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Intercommunal concepts to strengthen the resilience of metropolitan areas

Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Management Agency: VDI Technology Center

Duration: 01/2014 - 04/2017


Interkom had the goal of strengthening the security situation of the population and keeping it stable in crisis situations. This is achieved by increasing the subjective feeling of security.

The ten project partners researched a holistic concept in which the components inter-communal risk management, inter-organizational crisis management, citizen-centered information management and inter-communal assistance in their interaction increase the resilience of metropolitan areas.

The functionality of municipal administration is indispensable for the security and the common good of the population and the economy. But: The aspects of emergency planning are rarely considered in a structured and scientific way for administrations in crisis situations. This is precisely the task that needs to be performed jointly, which was made possible thanks to the funding of the Interkom project by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The end result should enable risk and crisis management across cities and thus improve the security of all citizens.

In the event of a power failure, the burden on personnel will increase to a level that can no longer be afforded. Additional resources will not be available. The first effective measure will be to prioritize municipal tasks so that all available resources can be used to deal with the crisis situation. At the top of the agenda will be tasks such as

  • Coordination of the administrative structures and the crisis unit
  • Maintenance and operation of traffic control systems
  • Control and economic help in families (§31 SGB VIII)
  • Coordination and planning
  • Health protection: Ensuring the emergency medical service

For the acute prioritization of municipal tasks and services - depending on the danger situation - but also for mutual information and communication between the municipalities, an information and data basis was researched that can be linked to already existing situation management and communication systems. This information and data basis provides the structures of municipal tasks, a situation-dependent overview of tasks to be prioritized, their objectives and interfaces, failure scenarios and alternative measures. The crisis center or a municipal office can use it to make acute decisions on which tasks to prioritize in order to protect the population and the economy, what consequences a failure has and what damage-reducing alternatives are available.

The IT-technical execution was discussed between all parties involved and was carried out according to the requirements of the municipalities in order to optimally integrate the information and data basis into the municipal processes of crisis management. For this purpose, all municipal tasks were examined in intensive workshops, which were carried out by the project partners Fire Department Gelsenkirchen and University of Paderborn together with the cooperating cities and municipalities. The diverse results and findings were evaluated and processed for use throughout Germany.


  • Consistent information across all levels of crisis management
  • Interfaces between population, local government and crisis management
  • Increasing the reliability of local government
  • Intercommunal assistance when human and material resources are exhausted
  • Networked cross-organizational process management
  • Identifiable security situation in the population as situation information for crisis management
  • Effective information of the population through crisis management
  • Subjective security in the population
  • Consistent crisis management decisions

Research at C.I.K.

In addition to the overall management of the project, the following scientific and technical results were achieved in the sub-project of the C.I.K.:

  • Scenario template and scenario database,
  • IT support for intercommunal risk management,
  • Concept for context-sensitive information fusion,
  • the Interorganizational Crisis Management,
  • Platform for networked process management,
  • Prioritization of municipal tasks,
  • supporting work in WP 3

Interkom was funded with approximately 2.85 million euros over a period of three years and three months as part of the BMBF's "Research for Civil Security" program.


Dipl.-Inf. Therese Habig

Computeranwendung und Integration in Konstruktion und Planung

Therese Habig
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