The need for radio communication by security and emergency services is well-known. Such technology offers certain mobility to emergency units and provides communication with the corresponding control station which manages the operational actions. Regardless of the good working order of the current security and emergency service networks there are certain situations in which this system does not provide a suitable solution and is lacking in features. The i2CAT Foundation together with Sensing&Control, Bombers de la Generalitat (the Generalitat’s Fire Department) and Mossos d’Esquadra (Catalan national police), aim to design an architecture which solves these problems and moreover provides further functionality and flexibility in order to improve the efficiency of the emergency services.


A series of scenarios where current networks and utilised systems can be optimised by means of new technologies has been specified by the project.

Scenario A: Chemical hazard and disarming of an explosive device.

In the case of emergencies related to chemical leaks or explosive devices, the TETRA communication device casts a high power emission that could provoke the activation of the device or trigger a chemicalreaction. Using a wireless sensor network is proposed on the base of its low power emissionwhich reduces the risks faced.

Scenario B: Cavesandsewer system.

This scenariocorresponds tothose operations performed by fire fighters and security personnelinthesewer system.The use of wireless sensor networks offers two services to security units: on the one hand, the capability to monitor the whole area, and on the other hand, a voice communication channel with the outside.

Scenario C:Urban fire.

In a similar manner to that of scenario A, sensors are added to the operation unit’s nodes. In particular a bio-monitoring system is integrated alongside the TETRA network and a voice communication system, which a result of the use of sensor networks, offers a reduced deployment timeframe as a strong point.


The results of this project are orientated towards the development of new services and products that profit from the advantages offered by the ubiquitous sensor networks. A series of pilot tests used to demonstrate the viability of the adopted solutions are obtained at intermediate milestones and at the end of the project. Finally, we carry out functional prototypes of the two scenarios to be developed.

  • UPC
  • Sensing&Control
  • Bombers de la Generalitat
  • Mossos d’Esquadra
01/2009 to 12/2011
Departament d’Interior de la Generalitat de Catalunya
240.000 €