SIXTHSENSE Kick-off Meeting Press Release

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 883315.

Lifesaving technology for those charged with saving lives

The European Project SIXTHSENSE on health monitoring with sensory feedback for enhanced situational awareness was launched in Donostia-San Sebastián on May 19-20, 2020

On May 19 and 20, the kick-off meeting of the EU-funded project SIXTHSENSE – “Smart Integrated eXtreme environmenT Health monitor with Sensory feedback for ENhanced Situation awarEness” took place in the virtual space shared between nine participating countries. The project is a multidisciplinary innovation and research action with the overall aim of developing a wearable health monitoring system with closed loop tactile biofeedback, that allows first responders in hazardous situations to sense their current health status. It will allow early detection of risk factors that could lead to rapid deterioration of health or operation capabilities of first responders, by leveraging predictive models based on multimodal biosensor data (e.g., lactate, Na, K, HR, temperature). As a team management tool, it will enable real-time monitoring of all deployed operatives, helping increase team effectiveness and operational safety.

To help accelerate the pace of technological advancements aimed at first responders, beyond the scope of the project, SIXTHSENSE will establish a novel research methodology for sustainable inclusion of first responders in a co-development process.

SIXTHSENSE is funded within the EU Horizon 2020 program as a 36 months  project, with the overall funding of €7.242.442,5. The project consortium comprises 21 organisations from nine European countries, coordinated by TECNALIA Research & Innovation (Spain). The project consortium comprises three universities: Aalborg Universitet (Denmark), Universidad de León (Spain) and Technische Universitaet Chemnitz (Germany); five European Research and Technology Organisations: TECNALIA (Spain), Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft (Austria), BioNanoNet Forschungsgesellschaft (Austria), Eucentre Foundation (Italy) and Tecnalia Serbia (Serbia); two large industry representatives: Jobst Technologies (Germany) and Methrom DropSens (Spain); and five SME partners: Senetics healthcare group (Germany), TeleGroup (Germany), Smartex (Italy), Global Electronic Solutions (Serbia), BiFlow Systems (Germany) with different areas of expertise. The project also counts active participation from first responders organisations, as Serbian Mountain Rescue Service, Association of Mountain Rescue Organizations of B&H and four fire fighter companies with different profiles from Gumpoldskirchen (Austria), Postojna (Slovenia), Rijeka (Croatia) and Pavia (Italy), and a fire rescue training and risk management experts –  IFR (Austria).

senetics healthcare GmbH & Co. KG has expertise in the development of sensor devices and sensor data fusion. Therefore senetics will be the coordinator of work package 5, which focuses on development and validation of data fusion algorithms. Senetics is honored to participate in this prestigous and ambitious research project and is looking forward to develop an innovative wearable device for those who need and deserve it the most: first responders.For further information see the project’s website or

Project Coordinator: International Business Development Manager TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION  Parque Científico y Tecnológico de Gipuzkoa Mikeletegi Pasealekua, 2 E-20009 DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIÁN – Gipuzkoa (SPAIN)

Contact Senetics: Scientific Associate & Project Leader senetics Senetics healthcare group GmbH & Co. KG Hardtstrasse 16  D-91522 Ansbach