- the first is to tackle a concrete challenge on how to increase the safety and reduce risks of first respondersundertaking fire fighting and civil protection work.
- the second is to create a commonly agreed pre-commercial procurement approach that can be deployed and duplicated in the EU and formulate answers for the identified bottlenecks.
Three main ICT- challenges
Firefighting remains a perilous profession. More than 100 firefighters across Europe die in action every year. They lose their way in smoke, become surrounded by a sea of flames, get cut off by sudden rising water, and continually find themselves in dangerous situations. The current ICT-solutions available on the market do not yet provide full satisfaction to reduce these risks. This translates clearly in the innovation expectations from the procurers’ side related to smart monitoring or technological advance in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
To achieve safer European citizens and firefighters, Smart@Fire aims to encourage companies and researchers and provide them with financial means to develop innovative ICT-solutions for PPE with a clear focus on:
- ICT localization systems embedded in Personal Protective Equipment.
- ICT solution for remote connectivity & visualization systems in PPE.
- PPE sensors to measure vital functions and their integration in smart textiles.
To achieve this goal, market consultations will be held to bring together potential suppliers and procurement officers. ICT companies and smart textile experts are strongly encouraged to participate in these market consultations.
The Smart@Fire project (2012-2015) consists of seven workpackages (WP) for a successful completion of the challenging objectives.
- The first three Work Packages focus on the user's needs assessment and innovation expectations of fire fighters, a market consultation followed by the R&D development of a smart fire suit with integrated ICT features to reduce the risks inherent to the profession of fire fighting.
- WP4 focuses on the final joint procurement for the purchase of final products by EU fire fighters brigades.
- In WP5 the used PCP methodology will be consolidated.
- WP6 defines the dissemination actions to reach the intended audience of procurers, enterprises, research centres and policy makers.
- Finally, the management of the project is described in WP7.
For more information please visit our project website at smartatfire.eu