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Safety and Security Modules for Large Public Events

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The planning and realization of large public events constitute enormous challenges for the stakeholders. Considering tragic accidents in the past, for instance the Love Parade in Duisburg, the aspect of safety becomes increasingly important.

Unfortunately the variety and complexity of the events often do not allow the use of standard safety concepts. The aim of the project "BaSiGo – Safety and Security Modules for Large Public Events" ( is to develop a modular approach that serves as a basis for the planning and evaluation of large public events. The project BaSiGo is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).

In this project the expertise of the responsible public authorities and organizations with security tasks is combined with the experience of event agencies. The results of preceding BMBF research projects in this area (Hermes, EVA, VeRSiert and SiKomm) are integrated through an intense collaboration with participating research institutions and universities.

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The main tasks of Forschungszentrum Jülich in the project BaSiGo include the planning and execution of large-scale laboratory experiments on pedestrian dynamics with up to 1000 test persons, the development of methods for the automatic extraction of individual pedestrian trajectories and the analysis and modelling of pedestrian flow for use in computer simulations. In particular, we want to investigate the emergence of critical states within large crowds under controlled laboratory conditions. In this way, we will incorporate scientifically founded design parameters for the planning of large events in the modular concept of BaSiGo. Furthermore we plan to improve computer simulations to an extent that they can be used in the planning process, to reliably identify hazardous congestions areas in advance.

Sponsored by the BMBF