Automated detection, reporting and guidance system for rescue forces

Making an emergency call quickly and successfully is the first step in the rescue chain and therefore essential for saving lives and protecting property. Automatic detection and notification of fires and emergencies could significantly increase the level of safety here. This applies in particular to people with disabilities or older people who may no longer be able to reach for the telephone or rescue themselves from the danger zone in an emergency. The "ADLeR" project therefore aims to provide this target group in particular with greater safety and, at the same time, greater self-determination in everyday life.

The challenge

As part of the SifoLIFE competition, the Institute for Fire and Rescue Technology (IFR) of the Dortmund Fire Department and the Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering (ISST) initially developed a concept that included the technical, data protection-compliant and organizational integration of suitable approaches. This was evaluated positively and the project was selected for further funding for a four-year implementation phase, in which newly acquired partners are also involved.

iHaus AG is responsible for setting up a smart home environment that meets the requirements for detecting emergencies and providing operational support. A residential project run by Lebenshilfe Dortmund will serve as a model area in which the system will be installed and tested.

However, the innovative rescue chain in accordance with the ADLeR concept is not only to be optimized by integrating smart home systems: Automated alerting of qualified first aiders is also planned, who will also provide support in non-public areas, provided that consent and the technical possibilities for this are available. The app-based implementation and testing of the extended possibilities for providing assistance will be carried out by medgineering.


Our contribution

One of Fraunhofer ISST's main objectives is to implement a Gaia-X-compliant data room for the rescue chain. This data room will be designed in such a way that it ensures and protects the data sovereignty of citizens. Another focus is on the development and implementation of interfaces or connectors that are required for the connection of relevant sensor and actuator technologies. These technologies are crucial for collecting important data and triggering corresponding processes in emergency situations.

In addition, Fraunhofer ISST will design and implement a software component that will be developed specifically for the recording and transmission of fall and cardiovascular alerts. This is an important step towards improving emergency responses and ensuring the safety of people in critical health situations.



In the first phase of the project, the suitability of intelligent solutions for optimizing the rescue chain in emergency services will be tested. To this end, detection and reporting times are to be shortened through automated activation of the rescue chain, first responders are to be activated earlier to bridge the help deadline, and rescue forces are to be brought to the scene of damage more quickly through new digital applications.



  • City of Dortmund, Dortmund Fire Department, Institute for Fire and Rescue Technology (FwDo)
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering (ISST)
  • iHaus AG (iH)
  • Lebenshilfe Dortmund Wohnen GmbH (LH)
  • medgineering GmbH (mR)


  • DOGEWO21
  • City of Dortmund, CIIO
  • TU Dortmund University, Chair of Social Structure and Sociology of Ageing Societies
  • Institute for Digitalization of Working and Living Environments (IDiAL), Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts


  • Sponsor: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) / VDI-Technologiezentrum GmbH
  • Funding codes: 13N16805
  • Duration: 11/2023-10/2027