Below, the project partners are presented.

Fraunhofer EMI
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The Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics, Ernst-Mach-Institut, EMI is engaged in the physics of high-speed, transient processes in order to derive solutions for applications in the industry. EMI deals with impact, shock and penetration phenomena in experiments and simulation. The evaluation of critical infrastructure under dynamic loads is one of the core responsibilities of EMI and includes the examination and evaluation of impact loads on infrastructure (walls, windows, doors, supports, and complete structures), the development of explosion effect mitigation measures, structures, materials and the execution of urban vulnerability analyses. The EMI has experience in the development and implementation of wireless sensor networks in urban security applications in the form of projects such as AISIS, which deals with the threat of detonations in train and highway tunnels, and AURIS, which concerns itself with the structural stability of urban high-rise buildings in the case of fatigue and terrorist attacks.

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Berliner Feuerwehr Berliner Feuerwehr Logo

The Berliner Feuerwehr (Berlin Fire Department) is the largest and oldest professional fire department in Germany. It is responsible for emergency rescue, technical rescue, fire fighting, and hazard control in storms, floods, explosions and other accidents, as well as disaster relief. Therefore, it maintains a high performance system with 35 fire stations and numerous ambulance bases. The fire department with approximately 4,000 employees will be assisted in their tasks by the volunteer fire department. This has about 1500 members spread over 56 stations. About a million emergency calls in the control center of the Berlin Fire Department lead annually to more than 360,000 operations. As part of its statutory duties, the Berlin Fire Department is also responsible for the security of underground facilities. The Berlin subway system with 146 km length and 173 stations (of which 139 are underground) is the largest in Germany and the third largest in Europe. The BFW has been involved in several research projects in the past regarding both specific and general catastrophic situations, such as ALARM, which deals with supporting rescue forces in case of major incidents, SoKNOS, for the development of service-oriented architectures for public safety networks, InKA, involving the integration of voluntary helpers in crisis situations and FeuerWhere, which deals with tracking fire fighters in deployment, among others.

The Berliner Fire Department works in close cooperation with the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (municipal transport services), who often execute training drills together.

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Brandenburgisches Institut für Gesellschaft und Sicherheit GmbH Brandenburgisches Institut für Gesellschaft und Sicherheit GmbH Logo

The BIGS is an independent, non-partisan non-profit research institute with the mission to improve civil security through
a multi- and interdisciplinary approach. In cooperation with the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), BIGS is developing a system of indicators to measure the level of security in Germany. Apart from that, BIGS has had numerous third-party funded projects such as on risk communication, insecurities and failing states, and not least on infrastructure related security aspects as well as disaster response. The Brandenburg Ministry of the Interior entrusted BIGS with the production of a study on security in public transportation as well as performing an expert work shop. The study provides a first overview of the actors and participants in public transportation in Brandenburg, current security measures, and of the data which exists on security in the public transportation system. Furthermore, the study illustrates deficits and problems in the cooperation of the individual actors in the public transportation system and makes recommendations regarding the contents and implementation of future studies on security in public transportation. The project has been last reviewed in 2012 and was presented to Head of Security of Deutsche Bahn for internal consideration and future planning.

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ITC (Innovation Technology Consulting) is a 50% subsidiary of the German construction company Ed. Züblin AG, which is a major construction company in the field of tunnel engineering. ITC develops and distributes innovative IT solutions for the construction industry and offers customers advice on tunnelling and geotechnical engineering. The portfolio of software products includes process data management software for machine driven tunnels, where the whole data output of the construction site is visualized, summarized and reported in real time via web-based software. ITC is member in the AURIS project team. AURIS is a development project within the security-initiative framework of the German Federal Government.
In this project, ITC develops a data management system for condition monitoring of security-relevant civil structures. The core of ITC’s staff has been involved in the ORGAMIR joint research project of the parent company Ed. Züblin AG which dealt with the cross organized hazard prevention to protect human life and critical infrastructures by optimized prevention and reaction and was mainly focusing on threats in underground structures through terrorist attacks.

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University of the Bundeswehr Munich University of the Bundeswehr Munich Logo

The University of the Bundeswehr Munich is a Federal University, but under the supervision of the Bavarian Ministry of Science, Education and Art. The faculty of civil engineering and environmental sciences has concentrated on the security and safety of the building infrastructures. Professor Gebbeken is the founder and chairman of the research center RISK (Risk, Infrastructure, Security and Conflict). He is also founder and acting president of the International Association of Protective Structures. His institute has conducted more than 100 research projects in the relevant area. Professor Gebbeken is involved in the design, proof and site inspection of critical infrastructure worldwide, and he was involved as engineer and consultant in several catastrophes (e.g. Sichuan earthquake, ice-ring roof collapse Bad Reichenhall, Alp floods 2005, Munich bomb 2012.

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Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe Logo

The Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe, BVG (Berlin Transport Company) is a modern service provider which confronts the challenges of the future with innovative strategies. The network density and quality of the local Berliner transportation systems are at a high level in international comparison and have even achieved top class with the implementation of around-the-clock underground transportation. In the framework of the project SenSE4Metro, the BVG offers an underground training tunnel, which can be used in cooperation of the fire department, police and rescue services for the execution of catastrophe training cases.

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Disaster Research Unit (DRU), Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) Disaster Research Unit (DRU), Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) Logo

The Disaster Research Unit (DRU) is an interdisciplinary institution with a social scientific focus.
Its research areas include the entire "disaster cycle": the beginning, progression, and recover from crises and catastrophes. This research focuses on both industrialised countries and the so-called "countries of the Global South" and covers topics such as risk perception, risk reduction, and disaster reduction from its beginnings in the warnings before a disaster, the behaviour during its progression and its aftermath, all the way to the eventual sustainable recovery. The DRU conducts social science and humanties basic research as well as applied research and consulting.
The DRU has set up several research projects concerning specific facets of disaster cultures (e.g. FloodEvac, ANiK), social behavior in extreme situations (e.g. ENSURE, Soziales Verhalten in Extremsituationen im schienengebundenen Personennahverkehr), communication/warning (e.g. WEXICOM II) and culture-sensitive foundations of technical solutions (e.g. Critical Parts, SoftParts, FloodEvac).
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Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited Logo

Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL), a joint venture of Government of India and Government of Karnataka is a Special Purpose Vehicle entrusted with the responsibility of implementation of Bangalore Metro Rail Project. Bangalore Metro, christened "Namma Metro", not only adds to the beauty of the Bangalore skyline, but immensely adds to the comfort level of travel. Besides this, Namma Metro is a major environment friendly addition to the Bangalore City as it significantly contributes to the reduction of carbon emissions. The project has an East-West corridor - 18.10 km long, starting from Baiyappanahalli in the East and terminating at Mysore Road terminal in the West and a 24.20 km North-South corridor commencing at Nagasandra in the North and terminating at Puttenahalli in the South. The commercial operations on
Reach-1 (MG Road to Baiyappanahalli station) have opened on  October 20, 2011.

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Indian Institute of Science Indian Institute of Science Logo

The Center for infrastructure, Sustainable Transportation and Urban Planning (CiSTUP) of Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has been established in the year 2009 during the centenary celebrations of the Indian Institute of Science, with inputs from many visionaries, organizations and has plans to be one of the finest centers of advanced research and training in the field of transportation engineering in India and abroad. The mandate and vision of CiSTUP is to produce knowledge that addresses the unique urban issues specifically on sustainable urban transportation along with other related topics of infrastructure and urban planning. Further, the center will conduct training programs, and also develop expertise and provide complete technological and planning solutions for urban renewal and development programs related to urban transportation and infrastructure engineering. The main areas of specialization and interest are infrastructure, sustainable urban transportation and urban planning. Among these areas, sustainable urban transport is the prime focus for the activities of the center and has more than 22 associate faculty and 15 planners and architects. The department of civil engineering has about 120 Ph.D. students with 28 faculties and offers M.Sc (Eng), M.Tech and Ph.D. programs. The department has a number of on-going research projects and sponsored research schemes from public and private sector organizations. Prof. Sitharam was involved in setting up sensors for monitoring the underground metro construction site in Bangalore at the cricket stadium site for evaluating the safety of construction workers during construction of large underground excavation. He has also studied numerical modelling of underground excavation in soils in rock using discrete element and finite element modelling under static and dynamic loading conditions.

Jija Madhavan Harisingh IPS (retd.) (former Director General, Fire & Emergency Services, Commandant General, Home Guards, Director, Civil Defence, Karnataka State, Bangalore) will be consultant to CiSTUP. She has expertise in public policy, change management & organization renewal, police & security management, HRM, ethics management, civil aviation safety & security, nuclear safety, fire safety management, crisis & disaster management. She has more than
35 years of professional experience in state, federal and local government in security (police), fire services and public sector roles. She also has comprehensive experience in crisis management, organizing search and rescue operations in varied situations and disasters - both natural hazards such as floods (in 15 districts of coastal Karnataka, 2009: 198 lives, 200,000 house collapse, 1 million homeless), landslides and earthquakes (Bhuj Airport-2001) and manmade disasters like air crashes AI 812-2010, Mangalore:168 lives), as well as aircraft hijacking (IA 814-1999), bomb threats at airports, serial bomb explosions, fires in industries and urban high rises, major incidents of arson against large number of vehicles several times, destruction of hundreds of houses, public health emergencies of water-related tragedies, epidemic of H1N1(2011), etc.

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Indian Institute of Technology Delhi Indian Institute of Technology Delhi Logo

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi is a premier academic and research institute in India. The Department of Civil Engineering is one of the primary engineering departments of the IIT Delhi. The Department offers B.Tech., M.Tech., and Ph.D. degree programs in various cutting edge research areas. Presently, it has about 500 postgraduate students, 200 doctoral students with 45 faculty members in the areas of environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation, and water resources engineering. The Department has a number of on-going funded research projects and sponsored research schemes from government, public, and private sector organizations in the broader areas of: multi-hazard assessment and mitigation technologies, tunnelling in soil and rock, and blast loading in above- and underground structures and response modification using advanced materials. The Department also contributes to the interdisciplinary academic and research activities of the institute in the areas of state-of-the-art sensor technologies.

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