Research at IMS

IMS likes to support research projects because IMSWARE is software that allows you to easily manage and control complex systems and requirements. That's why it's easy for us to think outside the box and explore the true limits of our system.

We are particularly eager to engage in challenging research projects - since 2009 we have been involved in scientific research by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

In interdisciplinary teams, we have developed concepts for civil security and created the foundations for innovative software solutions.

The interdisciplinary research work of IMS also benefits our daily work. By integrating IMSWARE into ever new tasks, we are also expanding our focus on further improvements in the interest of our customers.

Benefits of research at IMS

  •   User-specific mapping of different processes and workflows
  •   Flexible interfaces to third-party systems (SAP, GIS, NMS etc.)
  •   Connection to building automation systems and building control systems
  •   Data supplier for pedestrian flow simulation
  •   Monitoring of safety equipment
  •   Localization of vulnerabilities in the cable and network area
  •   Visualization of user-specific processes and information
  •   Data collection and consolidation in a database environment
  •   User-specific evaluations

Outstanding are two research projects

In the years of IMS research, two projects have proven to be outstanding:

  • Spider
  • MulikOSi

Both projects were accompanied by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. They have created marketable results and have also provided many impulses for the development of IMSWARE. This also benefits our customers.

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The research project SPIDER was approved in the program of the Federal Government "Research for Civil Security". The consortium investigated how to manage the management of a major loss situation, including new communication options for rescue and medical services. Furthermore, a concept for the dynamic escape route was researched, in order to guide fleeing visitors out of the danger area as fast as possible and considering the current damage situation.

The aim of the research project SPIDER was to provide the relief and rescue forces of a major loss situation with a holistic, intelligent communication and information system. For the first time, information from a CAFM system was to be prepared and made available to the forces involved in a major loss situation. On the one hand, this should enable efficient emergency process management for all involved. On the other hand, visitors should be escorted out of the danger area as quickly as possible and on a safe route for the current damage situation.

The Main goal of the IMS was to undertake fundamental research into the integration of facility management information and software to assist emergency services. For this purpose, information from building management systems had to be made available for use in major loss situations, for which several sub-goals had to be achieved:

  •   Collection of relevant data for emergency process management, such as building automation data points and alerting points
  •   Connection of existing building technology (building automation, building management systems) to the CAFM system
  •   Coupling of CAFM data with a passenger flow simulation to explore an adaptive escape guidance system that can adapt to dynamic hazards (fire, smoke, locked doors)
  •   Estimation of the number of affected visitors as an indication of the still to be rescued persons as well as input for the passenger flow simulation

In order to make this information accessible to the actors of a major loss situation, an XML-based exchange language, the so-called PRML (Protection and Rescue Markup Language), was researched together with the research partners. The IMS was significantly involved in this. One of the key results of the project is the IMSWARE emergency response module.

project partners

  •   German Red Cross
  •   State Office for Central Police Services, NRW
  •   Fire department Gelsenkirchen
  •   Catholic clinics Bochum
  •   Koelnmesse GmbH
  •   PRO DV AG
  •   CKS Systems GmbH & Co. KG
  •   TU Dortmund: Department of Communication Networks, Institute of Psychology
  •   University of Duisburg-Essen: physics of transport and traffic

The research project MultikOSi has been approved in the Federal Government's "Research for Civil Security II" program. The consortium explores the question of how events can be made safer. The latest findings on human behavior are included and the tension between safety, economy and freedom is considered.

Events such as public viewing, city festivals or concerts are a regular part of urban life. For the necessary safety concepts to prevent accidents, however, organizers and security forces lack scientific and practical planning aids.

In an interdisciplinary consortium and together with associated partners and subcontractors, the MultikOSi project is researching support systems for the planning and implementation of major urban events. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research is funding the project with 3.3 million euros as part of the program "Research for Civil Security II".

The project team combines its expertise in event security, mathematics, computer science, sociology and civil engineering to gain a better understanding of the processes at major urban events, to explore new models of visitor flows and to link them together. From this an instrument for planning support and optimization of security concepts for events should be derived. The interplay of criteria such as safety, openness and economy are the focus of optimization. The comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach will create new methods for planning events that will allow a smooth flow of events with high visitor satisfaction. From the scientific results later new software instruments for event planning can be developed.

The IMS will have their expertise regarding the Collection, aggregation and consolidation of large divergent datasets bring in the composite. It will network partner systems and explore a web portal for event planners. Furthermore, with its sub-project, IMS pursues the goal of supporting responsible persons in the development of security concepts. This will be relevant CAFM data as well as the research results of the partners prepared and provided in a practicable way. In cooperation with the partners, in addition to the behavior and feelings of the visitors, legal and organizational aspects of planning support are also included.

project partners

  •   Munich University of Applied Sciences: Computer Science and Mathematics
  •   TU Munich: Computer-Aided Modeling and Simulation, Department of Security
  •   TU Kaiserslautern: Urban Sociology, Mathematics
  •   University of Koblenz-Landau: Mathematical Institute
  •   VDS GmbH - Event | Service | security

Subcontractor: Vabeg Eventsafety Deutschland GmbH
Associated Partner: Bavarian State Criminal Police Office, Strategic Innovation Center

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