Civil security

We are currently involved in the following projects as a partner or associated partner, in particular in cooperation with the Section Anaesthesiological Medical Technology and Information Technology. This project is coordinated by the professional fire department of Aachen.

IKIC  – International Knowledge & Information Centre in public safety

In this teaching and research project, which is funded by InterReg to the tune of approximately 2.8 million euros, a digital e-learning platform as well as joint training courses and so-called experience worlds with the most comprehensive information possible on cross-border cooperation in rescue services, civil protection and fire prevention will be established in order to give both the citizens in the region and the emergency services and administrative staff the opportunity to work together even better in the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion.

The University Hospital RWTH Aachen and the Aachen professional fire brigade are involved as project partners.

Further information on the research project can be found here:


The project VirtualDisaster is a new research project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. This project is coordinated by the Aachen Fire Brigade. The Chair of Anaesthesiology of the RWTH (tele-EMS system), the Institute of Flight System Dynamics (drones) as well as the Chair of Computer Graphics and Multimedia and TEMA Technologie Marketing AG (Virtual Reality) are involved.

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research is funding the project in the "Research for Civil Security" programme with approximately 1.1 million euros. Using the latest technology, major incidents are to be depicted in a virtual world in order to be able to manage relief measures more quickly and more precisely. In the event of a major fire or an accident in an area that is difficult to access, 360-degree cameras mounted on drones will record the event, project it into a virtual world so that a tele-operations manager can check the scene of the accident sooner than otherwise possible, alert rescue resources appropriately, and thus support the operations management on site.

Further information on the research project can be found here:


Aircraft assisted management of complex emergency operations (FALKE: Flugsystem-Assistierte Leitung Komplexer Einsatzlagen)

In the case of a mass casualty incident, it is the task of the emergency services to classify the injured persons into different categories. Although most of the emergency services are familiar with the screening algorithms to be used, they are often incorrectly applied in the field. Reasons for this include the distraction and psychological pressure caused by the acute situation.

In order to improve the quality of the inspection, the FALKE project aims to partially automate this process. To this end, a wide variety of sensor technologies (radar, IRT camera, RGB camera) will be installed on an unmanned flight system to record vital data and movement profiles as quickly as possible. Existing inspection algorithms are adapted to the data situation and corrected or confirmed by a tele-medically connected chief emergency doctor. The difficult task of inspection is semi-automated by a quickly generated situation overview, so that early, targeted and life-saving immediate measures can be initiated.

The Aachen professional fire brigade is involved as an associated partner.

Further information can be found here: