The Showroom Öffentliche Sicherheit at Fraunhofer FOKUS in Berlin Works on Technological and Regulatory Issues in Emergency Response

On the 29th of July 2015, a delegation of The Hague Security Delta (HSD) visited the Showroom Öffentliche Sicherheit at Fraunhofer FOKUS in Berlin. HSD is one of the biggest security clusters in Europe. The delegation consisted of the vice mayor of The Hague and representatives of Innovation Quarter, TNO and KPN.

At Fraunhofer FOKUS, around 500 scientists are working on technological solutions for the Smart City. With its expertise on technologies such as smart communication and system quality, the institute works on applications in public  IT, e- government, smart mobility, smart energy and public safety.  In the public safety field, Fraunhofer works together with the Freie Universität Berlin and public authorities in the Showroom Öffentliche Sicherheit. There is also a safety – lab, which consists of a test and demonstration environment for networked public safety solutions. Research is very oriented on emergency response and crisis management.

To the Dutch delegation, an emergency scenario for an approaching thunderstorm was shown. Citizens of Berlin can be warned with a new app called KATWARN. This is a new type of warning system that sends a push message to affected groups via a smart phone app, text or email. The demonstration also showed that public safety professionals in Germany face specific regulatory issues. For instance, live recordings of smoke development in a subway station in Berlin cannot be shared with public institutions such as the police or the fire service. This is because of strict data protection rules in Germany’s privacy-conscious society.

Professor Rechenbach and Mr. Neuschwander of Fraunhofer FOKUS stressed that legislation and the approval of the society are necessary factors for the success of an innovation. For example the full-body scanner, a device that screens persons and object for security purposes, was rejected by society. This Innovationszentrum helps decision makers from politics and economics to gain in depth knowledge of the current state of security research.

As a result of the HSD – visit, the collaboration between the two networks will be strengthened.


Julia Klein, 06.06.15, IA Berlijn