INTERSCHUTZ, which was scheduled for June 2020, will be postponed by one year. This is the mutual decision of the organizers and partners of the trade fair for fire and rescue services, civil protection, safety and security. The reason is the coronavirus, which directly affects both exhibitors and visitors of INTERSCHUTZ and requires them to be available for duty at other locations. INTERSCHUTZ will now take place from 14 to 19 June 2021 in Hannover. About three months before the actual start of the event, it is now certain that the next INTERSCHUTZ will take place in summer 2021. Exhibiting Emergency Aid Organizations More than 150,000 visitors from all over the world attend INTERSCHUTZ "The people who under ordinary conditions would have come to INTERSCHUTZ in June this year are precisely those who are most needed due to the coronavirus crisis," says Dr. Andreas Gruchow, Member of the Managing Board, Deutsche Messe AG. "As INTERSCHUTZ, we are part of the industry. With our decision, we therefore take responsibility and provide security in planning". More than 150,000 visitors from all over the world attend INTERSCHUTZ. However, in times of pandemic, helpers and rescuers are needed to maintain supplies and security. The same applies to exhibiting emergency aid organizations or authorities with security tasks whose capacities are needed elsewhere. Digital Deployment Technology But also exhibitors from the industry are directly or indirectly involved in the crisis situation, such as manufacturers of protective equipment, suppliers of digital deployment technology or even vehicle manufacturers whose customers cannot or are not allowed to visit a trade fair in this situation. We therefore would like to wish all the players and the entire INTERSCHUTZ community" "We were on an excellent path – and we are aiming for a strong INTERSCHUTZ," says Gruchow. "Under the current conditions, however, this is not possible. We therefore would like to wish all the players and the entire INTERSCHUTZ community all the best and every strength for the tasks ahead. We will see each other in Hannover in June 2021, where we will have the opportunity to take a detailed and analytical look at the pandemic – and what we can learn from it". Enormous Number Of Organizational Consequences Postponing a trade fair on the scale of INTERSCHUTZ has an enormous number of organizational consequences. The 29th German Firefighters' Day will also be postponed until next year: "The synergy between the trade fair and the top firefighters' meeting is important to us - the postponement is a joint decision," explains Hermann Schreck, permanent representative of the President of the German Firefighters' Association (DFV). The most important questions arising from such a postponement for exhibitors and visitors of INTERSCHUTZ will be published in an FAQ on the INTERSCHUTZ homepage. Further questions will be clarified via the usual communication channels. INTERSCHUTZ has a network of strong partners who have also voted for a postponement and who will now work with Deutsche Messe to set the course for a successful event in June 2021. Facing Special Challenges Dirk Aschenbrenner, President of the German Fire Protection Association (vfdb): "vfdb as a strong supporter of INTERSCHUTZ welcomes the decision. As a network of experts for protection, rescue and security, we spoke out without hesitation in favor of postponing INTERSCHUTZ after the latest developments.” The postponement of INTERSCHUTZ is both responsible and appropriate" “Especially as organizers of the non-commercial segment of INTERSCHUTZ, we know that thousands and thousands of members of the fire brigades, rescue services and disaster control have been waiting for the world's leading trade fair with enthusiasm. But we also know that they in particular are sympathetic. After all, they will be facing special challenges in their daily work over the coming weeks and months. Our greatest concern is the safety of the population. The postponement of INTERSCHUTZ is both responsible and appropriate in view of the current situation.” Operational Readiness Of The Fire Brigades “We are also aware that even if the situation eases, the numerous exhibitors from Germany and abroad will still need sufficient time for their INTERSCHUTZ preparations. As vfdb, we will use the remaining months to process and communicate this event, which is highly relevant for civil protection. As regrettable as the current, unprecedented situation is, we will learn from it. And INTERSCHUTZ 2021 will undoubtedly be supplemented by a further topic." Hermann Schreck, permanent representative of the president of the German Fire Brigade Association (DFV): "We were very much looking forward to the 29th German Firefighters' Day and INTERSCHUTZ. However, in view of the development of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, maintaining the operational readiness of the fire brigades and rescue services has top priority for us in all considerations. The planning for the DFV's large joint exhibition stand and the accompanying events will of course continue at national and international level." Manufacturers Of Firefighting Technology INTERSCHUTZ is the future forum for the firefighting technology industry" Dr. Bernd Scherer, Member of the VDMA Executive Board, and Managing Director, VDMA Fire Fighting Equipment: "INTERSCHUTZ is the future forum for the firefighting technology industry, an industry that produces safety for people. In the current situation, this applies even more – to emergency and rescue services, but also to industry.” “After all, manufacturing companies also face ambitious challenges in economic terms, for example when proven supply chains are interrupted or production sites are affected by quarantine measures. Fortunately, none of this has yet been the case for manufacturers of firefighting technology. On the contrary: We are still in a unique economic boom phase.” Innovative Technology And Committed People “Nevertheless, or perhaps precisely because of this, we would like to hold an INTERSCHUTZ trade fair in which all forces are concentrated on what makes this unique exhibition of our industry so special: innovative technology and committed people who are completely dedicated to fire protection and rescue services. We look forward to it – together with you in June 2021!" For Rosenbauer, the health of all our visitors and partners, has absolute priority" Michael Friedmann, Head of Group Strategy, Innovation and Marketing, Rosenbauer International AG: "As a system provider in fire and disaster control, we have been committed to the safety of people and the protection of society for 150 years. For Rosenbauer, the health of all our visitors and partners, as well as that of our employees, has absolute priority. This is why Rosenbauer stands fully behind the postponement of the fair. We are certain that the industry's leading fair will be a great success in 2021 as well!" Economic Interests And Actions Werner Heitmann, Head of Marketing Fire Brigades and Authorities, Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA: "Our INTERSCHUTZ motto 'We protect you. At all times.' also means that we are now acting prudently and protecting all those involved in INTERSCHUTZ considering the current situation. We therefore support the postponement of the fair. The majority of visitors at our exhibit have always been fire brigades and aid organizations.” “As part of the critical infrastructure in Germany, it is essential to protect the emergency services to the best of our ability and not to expose them to unnecessary risks. The rescue forces must be prepared for action. Furthermore, we had planned a very large trade fair team in Hannover – we also have to protect them. Health and life always take precedence over all economic interests and actions of Dräger. In other words, 'Technology for Life'."
The German Rescue Robotics Center e.V. (DRZ), Dortmund, will be at INTERSCHUTZ with two of its creations. They are technical assistance robots, designed to safeguard first responders from hazards on the job They don’t have proper names yet, so for now their engineer creators are simply calling them D2 and D3 technical assistance robots. "We’ll be changing that at INTERSCHUTZ, if not sooner, I promise!" said Robert Grafe. AI-based robotics rescue system The German Rescue Robotics Center e.V. (DRZ) coordinates the deployment of D2 and D3 Robert Grafe is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the German Rescue Robotics Center e.V. (DRZ), Dortmund, currently the only institution of its kind in Germany that is engaged in the research into future robotics technologies and the development of AI-based rescue systems. The German Rescue Robotics Center e.V. (DRZ) coordinates the deployment of D2 and D3, two technical assistance robots that will one day be indispensable as helpers for rescue responders working in hazardous situations. D2 and D3 rescue robots D2 and D3 don’t exactly look like robots in the Sci-Fi movies sense of humanoid forms with arms and legs. They have the built and look of more like mini bulldozers. And the silver screen isn’t their thing, either, though they did star in a recent episode of an ARD popular science show in Germany. The robots are designed for a wide range of tasks that involve protecting and assisting rescue first-responders in hazardous environments, such as in case of fires, collapsed buildings and floods. To enable a wide range of applications, these technical assistance robots can be fitted with a range of task-specific modules. Equipped with thermal imaging cameras For example, equipped with cameras, the D2 and D3 robots can generate three-dimensional images of the situation inside a collapsed building. Furthermore, using a thermal imaging camera, they can locate victims trapped beneath rubble, and in accident situations involving hazardous goods, they can collect liquids and other materials, and transfer samples of them to a waiting roll-off container for analysis. The robots can also handle the more dangerous aspects of sealing hazardous liquid or gas leaks, thereby enabling their human counterparts to stay out of harm’s way. Live debut at INTERSCHUTZ 2020 D2 and D3 will be making their live debut in front of an international audience at INTERSCHUTZ "Let’s be clear, robots are not a replacement for human firefighters and never will be," Grafe said, adding "Their role is purely to serve as technical assistants, helping to minimize the risks and hazards that human first responders are exposed to. Of course, in certain cases they can be the difference between life and death." D2 and D3 will be making their live debut in front of an international audience at INTERSCHUTZ. They will be in Hall 17 at a joint display organized by the Dortmund Fire Department Institute of Fire Service and Rescue Technology (IFR). Visitors to the display will be able to take a look through a new type of robotics command vehicle and learn about the DRZ and what it does. Living Lab innovative facility A key part of what the DRZ does happens in its Living Lab, an innovative facility in which multidisciplinary teams from research, development and testing can collaborate on projects under real-life conditions. The lab has large-scale indoor and outdoor test areas where new robotics-based rescue systems can be put to the test by their intended users. Mobile robotics systems The DRZ was established two years ago when it became clear to emergency-sector stakeholders that mobile robotics systems offered significant potential for improving safety in hazardous incident situations. It is the incorporated arm of a government-funded project which has been allocated just on 12 million euros for an initial period of four years and which is spearheaded by an alliance of technology users, industrial companies, universities and research institutions. First-responder robotics technology The long-term objective of the DRZ is to build up a permanent center of scientific expertise The long-term objective of the DRZ is to build up a permanent center of scientific expertise that partner with other organizations to drive innovation, thereby ensuring that there is always a steady flow of tested and proven first-responder robotics technology entering the market. The research alliance at the heart of the project is coordinated by the Dortmund Fire Department Institute of Fire Service and Rescue Technology. This is important, because it will ensure that the robotics solutions developed by the project meet the needs of fire and rescue practice. Driving innovation and product development At the very start of the project, 13 alliance partners from research, industry and technology user organizations founded the German Rescue Robotics Center as the legally incorporated organization under which they will develop and operate the center of expertise and facilitate its long-term expansion. "We want to drive product development, set the necessary standards and facilitate the widespread use of robots in protective and rescue applications," said DRZ Executive Board Member, Dirk Aschenbrenner, who is the Director of the Dortmund Fire Department. Developing the rescue robotics space Dirk adds, "And to achieve that, we need to do everything we can to build collaborative networks across first responders, users, companies and research institutions in the rescue robotics space.” He concludes, “In that sense, INTERSCHUTZ is the perfect platform to grow awareness of the DRZ across organizational boundaries. Of course, we are always keen to talk to people from these types of organizations who are interested in getting to know us, or even joining us."
Sascha Pomp has always been passionate about the fire service and the work it does. Having served as a crew chief and equipment maintenance officer in Halstenbek, Schleswig-Holstein, he has a thorough understanding of what is involved – including the problems. And one of the main problem areas he encountered was equipment management, a task which back then, in the 1980s, was still intensely manual, involving logbooks, file cards and various other paper records. So he rolled up his sleeves and developed a software application to get the problem under control. "I’ve always been a great believer in do-it-yourself," he says. That was 30 years ago. "Softflex", which is what the first generation of his digital solution was called, is now a respected company with customers and major partners: Eurocommand GmbH. Showcasing at INTERSCHUTZ 2020 Problematic areas of everyday emergency response work could be made simpler through the use of new technology This June, Eurocommand will be presenting 15 new products at INTERSCHUTZ 2020, the world’s trade fair for the fire and rescue services, civil protection, safety and security. Sascha Pomp originally trained as a chef, but then changed tack and retrained as a business administrator – a qualification that stood him in good stead later on when he decided to set up his own company. But he remained captivated by the idea of helping the fire sector – and indeed by the realization that many of the more problematic areas of everyday emergency response work could be made simpler through the use of new technology. Fire service training Sascha Pomp is also a member of numerous expert bodies at state and national level This passion for the fire service saw him complete training as a unit commander (Gruppenführer), as a platoon commander (Zugführer), and then as a group commander (Verbandführer). Ultimately he became a trainer in several fire service disciplines and currently works, alongside his responsibilities at Eurocommand, as a teaching fellow at the Schleswig-Holstein State Fire Training Academy. Sascha Pomp is also a member of numerous expert bodies at state and national level. His company’s aim, right from the beginning, was to provide government agencies and other organizations responsible for safety and security with integrated emergency, risk and crisis management solutions and operational support software for stationary and mobile incident command centers. The key to that was the development of the CommandX platform. “The task was to deliver an intuitive operational support system that leverages all available data to give incident commanders a transparent overview of their incident situations at all times," Pomp explains. “The CommandX platform is an electronic management assistant for incident commanders." Fire and rescue base Eurocommand now has over 500 customers all around Germany, several of which have as many as 30 stationary command centers. This customer base is drawn primarily from the fire service, the police and the rescue and disaster relief services, although it also includes private first-responder organizations and industrial companies with critical infrastructure. Cologne Bonn Airport we developed an integrated solution that supports crisis management In terms of reference projects, Pomp points to the city of Hamburg, which commissioned Eurocommand to implement a shared, integrated solution, spanning all hierarchical levels, for the police and fire services, and which made the company the general contractor in charge of video and media technology, software and interactivity for the G20 Summit in 2017. Berlin Fire Department project Another reference project is the integrated CommandX solution the company developed for the Berlin Fire Department. The department’s dispatch center, central command and all stations and command vehicles are now equipped with technology by Eurocommand. The company’s technology also played a key role in the extremely rapid and effective emergency response to the peat fire in Meppen in 2018. It provided an integrated platform for all the first-responder crews involved and delivered essential real-time situation updates. “We offer solutions for all environments and situations where technical infrastructure for safety or security is required," says Pomp. “That includes airports. For Cologne Bonn Airport we developed an integrated solution that supports the airport’s crisis management group, safety and security service and fire brigade in the event of emergencies." administration of rescue equipment and resources Demand for CommandX and its associated products is strong and growing all the time. The entire ecosystem is extensive and includes modules for reporting, incident manpower management, callout logs, situation map viewers, task management and even simple to-do lists. Eurocommand also provides specialized solutions for applications such as patient management. Among much else, this includes administration of rescue equipment and resources, patient documentation including geo-referencing (assigning real-world coordinates to individual pixels on photos and plans), rapid patient triaging and status recording, diagnosis recording, assignment to transportation, and flexible interfaces to external systems in the event of mass-casualty incidents. Award-winning products Eurocommand GmbH is a growing company with a core staff of around 25 and plans to take on further personnel at its Halstenbek, Schleswig-Holstein, headquarters in 2020. The company also draws on independent contractors as and when required. Sascha Pomp is the founder of the company and its managing partner. He and two other partners, a security firm and a software development company, each hold one third of the company’s capital. In the spring of 2019, the German Fire Protection Association (GFPA) awarded Eurocommand the "Safety made in Germany” seal of quality for its CommandX software. The seal, initiated in 2015, is awarded for products and services with proven excellent quality in fire protection, industrial safety, disaster relief and civil protection applications. At the award ceremony in May 2019, GFPA President Dirk Aschenbrenner described the software as an example of the new ways of mastering complexity in emergency management that are made possible by digitalization.
When a trade fair decides on a lead theme, that is just the beginning. It is then up to exhibitors to take the next steps by breathing life into the lead theme – by featuring it at their stands, providing hands-on demos and sparking dialogue. "We are absolutely delighted at the early, strong commitment of our exhibiting partners and companies at INTERSCHUTZ 2020," says Martin Folkerts, Global Director of INTERSCHUTZ at the Deutsche Messe group of companies. "Our exhibitors are in the process of developing an abundance of great ideas and concepts which they will be showcasing at the fair, highlighting the opportunities that digitization and connectivity will provide for fire brigades, rescue services, civil protection and security." The following details some of these. Sharing International Experience Digitization, automation and connectivity are more than just modern buzzwords for us" "Digitization, automation and connectivity are more than just modern buzzwords for us," says Dirk Aschenbrenner, President of the German Fire Protection Association (vfdb). "The application of digital technologies is a prerequisite for speed and effectiveness. The use of robotics in danger prevention, for example, is no longer merely a utopia, but, in many areas, has already become a part of everyday life. Let me simply mention the use of firefighting robots or drones to explore emergency deployment sites." In Hannover in 2020, the vfdb association will present the current state of research in the field. "INTERSCHUTZ 2020 offers the best opportunities for sharing international experience among developers, manufacturers and users," says Aschenbrenner. The German Fire Service Association (DFV) is taking the connectivity lead theme literally and planning a showcase whose visualizations are all interconnected by an overarching network/web. Securing Livelihoods At a number of different levels, the web will symbolize the importance of connectivity for the further development of fire protection. "Under the keyword of 'Fire Brigade 4.0', there are already visible opportunities and capabilities to improve, accelerate and change the tasks of the emergency services – even if this might seem a long way off," says Frank Hachemer, Vice President of the German Fire Service Association. "But these opportunities are also associated with challenges that need to be mastered, such as data protection, training and budgets." In addition to technological and tactical connectivity, there is also connectivity between people. "Political and social connectivity will become increasingly important and intensive for mastering problems, for securing livelihoods, for the further development and daily work of the fire brigades," says Hachemer. Digitized Production Different conditions apply to the area of fire prevention and civil protection" "Connectivity is therefore the keyword, not least for the fire brigade associations and – as their umbrella – the German Fire Service Association, which we, as the central element, are placing at the core of our activities – and not just at INTERSCHUTZ." The keyword 'Fire Brigade 4.0' is derived from the oft-cited term 'Industry 4.0', which refers to digitized production and a high degree of connectivity between industrial enterprises. The two terms however cannot be equated. "Different conditions apply to the area of fire prevention and civil protection," says Dr. Rainer Koch, from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Paderborn. "High-connectivity solutions are possible for areas like preventive fire protection and resource planning. And 3D simulation systems for managers and staff training are already available in the training sector." Smart Home Technologies But the conditions for emergency services are different, he maintains. "For information systems to support us in this area, they need to offer a maximum of robustness, user friendliness and speed," says Koch. "In addition to providing already prepared information, these systems would then also be able to interact with building systems – and initial projects for the use of smart home technologies have already been launched. Digitization and automation can definitely facilitate the work of the emergency services here." When it comes to game-changing digital technology, industry is called upon to gear up, and by that I particularly mean industrial manufacturers and automotive makers. "Especially in an age of rapid technical change, INTERSCHUTZ is a definite must for everyone on the lookout for innovations," remarks VDMA Managing Director Dr. Bernd Scherer. Digital Assistance Systems The central prerequisite consists of reliable, manufacturer-independent standards" "Real-time communication over ultra-fast 5G networks, networked deployment processes, digital assistance systems and electric drives are high on the industry's innovations agenda." But digitization must not be an end in itself, as Scherer also makes clear: "Manufacturers of chassis, superstructures and equipment who are members in VDMA rely on reliable, robust and intelligent technology, true to the motto that what is sensible is also that which is useful for the purpose at hand." According to VDMA, the advantages of digital technologies include the promise of transparent and sustainable processes, effective coordination and a significant increase in operational reliability. These promises are not, however, a guarantee. "The central prerequisite consists of reliable, manufacturer-independent standards," says Scherer. "This is the only way for interfaces to function smoothly – regardless of whether they are mechanical, hydraulic, electric or digital in nature." Partnership-Based Networking Rosenbauer is one example of a vehicle manufacturer that has been relying on its own developments and innovations in the field of telematics systems and IT-supported deployment management for over ten years. "These systems are now being massively further developed, with the focus on customer benefit," says Michael Friedmann, Head of Group Strategy, Innovation and Marketing at Rosenbauer International AG. "This is not only about digital solutions for vehicles, but connectivity now also includes new technological options, with the keyword here being drones or smart wearables." Friedmann is convinced that a trade fair is also the right place for this, even in the digital age: "We want direct communication on site, because as the innovations, technology and world market leader at INTERSCHUTZ, we act as a platform for partnership-based networking on the megatrends of our time and on approaches for joint solutions." Optimization Of Processes Digitization, communication and overarching forms and systems of cooperation play an obvious role in this" The fields of rescue services and civil protection are also positioning themselves in relation to the lead theme. Johanniter Unfall Hilfe, for example, focuses on connecting people and technology for the benefit of people. "In the rescue service and in civil protection, everything revolves around the optimization of processes and procedures in order to serve the ultimate goal of saving human lives," points out Hannes Wendler, State Director of Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe (German Order of St. John) in Lower Saxony and Bremen. "Digitization, communication and overarching forms and systems of cooperation play an obvious role in this.” The challenge lies in enabling rescuers and helpers – equipped with specialist skills and all the available technical aids – to consistently act in a targeted and manner based on the situation at hand. Advancing Urbanization "We see ourselves as networkers for people – including our staff members and volunteer helpers," he says. "In addition to progressive HR development, this also includes space for innovative projects and services like telemedicine in offshore rescue and VR rescue simulations." As the flood of data grows, so does the complexity of the decision-making process Stefan Truthän, Managing Partner of hhpberlin Ingenieure für Brandschutz GmbH, focuses on civil security. His company deals intensively with the digital answers to new challenges, such as advancing urbanization, growing infrastructures and the increasing strength and frequency of natural phenomena. At the same time, digitization itself presents people with new challenges: As the flood of data grows, so does the complexity of the decision-making process. Concrete Connectivity Scenarios This leads Truthän to demand: "If civil security wants to take its mission seriously, data and thought silos need to be cracked open and the growing volume of data intelligently connected," he says. At INTERSCHUTZ 2020, hhpberlin will display a series of showcases highlighting the potential of digitization for civil security and fire protection. "Together with RXSK GmbH and selected partners from the digital industry, we will be using concrete connectivity scenarios to demonstrate the possibilities of new, non-redundant and latency-free collaboration," says Truthän. "Only if all actors interact more intensively and transparently than in the past, can cities become safer in the long run."
REAS is a joint production between Italian trade fair company Centro Fiera di Montichiari and Deutsche Messe Things are looking decidedly good for the upcoming REAS powered by INTERSCHUTZ trade show. Two months out from opening day, the organiser can already confirm that Italy’s leading platform for the rescue services and civil and fire protection will again feature exhibits from over 200 companies. Among them will be a significant number of German companies, who will use the Montichiari-based event to grow their presence in the Italian market. There will also be a solid contingent of German visitors, including a delegation from the German Fire Protection Association (GFPA). Place for networking and knowledge transfer “The show has gone from strength to strength in the last five years in terms of the number and quality of visitors and exhibitors,” said Andreas Züge, the General Manager of Deutsche Messe AG’s Italian subsidiary, Hannover Fairs International. “And thanks to its partnership with INTERSCHUTZ, it has now risen to international prominence. Of course, REAS is not just about company exhibits. Knowledge transfer and networking are also high on the agenda. All this makes it the most important platform for civil, rescue, fire and workplace protection solutions in southern Europe.” GFPA President Dirk Aschenbrenner sees both REAS and INTERSCHUTZ as vitally important catalysts for international technology and knowledge transfer GFPA President Dirk Aschenbrenner sees both REAS and INTERSCHUTZ as vitally important catalysts for international technology and knowledge transfer: “Even today’s advanced online communication and video conferencing tools can’t compete with trade shows as a means of sharing knowledge and making real connections with vast numbers of peers from around the world.” Skills development courses for disaster relief volunteers The thematic focus of REAS powered by INTERSCHUTZ is on civil protection. A number of organisations, including the Italian Red Cross, will be offering seminars and skills development courses for disaster relief volunteers as part of the show’s comprehensive program of lectures, workshops and panel discussions. REAS is a joint production between Italian trade fair company Centro Fiera di Montichiari and Deutsche Messe. The show spans a display area of over 20,000 square meters (215,000 sq. ft). Among the German exhibitors are companies such as Haix, Weinmann, DISC-O-BED, Lanco Dr. Lange GmbH & Co. KG and RND sportive GmbH. This year’s GFPA delegation will be led by Dirk Aschenbrenner and Claus Lange, who is also a member of the GFPA’s executive committee and the Fire Chief of the city of Hannover. Most of the visitors at REAS hail from Italy. They include senior executives from manufacturing and distribution companies, public authorities and institutions, and non-governmental emergency services organisations.