Public sports events as well as cultural or folk festivals attract large crowds in cities. Whether it's the Cannstatter Wasen in Stuttgart, the Hamburg harbor birthday or fan miles in the context of European or World Soccer Championships in Berlin. Sometimes, moreover, several such events are held in close proximity to each other, further increasing the number of people.
The large number of people can lead to dangerous situations that can severely compromise the safety of visitors. If such areas have to be evacuated due to an acute hazard situation (e.g. terrorist attacks, severe weather), the streams of visitors can collide in an emergency.
This problem forms the basis for one of the research focuses in the Video Evaluation Systems department. Our goal is to provide the emergency services involved (e.g. police, fire department, private security companies) and event organizers with helpful information to support the security of events by means of video evaluation and situation display, as well as to create the data basis for advance simulations that help to prevent dangerous constellations already during planning.