Presentation of AKUT at the Forum of the International Fire Academy in Berlin

The International Fire Academy (IFA) held its annual commanders' forum in Berlin from March 16 to 18, 2022, to promote the international exchange of experience between fire departments, partner organizations, and tunnel constructors and operators.

Franz Graf presents the Acoustic Tunnel Monitoring on stage.
Dr Franz Graf at the presentation of AKUT, Credit: International Fire Academy


The forum helps to generate practical operational procedures for managing incidents in underground transportation facilities.


Among the topics discussed at this year's IFA forum were impressive operational reports, new safety systems, psychology for operations based on evacuations, social media in operations, and organisation and teaching.


Dr. Franz Graf from DIGITAL was invited by IFA to present the Acoustic Tunnel Monitoring - AKUT. Due to the rapid incident detection and alerting in less than one second, AKUT is the optimal solution for every tunnel operator to quickly detect critical incidents in tunnels and to initiate first measures. During the presentation, Franz Graf also provided insights into the alerting and experiences of the fire departments when fighting the fire of a truck-mounted crane in the Gleinalm tunnel in October 2018.


More than 100 participants from fire departments and tunnel operators attended the forum, Credit: International Fire Academy