Your Core Team and the Competences within fit4sec

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The IABG is a leading European high-tech enterprise providing independent solutions since 1961 in analytics, simulation & testing, and plant operations. The company is privately owned, and has about one thousand employees. It is essentially organized in six departments Automotive, InfoCom, Mobility & Energy & Environment, Aerospace, Space, and Defense & Security. The IABG facilities include those for the flight certification of major world jet liners, and the national space test center for the qualification and flight acceptance of satellite systems. IABG provides engineering test and analysis services using state-of-the-art facilities and technology. It offers customized support services to clients in the commercial, industrial, and research sectors both for large and small scale projects alike in a goal-oriented and cost-effective manner. In recognition of the increasing Cyber Security threats IABG is expediting efforts in this area by contributing in the buildup of relevant talent through the provision of advanced cyber range training, security solutions for industrial control networks, and advanced end point security for detecting and mitigating proactively unknown threats. As part of the BERKoS collaborative network the IABG is responsible mainly for networking and management between partners

Logo des Brandenburgischen Instituts für Gesellschaft und Sicherheit (BIGS)

The Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security (BIGS) is an independent, non-partisan, and non-profit think tank that conducts research into socio-scientific issues of civil security. BIGS publishes its research results and presents them to an interested public at functions and events. In largely research-funded research projects, BIGS has dealt with the proper political provision of security-relevant services, risk and crisis communication, innovation policy issues of the security industry, the conflict between scientific freedom and social security needs in multi-use research. More detailed information on research projects, publications and events can be found on the BIGS website (

Within fit4sec the BIGS had been dedicated to capacity building in the field of civil security, in particular networking in the field of societal resilience, as well as the efficient transfer of results of security research into the academic and vocational training. From 2017 on, the special focus will be on the intensified networking of actors in the field of civil security research as well as the organization and implementation of workshops on user requirements.

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Natural gas, electricity and district heat, water and wastewater: BDEW represents 1,800 companies

Members of all sizes and forms of organization / The sectors are the largest investors in the German industry

The 1,800 companies represented by the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft - BDEW), Berlin, differ widely in terms of their sizes and forms of organization. The spectrum of the Association’s members ranges from local and municipal utilities to regional and inter-regional suppliers. This large variety in the German energy and water market as well as in terms of drinking water supply and wastewater disposal is unique within the European Union.

BDEW was founded in autumn 2007 to combine the competencies of five different associations. BDEW is the main point of contact on all issues relating to natural gas, electricity, district heat as well as water and wastewater. The energy industry has thus combined its forces and is developing concepts which comprise all energy sources. The water industry with its own regulatory framework takes advantage of the synergies offered by a large association.
The common keynote „Energy. Water. Life.“ defines both the Association’s sphere of activity and its objectives: The Association’s members contribute with their products and services to safeguarding people’s quality of life today and in future. BDEW supports sustainable energy and water supply as well as wastewater disposal.

The members of BDEW are the largest investors in the German industry: In 2009, the energy and water industry spent more than 20 billion Euros on the extension and modernization of infrastructures. With approximately 277,000 employees, the sectors, ranking eighth among 29 branches of industry in Germany, are holding a top-level position. The companies of the energy and water industry supply electricity and water to almost all 40 million households in Germany. Furthermore, about 20 million German households are supplied with natural gas and five million with district heat. Further information about BDEW can be found under

Logo der Bundesanstalt Technisches Hilfswerk (THW)

The Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) performs the following tasks:

• Provides technical assistance within the framework of civil protection.
• Provides technical assistance on behalf of the Federal Government.
• Provides technical assistance within the framework of disaster control, public emergencies, and large-scale accidents at the request of the authorities in charge of hazard control, in particular in the field of recovery and repair.

It is one of the most modern relief organizations worldwide and participates in the global intermeshing of all relief organizations as an internationally active operational organization. Since its establishment in 1950, THW has grown into an essential part of Germany’s defense against all sorts of dangers. Today, due to its reputation as a reliable and competent partner, THW is assigned a sustaining role in civil protection by the United Nations as well as by the European Union. As operational division within the area of accountability of the Ministry of Interior, THW fulfills its role both domestically and worldwide. As such, the Federal Agency for Technical Relief can look back on its participation in thousands of missions: these include the rehabilitation assistance in Afghanistan on behalf of the German government, medium-term reconstruction efforts after the 2004 Indian Ocean seaquake, general support of the United Nations as well as search and rescue missions after different earthquakes and tsunamis.

Ninety-nine percent of THW’s 80.000 members are volunteers. When it comes to establishing the credentials for a modern operational organization, the qualification of its experts is of primary importance. THW therefore participates actively in a domestic and international information exchange network of requesters and cooperation partners. THW also takes on the challenge of keeping up with the vast and constant technological advancements. It aims at assembling its units to meet current civil protection needs based on state of the art knowledge.

Due to its extensive experience, THW fulfills high quality standards, matching those of the UN’s International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG). THW has already had ample opportunities to prove its tactical merit and conceptual conclusiveness, for example during severe earthquakes in Iran, Turkey, India and Nepal. The Federal Agency for Technical Relief has adhered to this process in the past years, since the conceivable disaster scenarios have changed. Severe natural calamities no longer occur once a millennium, the threats posed by international terrorism have increased as well as managing the aftermath of civil wars. All of the previously mentioned scenarios require a substantial joint effort by all states actively involved in global civil protection endeavors.

For the past several years THW has been participating in a variety of national and EU research projects. In 2014 a research and innovation management task force was established as part of the General Affairs Division. In 2015 it expanded to an independent Staff Unit under the supervision of the Director of Operations. THW currently participates in the following nationally funded projects: PRAKOS, REBEKA, RAWIS and BERKoS. It furthermore is the consortium leader of the projects DAREnet as well as SaySo and is involved as a partner in the project FireIn – all funded by the EU Commission.

Former Partners

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The Bundeskriminalamt (Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany) dates back to March 1951, directly subjected to the German Ministry of Interior. As a central institution for the cooperation between federal and state authorities in criminal police matters and for international cooperation, it has to pursue above all analysis, service and co-ordination functions. Together with further police forces of the German Federation and the Federal states, and in cooperation with foreign security agencies, the Bundeskriminalamt makes an active contribution to maintain internal security in a free, democratic Europe. By acting in a constitutional manner, the Bundeskriminalamt provides services to the citizens and to the state, as a matter of social responsibility, and thereby works towards the implementation of the value system laid down in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Germany. At present approximately 5.500 employees work for the Bundeskriminalamt, at three locations in Berlin, Wiesbaden und Meckenheim near Bonn.

Based on the constitution and the Bundeskriminalamt-Law, the Bundeskriminalamt is the central office for police information and communications as well as for the German CID.

  • Gleaning and analysis of information
  • Electronic data network and crime statistics
  • Forensic science and development
  • Criminological research
  • Monitoring, analysis of crime trends and development of instruments for the fight against crime
  • Special training for the criminal police staff
  • Drawing up expert assessments for police and justice

Since several years the Bundeskriminalamt participates in the EU research and innovation program, as well as in other programs (such as ISEC, ISF, 7th research and innovation program, Horizon 2020, Erasmus+ and national research programs for security matters) as an active partner.

This comprises as well the academic research in criminology and forensics. A tight network of research coordinators and specialized administration staff supports these activities.
On EU-level the Bundeskriminalamt is involved - amongst others - in the Horizon 2020 program with the projects MicroMole and Chequers, as well as with VISAGE and TITANIUM. On national level the BKA leads consortia in three projects (BMBF - Anwender Innovative).

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The Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS) develops non-proprietary solutions for information and communication systems of the future. The Berlin-based institute conducts research into the contribution that communication networks need to make so that living together becomes more comfortable and more secure, and in doing so addresses important challenges facing social development as well as the smart towns and cities of tomorrow. This includes, especially, access to information, sustainable and economical resource management, networked mobility and modern public administration. Within the scope of its research activities, Fraunhofer FOKUS builds bridges between enterprises, public administration, users and citizens. Fraunhofer FOKUS is working within fit4sec on the development of a knowledge management system that is to support the formation of new consortia in the context of Horizon 2020. The identification, structured acquisition and mapping of relevant research topics, projects and partners in the fields of crisis management and critical infrastructures play a central role in this connection.

Logo der Universität der Bundeswehr München

The University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich, founded in 1973, serves essentially to provide officers and officer candidates with academic training. The number of students has grown continually, with some 3,000 students registered at present, among them 300 females, around 150 foreign officers and foreign exchange students, as well as 50 civilian students.
The Bundeswehr University in Munich is responsible within the framework of fit4sec for research and development (R&D). The monitoring of R&D activities underpins the overall process of technology scouting in the field of security research, thus providing a "technology radar" as a tool.
Through the acquisition of data, the identification of promising key technologies and the evaluation of these trends, this technology radar permits a comprehensive and long-term categorisation of R&D activities. There is, furthermore, extensive networking of experts to support the dialogue between research, end user and industry and thus contribute actively toward security research.