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The IFAFRI R&D repository collects and provides information on ongoing and past research projects that focus on innovative first responder technology and concepts. The technology and concepts are linked to the IFAFRI 10 common capability gaps.

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IFAFRI‘S R&D repository is a repository for academia, industry and government representatives to be informed about R&D activities for first responders financed and executed by different stakeholders worldwide. 

The listed projects will be linked to the IFAFRI 10 common global capability gaps. The database will show government representatives at which gaps lots of R&D is ongoing or has been finished. On the other hand, SME’s could pick up innovative concepts from open public R&D projects and develop market-ready solutions. The repository will only collect a minimum of data and will not duplicate existing databases if your project is already listed in a database, e.g. CORDIS; please fill only the mandatory fields and link the project to the original database. The submission process takes, on average, 3 min.


The CURSOR proposal aims at developing new and innovative ways of detecting victims under debris. The system compromises UAVs, 3D modelling, and transportation of disposable miniaturised robots that are equipped with advanced sensors.

The CURSOR proposal aims at developing new and innovative ways of detecting victims under debris. This includes the coordinated use of miniaturized robotic equipment and advanced sensors for achieving significant improvements in search and rescue operations with respect to (a) the time used to detect trapped victims after a building structure has collapsed, and (b) an informed and accelerated decision making by first responders during rescue operations allowing for the deployment of expert personnel and, in particular for operations in hazardous environments, suitable equipment at prioritized locations. CURSOR is proposing a system consisting of several integrated technological components. It includes Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for command & control, 3D modelling and transportation of disposable miniaturized robots, that are equipped with advanced sensors for the sensitive detection of volatile chemical signatures of human beings. Information and data collected are transferred in real time to a handheld device operated by first responders at the disaster site.


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