Intelligent PPE system for personnel in high-risk and complex environments 

The main objective of the project is to develop advanced personal protective equipment (PPE) system that will ensure active protection and information support for personnel operating in high risk and complex environments in fire fighting, chemical and mining rescue operations. A new generation of intelligent protective equipment should reduce an occupational injures and diseases in the European Union, increasing European leadership in research and innovation focused on advanced and high-quality PPE systems..Safibra contributes to the development of means of the monitoring in a form of fibre optic sensors incorporated into underwear.

October 2009 - November 2013

In order of millions of euro. The project is partially funded by European Community under the "7 th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development"

The core of the project is the integration of the advanced materials and solutions applied for the development of multifunctional PPE, with ICT and sensor modules, aimed at real-time monitoring of risk factors (temperature, gas, oxygen level, etc.), users' health status (body temperature, heart rate) and changes of important protection features (e.g. end-of-service-life, air pressure in compressed units, etc.). The project approach takes into consideration research and development in the field of microsensors embedded into fabrics, optical fibers integrated with textiles, functional carbon nanotubes for achieving special properties of fabrics as well as communication module improvement. The new PPE system will address the needs of chemical rescue teams, firefighters and mine rescuers, who are particularly exposed to high-level risks. The major risks include: fire, explosions, high temperature, dangerous substances, smoke, dust, limited visibility, high humidity (especially in mining), as well as limitation of breathable air.

Scientific & Technological objectives: 

  • to integrate, within the structure of innovative PPE system, state-of-the-art materials,  components and ICT solutions, including multifunctional textiles, optical fibers, sensors of environmental factors and wireless communication;
  • to develop new high-performance materials (based on nano-engineering) and integrate them into the system, which enhance new PPE system multi-functionality and adaptability;
  • to assure ergonomic design of the new PPE system and validate its functionality by usability tests, aimed at achieving safety, comfort and high-level performance of target users.

The above-mentioned Scientific & Technological objectives will lead to the measurable and verifiable project outcomes achieved directly through the project milestones e.g.:

  • physiological sensors measuring heart rate, respiratory rate and body temperature integrated with textiles;
  • environmental sensors measuring concentration of oxygen, methane, carbon dioxide and monoxide, ammonia, chloride embedded into fabrics;
  • antielectostatic properties of fabrics with surface resistivity below 109 ω
  • end-of-service-life indicators for gas filter against chloride, ammonia, carbon dioxide.

Project homepage: www.i-protect.pl

List of partners:
In total 16 private companies, research institutes, and universities from European Union. 

  • Central Institute for Labour Protection - National Research Institute (CIOP-PIB), Poland (the Coordinator)
  • BAM Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung, Germany
  • Colorobbia Italia S.p.A, Italy
  • Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH), Finland
  • Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia (IBV), Spain
  • Instytut Techniki Górniczej KOMAG, Poland
  • Fundación LEIA, Spain
  • Sperian Respiratory Protection France, France
  • Vereinigung zur Förderung des Deutschen Brandschutzes e.V. (VFDB), Germany
  • Safibra, Czech Republic
  • Aero Sekur S.p.A, Italy
  • Coalesenses GmbH, Germany
  • neoVision Sławomir Zwolenik, Poland
  • Polski Koncern Naftowy Orlen S.A. (PKN ORLEN), Poland
  • Central Mining Rescue Stadion (CSRG), Poland
  • Orneule Oy, Finland



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