01.10.2021| Feierliche Eröffnung des Living Lab. Nachdem das Living Lab im Januar diesen Jahres virtuell eingeweiht wurde, erfolgte nun die offizielle physische Einweihung unseres einzigartigen Test- und Innovationslabors. Die ca. 120 Gäste bekamen einen guten Eindruck in die Arbeit des DRZ und den Fähigkeiten des Living Labs. In einem Szenario auf unserem Außengelände zeigten viele robotische Systeme ihr Können und ihr Zusammenspiel mit den Einsatzkräften der Feuerwehr.
Am Nachmittag fand das Internationale Wissenschaftliche Symposium mit Vorträgen von Experten rund um das Thema Rettungsrobotik statt.
23.09.2021| The second Integration Sprint has begun. While the first sprint took place in April in Bad Oldesloe on the Minimax premises (read all about it here), this time the consortium met here in Dortmund in the DRZ Living Lab. In April, the focus was on the integration of robotic systems. Now that they are all connected and can exchange data, the next step is to test and practise the scenario. Because the big opening ceremony on 1st October 2021 is just around the corner - and on that day everything really has to be in place, or rolling and flying in a coordinated manner.
16.09.2021| Today "Referat 6" of the vfdb visited the Living Lab. From a thematic point of view, this group of experts from industry and practice deals with the topics of "vehicles and technical assistance". Accordingly, the interest in the new technology "rescue robotics" was very great. The unit was particularly impressed by the report on the task force's deployment during the floods in Erftstadt and Schleiden (both in Germany).
Head of Unit Karsten Göwecke, who is the Permanent Representative of the Berlin State Fire Director in his main job, warmly thanked Robert Grafe for the exciting tour and the insights into the upcoming innovations in the field of rescue robotics.
10.08.2021| We are very pleased to welcome another film team to the DRZ Living Lab. This time, the head of the Dortmund fire brigade, Dirk Aschenbrenner, gives an interview. The topic is the advantages that the new mobile communications standard 5G can bring to everyday life. We are talking about traffic control to protect school children or the use of virtual reality. But also the use for fire brigades and rescue services. The recordings were made by a video team from ACPP. You are welcome to read the interview on the website of the Mobile Radio Information Centre (unfortunately it is only in German)..
19.06.2021| What makes the Living Lab a Living Lab? Exactly, when the idea of transferring research and practice is lived live on site. That's what happened today when the Altstadt fire brigade from the city of Münster was here with its drone squadron. 8 comrades used our training track to further refine their skills and test new manoeuvres. Of course, there was also a theoretical part and an exciting exchange of experiences.
11.05.2021| The DRZ Living Lab was once again the stage for exciting filming. This time a live show was produced for the vfdb annual conference. The guest list was as colourful as the members and association partners of the DRZ - in compliance with our hygiene regulations, of course. For example, the Duisburg fire brigade was there with its impressive, brand-new command vehicle "ELW2". The programme for the live show demonstrated, among other things, the networking between the members of the DRZ around the technical possibilities in rescue operations. The programme started with a presentation of the test hall by DRZ Managing Director Robert Grafe. Already in the background, the DRZ drone pilot was preparing to demonstrate his skills on the DRZ UAV/AUS course. The fact that drones of various sizes and designs can support the work of the rescue forces was proven by an airplane-like drone from the DLR (German Aerospace Centre), which was challenged by some winds in front of the DRZ Living Lab. In cooperation with the Duisburg fire brigade, it nevertheless demonstrated the transmission of a situation picture system. Furthermore, the DRZ association member - Eurocommand - used its own software to highlight the seamless transmission of information, e.g. situation pictures, between different emergency vehicles (here in the RobLW and the ELW2). Prof. Surmann from the Westfälische Hochschule once again referred to the successful use of the DRZ for the LKA in Berlin. Here, drones with 360° cameras helped to investigate a major fire in a warehouse. In a concluding panel discussion, the focus was on application-oriented technologies in the field. A look was also taken at future technical developments and how the cooperation of the parties can succeed in a rescue operation.
Further impressions from behind the scenes available at the DRZ YouTube channel
Now the entire report from the DRZ for the vfdb conference is avilable on YouTube as well (in German).