The BMBF call for proposals in the field of security research received a great response: presented here are short profiles describing the different projects of the scenario-based and technology-based security research. In both programme lines, social questions are integrated into the search for optimal technological solutions. Technology-oriented approaches of science and engineering are linked at the project level with solutions from cultural sciences and the humanities.
The aim is to counter societal threats posed by terrorism, organized crime, natural disasters and major technical accidents. A characteristic feature of the programme is the application-related work in the projects involving the entire innovation chain from research to industryand up to the end users. But security cannot be achieved by the development and use of technologies alone. Acceptance of these technologies by emergency staff is crucial in the development, testing and use of new systems and methods. Research activities include the consideration of requirements with regard to emergency staff training and the preparation of decision-making aids for authorities and rescue staff.
The scenarios provide the basis for ensuring that all natural science, humanities and social science as well as technological disciplines needed for developing feasible security solutions are involved and work to achieve common goals in application. The main goals of funding are: protecting and saving human lives; protecting traffic infrastructures; preventing the breakdown of supply systems; and securing commodity chains. read more: Projects in Scenario-Oriented Security Research
The networks pool basic knowledge which is important for security research and develop innovative systems on the basis of existing and emerging technologies. All projects presented focus on the detection systems for chemical, biological, nuclear and explosive hazardous materials and integrated protection systems for emergency and security services. read more: Projects in the framework of the technology networks
Whether natural disasters, fires, or power plant accidents -traffic routes and telecommunication networks are often damaged, making communication and deployment of rescue forces significantly more difficult. As part of the security research programme, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is providing 4.3 million euros in funding for the Project "UAV - Assisted Ad Hoc Networks for Crisis Management and Hostile Environment Sensing" (ANCHORS), which aims to develop a system for reconnaissance and communication with unmanned land and air robots. "ANCHORS is to ease and improve the deployment of rescue forces," explained Thomas Rachel, BMBF Parliamentary State Secretary, at the project kick-off at the Frauenhofer Institute in Euskirchen. read more: International cooperation in civil security research