Based on an in-depth needs assessment conducted with firefighters from all over Europe, Smart@fire envisions the next generation Smart Personal Protective Systems (PPS). The needs assessment showed that a smart PPS is highly innovative for the end users.
Market consultations were held in three different countries (Belgium, France and Germany). These consultations showed that a smart PPS holds a high innovation potential from technological perspective, summarized in following challenges:
- PPS central nerve system: covering system architecture, communication, localization, visualization & interfaces (with temperature and explosive gas standalone devices)
- IR thermal hotspot detector
- HMD/HUD firefighter visualization system
- “Be seen” omnidirectional active illumination
For documents and presentations given during the market consultations, please click here. For the results of the market consultations, click here.
Preparation of tender documents
Based upon the results of the market consultations, the procurers (IBZ, IWT and SDIS13) have discussed and decided upon the focus of the intended procurement. After approval by the European Commission, the final tender documents were launched at the end of June 2014.
Given the high innovation potential both in terms of added value for the end-user as in terms of risk from technological and implementation perspective, significant research and development effort is needed to reduce the risks associated to the technologically innovative elements to enable the high-value use-cases for the end-users, firefighters and officers. As today a commercial smart PPS is not available on the fire and rescue application market, it is recommended to initially launch a pre-commercial development phase. During this prototyping phase, focus will be laid on reducing these risks with limited means.
Following sessions were organized and have taken place: