is intended to enable damaged barriers to be mended as well, without causing unnecessary risk for the emergency service personnel. 

More information (only available in German)


TeD: Fabric-based solution for securing flood barriers

THW-Helferin bei der Deichsicherung

SKL GmbH / Andreas Stommel

Funding codes  13N13887 and 13N13888

Flood response measures usually involve a large number of sandbags being used to secure flood defence barriers. However, this technique has its limitations if the flooding is extensive. In the state of Saxony alone, there were 40 barrier ruptures during the flooding in June 2013 – despite 10 million sandbags and 72,000 m² of protective film. The aim of the TeD research project is to design a fabric-based modular system for active protection of flood barriers that are already in place but are at risk of collapsing.

TeD project outline (pdf) (only available in German)


Completed joint projects:

ADEPT: Development and testing of security strategies and systems for secure parking processes

Lkw-Transporte sind vor allem nachts während der Abstellphase durch Überfälle bedroht.

Funding codes  13N12882 to 13N12885

Each year, the European economy loses more than 8 billion euros due to lorries and trucks (“HGVs”) being raided while on the road and the loads being stolen from parked HGVs. At the moment, HGVs on the road are only protected if they are carrying expensive goods, as in the case of valuable metals, because the costs involved are very high. The ADEPT project is working on a comprehensive security strategy for HGV transportation, focusing particularly on parked HGVs. The aim is to be able to detect unauthorised access to the cargo area by automated means. The strategy will be designed for wide-scale use so that a network of secure transport routes and parking areas can be set up.

ADEPT project outline (pdf) (only available in German)


AKTOR: Simulation-based training to accelerate the crisis management process Awareness training for organisations for the purpose of crisis prevention and management

Mitarbeiter in einem modernen Kontrollraum NSEA

Funding codes  13N12375 to 13N12376

Critical infrastructure sites are the lifeline of modern society. The AKTOR project developed a crisis simulation system to provide training for people who work at critical infrastructure sites to raise their awareness of and help them deal with unexpected events. The aim was to enable them to identify potential risks early on and to respond flexibly and appropriately in a crisis.

More information (only available in German)


AnALyT: Automated on-site pathogen analysis for food and drinking water

Einweg-Testträger zur Prüfung von Lebensmitteln.

Daniel Mark/HSG-IMIT

Funding codes 13N11378 to 13N11380

The AnALyT project focused on developing a device for fast, automated and cost-efficient on-site monitoring of foods to detect pathogens. The list of pathogens to be checked for was compiled in such a ways as to be able to detect both wilful introduction of viruses or bacteria and microbiological contamination (due to accidents or incorrect handling, for instance). The device can examine both liquid samples, such as milk, water or fizzy drinks, and solid food samples, such as minced meat..

More information (only available in German)


B-Pathogen-Panel: Development of real-time PCR-based test kits for point-of-care diagnosis of security-relevant pathogens

Die schnelle Diagnose sicherheitsrelevanter Erreger kann Leben retten. Reh

Funding codes 13N11324 to 13N11328

If there are suspected cases of people being infected with a dangerous pathogen in an attack, swift and precise identification of the pathogen plays an essential role in improving their chances of recovery. Present identification tests are extremely time-consuming and are usually only possible in special laboratories. The B-Pathogen-Panel project developed a miniaturised system for rapid, unique identification of pathogens in suspected cases of infection, following a terrorist attack, for example. The convenient-to-use, inexpensive device is designed to significantly cut analysis times using an electrochemical identification method.

More information (only available in German)


Brandi: New detector to improve safety by means of early fire detection

Neue Brandmelder sollen frühzeitiger als bisher warnen. / bbostjan

Förderkennzeichen 13N12818 to 13N12820

Fires caused by carelessness or technical defects are a common occurrence. In heavily frequented places, such as airports, stations, stadiums or mass transportation systems, even a small fire can have disastrous consequences and result in significant injuries and damage. The Brandi project developed a highly sensitive measuring system that facilitates early detection of fires and detection of hazardous substances, enabling fires to be detected earlier than is possible with conventional technology.

Brandi project outline (pdf) (only available in German)  


Denaid: Mobile platform for efficient detection of explosives

Funktionsschema eines SERS-Substrats: Regelmäßig angeordnete Goldpartikel verstärken lokal das einfallende und mit Molekülen interagierende Licht.

Laser-Laboratorium Göttingen e.V.

Funding codes 13N11772 to 13N11776

The risk of terrorist attack can be reduced by detecting and identifying explosives concealed about people’s bodies or minor residues on clothing or luggage before they can do harm. The Denaid joint project developed a transportable detection platform that combines three complementary measurement techniques to be able to detect a variety of explosives automatically. A software-based infrastructure was also created for the detection platform in order to facilitate rapid responses to threats posed by new explosives. Once the project is finished, the plan is to come up with a version that can be marketed to authorities with a security role, such as the police, customs offices and Germany’s Federal Criminal Police (Bundeskriminalamt).

More information (only available in German)


DETORBA: Method for analysing detonation effects in urban areas

Druckwellenausbreitung im 3D-Stadtmodell

TU München / virtualcitySYSTEMS GmbH

Funding codes 13N12663 to 13N12665

Bomb finds from World War 2 and threats of terrorist attack present a challenge for emergency service personnel and town planners alike. The DETORBA project aimed to help by developing a method with which the effects of explosions in urban areas can be simulated. The technique is intended to facilitate analysis of the structural protection at infrastructure sites and to help optimise any necessary evacuation measures.

More information (only available in German)


DiregKomp: Service and models for joint organisation of security services

Gesundes Trinkwasser aus der Leitung William Nielsen

Funding codes 13N11322 and 13N11323

Water supply is an essential part of our infrastructure and, as such, it must be protected against natural risks, human error, technical failure and criminal or terrorist interference. To ensure optimum preparation for incidents and critical emergencies, all supply infrastructure operators need to have special measures and strategies in place. The goal of the DiregKomp project was to provide systematic support, particularly for small and medium-sized water companies, for efforts to optimise security-relevant tasks. The aim was to achieve this by identifying any security-relevant tasks that did not have to be performed by each and every operator and evolving them into services that could be offered by a joint centre of excellence.

More information (only available in German)


DIVE: Rapid, on-site system for detecting security-relevant substances using an ion mobility spectrometer with a VUV multipass cell for single-photon ionisation

Darstellung unterschiedlicher Gefahrstoffe

Optimare Analytik GmbH & Co. KG

Funding codes 13N11373 to 13M11377

The DIVE project developed a mobile system for on-site detection of chemical substances. It is thought that the system could be used by the fire brigade, for analysing gases in chemical accidents, for instance; by the police for forensic purposes; or by customers officers when screening shipping containers. Precise identification is instrumental in ensuring the correct action is taken to tackle incidents and thus protect the lives of emergency service personnel and the public.

More information (only available in German)


DriEM²: End-to-end reliability in mobile manipulator applications

Mobiler Manipulator im Übungseinsatz

Roboterwerk Gmbh

Funding codes 13N11814 to 13N11817

When faced with a hazardous situation brought on by, for example, leaked biological, chemical or radioactive substances, emergency service personnel must be able to assess it quickly and correctly so that they can take the right steps to counter it. Samples of the substances, of the type taken by remote-controlled robots (or “mobile manipulators”) for instance, can be useful in this process. The DriEM² project investigated mobile robot systems for handling suspicious items or measuring the properties of samples.

More information (only available in German)


ePID: A new type of multi-sensor for firefighters’ personal protective equipment

Gefahrstofferkennung bei der Feuerwehr

Gesellschaft für Gerätebau mbH, Dortmund

Founding codes 13N12411 and 13N12412

Reliable systems for detecting and identifying hazardous substances in ambient air can both support and protect firefighters and civil protection officers in their civil security activities. The objective behind the ePID project was to come up with a sensor principle that identifies airborne toxic substances very selectively and detects even tiny quantities of them. The research incorporated user requirements and lessons learned in tests under real-life conditions.

More information (only available in German)


GRIPS: GIS-based risk assessment and incident preparation system


Founding codes 13N11381 to 13N11383

Simulating natural disasters or major accidents, such as a storm surge in Hamburg or an industrial accident in Essen, makes it easier to understand the complexity of what happens during a major incident. The GRIPS joint project used the results of such simulation to develop software to supply information on the usability of infrastructure that might have been affected by the incident. The intention was to enable authorities and organisations that perform security tasks to respond to changed circumstances, such as flooded evacuation routes. An additional aim was to use the data for dynamic evacuation route management and communicate it to the public by way of, for example, public announcement systems or mobile telephones in order to optimise evacuation.

More information (only available in German)


iBePol: Intelligent clothing for police and security operations

Polizeiliche Einsatzkräfte

Förderkennzeichen 13N11410 to 13N11414 and 13N11577

Based on the maxim that people who protect the public should have the best possible protection themselves, the iBePol project sought to develop an intelligent clothing system that will increase safety for emergency service personnel during operations by measuring and transmitting vital and environmental parameters. The challenge was to integrate all of the technology into the garments whilst also ensuring a high level of comfort for wearers. This solution would do away with the need to carry additional measurement and detection systems that might otherwise get in the way during operations. The results of this project were used to evolve innovative clothing designs for various police user groups.

More information (only available in German)


KOORDINATOR: Ubiquitous sensor and information system for firefighters

Der vorrückende Atemschutztrupp wird durch Rauchentwicklung stark behindert.

Universität Siegen

Funding codes 13N11752 to 13N11755

Firefighters are often faced with fire incidents in which they have to search unfamiliar buildings quickly for people trapped there – an immensely strenuous task. Collecting information on such complex and constantly changing response situations poses a major challenge for firefighters wearing respiratory protection. However, the ability for firefighters making their way through buildings and incident commanders to share information is crucial to ensuring an adequate picture of the situation. The goal of the KOORDINATOR project was to improve the communication and cooperation processes between firefighters wearing respiratory protection and incident commanders, using new technology. The pilot system combines units for receiving and transmitting status reports, telemetrics data, situation information and emergency service activity patterns.

More information (only available in German)


MAusKat: Measuring system for the determination of the dispersal of hazardous materials in critical infrastructures and complex buildings for the prevention of civil disasters

Beschilderung eines Notausgangs

Funding codes 13N11673 to 13N11678

The partners on the MAusKat joint project developed  a measuring and analysis system for tracking the spread of gaseous hazardous substances in complex buildings such as airports, department stores or underground networks. The measurements are used for simulations to identify hazard zones and plan new escape and evacuation strategies.

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MOBI DIG: Monitoring biological hazards in the digital society

Das Web als Informationsquelle für den Experten.

Funding codes 13N11970 and 13N11671

Social media users are constantly discussing current issues. In the event of a biological hazard, caused by a pathogen for instance, social media can give an indication of important questions on the minds of the public. For the authorities in charge, providing information about necessary measures such as vaccination or quarantine is just as crucial to successful crisis response as the public reaction to the. The MOBI DIG project produced a monitoring system that scans social media for questions asked by the public. The system is intended to indicate what information the public requires, thus supporting authorities’ crisis communication activities. This also makes post-crisis analysis possible, enabling even better handling of future crises.

More information (only available in German)



ORIMA: Orientation support in the event of an alarm

Ein Alarmsystem in der Schule kann die Sicherheit der SchülerInnen und der Lehrkräfte erhöhen.

Funding codes 13N11852 to 13N11854

Real or threatened shootings at schools are a serious, increasingly common form of violence. The ORIMA project developed a technical solution that combines an alarm, communication and messaging system to improve the handling of acute violent situations, including shootings, on school grounds. The intention was that the overall system will inform pupils and teachers, in particular, plus police and emergency services quickly, comprehensively and reliably and forward instructions for any action to be taken.

More information (only available in German)


RescueLab: IT-supported drill environment for civil protection and emergency service personnel

Feuerwehr übt Großeinsatz.

Feuerwehr Dortmund

Funding codes 13N12564 to 13N12565

During operations, emergency service personnel can be confronted with sudden critical situations at any time. So decisions have to be thought through extremely quickly and soundly. Consequently, emergency service personnel need excellent skills, which they gain through experience and drills. The RescueLab joint project devised an IT system to improve documentation and thus play a key role in ensuring personnel have solid skills. The aim was to make both the drills and the post-drill debriefings even more systematic.

More information (only available in German)


VibroMag: Sensor cable for monitoring airport fences

  Flughäfen müssen vor unbefugtem Betreten geschützt werden. / Tomchat

Funding codes 13N12865 to 13N12868

Infrastructure sites such as airports and power stations need to be protected against unauthorised access but large sites are difficult to secure effectively using perimeter fencing. The VibroMag project is therefore working on a sensor system that could be retrofitted into existing fencing. This would make it easier to secure sites and make them considerably less prone to false alarms.

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Videobahn: Video sled for runway inspection and ground radar

  Flugzeuge im Landeanflug und auf dem Taxiway am Düsseldorfer Flughafen. / saasemen

Funding codes  13N11857 and 13N11858

Flawless runways are essential for safe aviation. The Videobahn project examined how manual runway inspection can be supported, and perhaps even replaced, by innovative technology. The team planned to mount various high-resolution cameras on a sled system, which will be able to inspect the runways and various areas of the manoeuvring area independently and rapidly even when aircraft are in operation.

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VIROSENS: Rapid detection of virus infections using optical biosensor technology

Die sichere Erkennung von viralen Infektionskrankheiten ist überlebenswichtig.

Funding codes 13N12559 and 13N12560

Socioeconomic and climatic changes, increased mobility and population growth have brought a bigger risk of new, rapidly spreading viral illnesses. For patients to receive the right treatment, it is vital that these illnesses be diagnosed early. The aim of the VIROSENS project was to develop a portable biosensor platform for fast detection of viruses and virus-specific antibodies, from sources such as blood, serum or plasma.

More information (only available in German)