Sponsor: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Programme: Research for Civil Security 2012 to 2017

Thematic area: Future security in urban areas (Franco-German cooperation)

Conveyor number: 13N14463

Project duration: 08/2017 - 07/2020


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Brief description

Major events and demonstrations in public places are an expression of freedom and openness in European society. However, due to the large number of people present, they represent targets of criminal or even terrorist activities and thus a threat to the security of citizens. This results in new challenges for the organisers of these events in terms of event security and the need for new solutions and concepts is constantly increasing.
The S²UCRE research project aims to explore new rescue and security technologies for mass events in complex, distributed and confusing environments.
Legally compliant monitoring, analysis and simulation technologies will be researched and implemented in cooperation with rescue and emergency services as well as end users from the security sector.
The focus of the German sub-project is on the combination of in-situ video monitoring for recording crowds and estimating crowd densities with ex-situ simulation for short-term prediction of mass dynamics.

"The research activities of the German consortium aim at the observation of the crowd of visitors at a large event and at efficient protective measures against hazards caused by crowd dynamics".

In parallel, the French sub-project will investigate video-based methods for the observation of individuals and groups of people, for the fight against crime.

"The French consortium focuses on threats posed by individuals or groups of individuals or on tracking and identification of individuals."

The S²UCRE project aims to research methods and technologies in five areas:

  • Video-based recording and analysis of crowds (crowd monitoring) in distributed urban environments - especially for density estimation and motion analysis of large crowds (no observation of individuals) (DE)
  • Early detection of safety-critical activities and situations through live monitoring, supported by short-term simulations (DE)
  • Video analysis-based detection and localisation of suspicious activities or aggressive behaviour, and continuous monitoring of identified offenders (FR)
  • Efficient command and control of operations through an intuitively designed joint situation report, which includes the location data of the rescue and emergency services in addition to the current situation (improved coordination between different rescue and emergency services through the exchange of situation information and location data)
  • Dynamic software-supported situation assessment and, in the event of an imminent crisis, support functions for planning escape routes and personnel deployment.


Partners in Germany

Fraunhofer IOSB

Hochschule München

accu:rate GmbH


Team HF PartG

Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main


Associated partners in Germany

Stadt Hamburg

Feuerwehr Hamburg

Wasserschutzpolizei Hamburg

"Die Förderer" e.V.

Polizei Baden-Württemberg

Polizeipräsidium Stuttgart 


Partners in France




Université de Lille 2 (CERAPS)

Université Paris Sud

Préfecture de Police de Paris


Further information

Project duration: 2017-2020

The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research




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