OPMoPS – Organized Pedestrian Movement in Public Spaces
Organized Pedestrian Movement in Public Spaces
The digital decision-making aids developed in this project are designed to ensure that large events in public space, such as demonstrations, rallies, or parades, are made safer.
At a glance
Federal Ministry of Education and Research in the program “Research for Civil Security / Future Security in Urban Areas”
List of project partners
September 2017 – May 2021
About the project
Politically-motivated demonstrations and marches are considered a major threat to urban security when clashes between demonstrators and counter-demonstrators result in violence or even terroristic attacks. As urban parades and demonstration marches (in the following abbreviated by UPM) move through different parts of cities, the resulting space and time dynamics make it particularly difficult for civil security forces (abbreviated in the following by FCS) to guarantee safety at these types of urban events without endangering one of the most important indicators of a free society.
In this project, partners representing the FCS (police and industry) will cooperate with researchers from academic institutions to develop a decision support system (DSS) to help both in the preparation phase and crisis management situations of UPMs.
The development of this tool will be driven by the needs of the FCS, implemented using new methods of mathematics and computer science, and supported by research into social behavior of event participants. Assessment of legal and ethical issues related to proposed technical solutions are also an important part of the proposed research.
Virtual City Systems is developing an online DSS based on the VC Map platform that processes and visualizes complex information for FCS and public authorities to use.