The main objective of MOBNET is to locate isolated victims during natural disasters and situations of emergency such as earthquakes, hurricanes or large snowstorms. MOBNET will also help first responder services to find lost people in general. To that end, the use of EGNSS (both Galileo early services and EGNOS) and DCT (Digital Cellular Technologies) plays a key role in situations where it is difficult, dangerous or even impossible to access the affected areas. MOBNET will be designed and built as a reduced SWaP, on-board payload for a UAV.



After the earthquakes in l’Aquila, Haiti and Japan, the European Commission confirmed that there exists a large discrepancy between (robotic) technology which is developed in laboratory and the use of such technology on the terrain for Search and Rescue (SAR) operations and crisis management.Thus, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry decided to fund ICARUS, a Research project (global budget: 17.5M€) which aims to develop robotic tools which can assist “human” crisis intervention teams.The introduction of unmanned Search and Rescue devices can offer a valuable tool to save human lives and to speed up the SAR process. ICARUS concentrates on the development of unmanned SAR technologies for detecting, locating and rescuing humans.There is a vast literature on research efforts towards the development of unmanned Search and Rescue tools. However this research effort stands in contrast to the practical reality in the field, where unmanned search and rescue tools have great difficulty finding their way to the end-users.The ICARUS project addresses these issues, aiming to bridge the gap between the Research community and end-users, by developing a toolbox of integrated components for unmanned Search and Rescue.



Every year, more than 100 firefighters lose their lives whilst saving others. The Smart@fire (2012-2017) project wants to reduce the risks inherent to firefighting.To reduce these risks, innovative ICT-solutions need to be developed and integrated into smart Personal Protective Systems. The current ICT-solutions available on the market do not yet provide full satisfaction.Based on a large scale needs assessment of 961 fire brigades the innovation potential from the procurer’s side has been identified. To increase the safety of the firefighters they are looking for innovative technologies:

  • Sensors to measure environmental parameters and vital body functions
  • Localization systems to determine the  position
  • Data transfer and visualization systems to better assess situations

All those innovations will have to be integrated in the Personal Protective Equipment of fire fighters.In the second phase, the so-called Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP), the goal is to develop prototypes, with financial support from the European Commission, that meet the innovation expectations.



E-MOSION project aims at enabling integral outdoor and indoor localization and mobility services for elderly people with age-related sensory (visual, auditory) and cognitive (memory) impairments that help them in their daily routine activities far from home.



Because an adequate provision of information is crucial for professional care providers, the Mobile Sensing for Safety project (MoSeS) was started in the summer of 2013. Read the interim results here. MoSeS is a system for the fire brigade, among other things, that maximizes the safety of people (especially their own personnel) and reduces the damage caused by calamities as much as possible. With innovative technology you get real-time insight into the situation with MoSeS. It is about usable technology as an enabler for situational awareness: a good picture of the situation. This image is of decisive importance when making decisions.



To make the approach concrete, in the SaxShoe project we focus on developing a fire boot, as a means, not as an aim, but as a showcase for knowledge development. Our ambition is to realize the standard of a maximum of 10 meters of deviation after 20 minutes of walking. For this we work in the project together with top companies specialized in sensor technology, with other colleges and with companies specializing in the production of shoes and soles.