Technical progress, data protection regulations and legal aspects are closely coordinated in research. But security in our daily lives must be equal to modern challenges in major events, disasters or terrorist attacks. Research helps firefighters, civil protection, police or security forces in property protection or at airports to make their work safer and more effective
Electronics protects the fire department
The work of the fire department is dangerous. The research therefore develops for them a workwear that protects the body and at the same time gives information to the operational management if the wearer is in danger of harm. A vest reliably reports the position of a firefighter and calls for help when he is lying on the ground, the heat is too high or the pulse is too high. The clothing also lights up, so that the victim is easier to find.In the fabric of the protective clothing electrical tracks, electronics and sensors are incorporated. The gauges capture the heartbeat, body temperature, skin moisture and various other bodily functions. As soon as a body function gets into a critical area, the task leader sees it on his computer monitor. At the same time, a light emitting diode on the firefighter’s sleeve lights up to warn him.
Protected by the smartphone
Smartphones can increase security at major events. How difficult it is to guide large crowds in such a way that they do not panic because of crowding has made clear the catastrophe at the Love Parade in Duisburg in 2010. Smartphone users will exchange position data for security. The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) has for the first time used SmartphoneApps at the London 2012 Olympic GamesMarathon. Users use this program to save their tickets and receive useful information about the event, such as city maps. They learn that they can be warned about dangers, provided they have agreed to use their anonymized position and motion data. The sensors in the device capture the movement data of individuals and can thus estimate where many people are. The data ends up on one
19central computers and are evaluated by security forces. It’s easy to see where the crowd is about to get too big. Anyone moving in the direction of this danger spot receives a warning via his smartphone and information on how to avoid it: “The subway station you are currently heading to is overcrowded. Please go to another station. ”
Digital progress for economy and society
Digitization in all areas of life is changing our everyday lives. This applies especially to the economy. For them, an important strategic goal is to bring together production processes and the Internet. Due to the so-called fourth industrial revolution – or Industry 4.0 – Germany’s industry is to maintain its leading technological position. But also in the everyday life of humans, changes will become clear. Digitization will make life easier for people with disabilities and the elderly, but also make our everyday shopping more convenient.
Computers help with shopping
In the future, shopping should become even more efficient and only enjoyable, according to a research objective of the New High-Tech Strategy. The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence is working on this together with a department store chain. In the future, I will put my shopping list together on my smartphone at home. Helps me the fridge, which reports to the smartphone, what is missing. The smartphone automatically transfers the list to a computer equipped with the shopping cart in the supermarket .—— know about the article, I can learn everything by chip and Internet on my smartphone, what I want to know. If the purchase is in the cart, the computer deletes the product from the shopping list. Of course I can put extra in the car. The car recognizes the item and registers it. So the car knows what I need and it guides me by the shortest route from item to item. Chips on each pack make sure the computer registers what I put in the car. I want more details -An the cash register, I have nothing to unpack. The computer on the car knows my entire purchase and passes it to the cashier, indicating the payment amount on his monitor. If I have a corresponding bank card, the amount is debited immediately, which I can control on the computer monitor of my shopping cart.
Revolution in the factory
We talk about the “Internet of Things” when not only people, but also items can exchange information with each other. Allow wireless chips on the package or in the article to retrieve information using appropriate readers. So the chip knows, when the article was made, what it is made of and much more. These minicomputers also allow other machines to issue jobs such as machining instructions. The Internet of Things creates the conditions for the factory of the future: individual production is no more expensive than mass production. That means a near-revolutionary development of industrial production called “Industry 4.0.” Every car today is a one-off, given the range of equipment buyers can choose from. Manufacture in the factory of the future controls a sugar cube-sized computer, which carries every workpiece or workpiece carrier with it. He not only knows the current state of the workpiece, but also all customer requests and the various stages of production. He decides independently about the next production step. He also provides replenishment, if certain parts threaten to go out – and this without human intervention .— who wanted to buy a green car, had to wait until green again were produced. For this purpose, the work for the conversion was quiet for some time. A built according to Industry 4.0 car is built individually according to customer requirements – and this without changeover time in the factory