At a glance
The purpose of the Sensprocloth collaborative project is to develop technologies that support command staff during firefighting operations and can trigger action to assist and rescue emergency responders and managers in distress. Project partners have developed a range of systems that make it possible to monitor responders' physiological status while taking account of their surroundings, thus creating a basis for timely support and immediate rescue efforts. Fraunhofer IIS's involvement in the project centers around responder tracking and communication. These capabilities are being achieved through technologies such as angle-of-arrival measurement and inertial sensing. The overall system enables seamless indoor and outdoor tracking of emergency responders, ensuring that effective steps can be taken to help them.
Drawing on its long-standing experience in tracking and communications, Fraunhofer IIS is exploring new avenues to improve the safety of first responders. Project partners include clothing manufacturers, systems integrators and users such as fire departments and emergency managers. The project is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.