TECNALIA develops a health monitoring system for first responders by means of tactile biofeedback

30 July 2020

The tool allows for the early detection of risk factors that could lead to a deterioration in health or operative capabilities

The main objective of the SIXTHSENSE initiative consists of developing a real-time system to monitor the health of first responders by means of tactile biofeedback. This allows situations that are potentially hazardous for health to be detected and foreseen at all times. 

The system allows for the early detection of risk factors that could lead to a deterioration of health or operative capabilities. It also leverages predictive models based on biosensor data: lactate, sodium, potassium, heart rate and temperature.

Furthermore, it acts as a management tool for responders deployed in operations, enabling real-time monitoring from the control centre. This in turn helps to increase team effectiveness and operational safety and establish an innovative research methodology based on the sustainable inclusion of first responders.

Further information

SIXTHSENSE, funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 programme, will be developed over 36 months with total funding of €7,242,442.50.

The project consortium consists of 21 organisations from nine European countries, coordinated by TECNALIA. It comprises three universities: Aalborg Universitet (Denmark), Universidad de Leon (Spain) and Technische Universitaet Chemnitz (Germany); five European research and technology organisations: TECNALIA (Spain), Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft (Austria), BioNanoNet Forschungsgesellschaft (Austria), Eucentre Foundation (Italy) and TECNALIA Serbia (Serbia); two major industry representatives: Jobst Technologies (Germany) and Metrohm DropSens (Spain); and five member SMEs with different areas of specialisation: Senetics Healthcare Group (Germany), TeleGroup (Germany), Smartex (Italy), Global Electronic Solutions (Serbia) and BiFlow Systems (Germany).

It also includes the participation of different organisations, such as the Serbia Mountain Rescue Service, the Association of Mountain Rescue Organisations of B&H and four fire brigades: Gumpoldskirchen (Austria), Postojna (Slovenia), Rijeka (Croatia) and Pavia (Italy), as well as an expert in fire rescue and experts in risk management: IFR (Austria).