Response without borders: intelligent software and hardware systems connecting European disaster management
International relief supplies and personnel support during earthquakes, floods or hurricane incidents are seen as a matter of course today. The work of relief forces, however, is impeded not only by language barriers and unfavorable weather conditions, but also by the lack of standards, equipment and execution regulations.
The EC-funded project IDIRA addresses precisely these issues. 18 organizations from 7 EU countries are searching for solutions over a project duration of four years. German partners involved in the project are the Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems IVI and the German Red Cross, Saxony branch.
The CLOSER project - joint European research for more efficient freight and passenger transport
Characteristics such as the efficiency of planning processes, the proximity of highway or platform access and the annual growth rate of freight or passenger volume – these are examples of indicators for analyzing and assessing interchange terminals. Within the EC-funded project CLOSER, such case studies have been carried out in several European cities.
Elegant and maneuverable – the AutoTram® Extra Grand at the IAA Commercial Vehicles
The AutoTram® Extra Grand currently does its laps on the DEKRA test track at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz, working through the testing procedure to obtain a single vehicle approval. In past weeks, an increasing number of journalists and press representatives have been expressing their interest in this impressive vehicle. They are fascinated by its length, which raises several questions: How can a vehicle of this enormous size cope with the tight bends of city traffic? Is it a hazard to other traffic participants? How can the AutoTram® be maneuvered forward and reverse?
Premiere of AutoTram® Extra Grand
The AutoTram® Extra Grand was presented to the public for the first time yesterday in the historic city center of Dresden. The premiere of »the world’s longest bus« attracted many visitors and press. Earlier in the afternoon, representatives from politics and research visited the vehicle, including the German Minister of Education and Research, Prof. Anette Schavan, the Saxon Prime Minister Stanislaw Tillich and Prof. Reimund Neugebauer, director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology. The AutoTram® Extra Grand is more than 30 meters long and has a capacity of 256 passengers.
The world from above – the Fraunhofer IVI is developing a hovering sensor platform
The octocopter HORUS (HOvering Remote controlled Ultra-light Sensorplatform) of the Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems IVI in Dresden provides a complete panoramic view and can be applied for photography, videography or thermography. Thanks to its eight rotors, the platform does not only have a higher load capacity, but also an increased reliability, compared to quadrocopters. The air vehicle is a serious alternative to manned and unmanned flying objects which are already in operation. Due to its technical variability and low costs, the octocopter is perfectly suitable for scientific field campaigns.
Research Fields of the Institute
- Traffic information and live camera systems;
traffic process analysis - evaluation and optimization;
- Energy storage and hydrogen infrastructure;
mobile fuel cell systems;
automatic lateral guidance systems;
monitoring of traffic-related emissions
- Intermediate vehicles;
hybrid-electric powertrains and alternative fuels;
operational concepts for drivers and driver assistance systems; optical guidance;
lane recognition and obstacle detection;
life cycle cost analysis (LCC)
- Locating technologies;