E3 - Open and Live Explosion Event Monitoring


Who is behind this?

Ines Knäpper




Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Science for Peace: Use of explosives especially in urban areas is the defining phenomenon of the last and current century. E3 aims to reduce such excesses of violence by collecting live and open scientific hard evidence by multi-sensor technology autonomous stations.

Where will your idea take place?

France, Dortmund, Germany

Why does Europe need your idea?

Europe - who suffered twice the crisis of a world war - is specially interested to ensure stability and security in the world. Nevertheless Yugoslav Wars and the current Ukraine crisis remind us that even constant world attention and trying to react reasonably, cannot fully prevent conflicts escalating in Europe itself. From the heart of Europe a strong collaboration and partnership between NGOs in the world of humanity and as initiative through the European Organisation for Particle Physics - CERN - E3 would give back to European citizens and help them seeing the story of conflicts as they happen and to fill the questions which lie between two satellite images.

What is your impact?

By the end of October we plan to have built a prototype for each of the three development chains we identified so far:
- a 4-channel tetrahedron single station (standalone triangulation)
- a 1-channel multi-hop network station (min. 3 of them recording an event to allow triangulation)
- a mobile phone app version that allows to manually record events and add crowd-sourcing functionality
Within one year these prototypes should be tested by colleagues at international organisations in a conflict zone.

How do you get there?

-From now to June: A first working prototype of the 4-channel station using Arduino Dues, Raspberry Pis.

-June to August: A CERN summer student will be available to work on the project for 3 months to develop the first prototype under the supervision of team members.

-August: During the CERN Webfest hackathon a first version of the software web interface and the corresponding mobile phone application will be developed.

-August-October: In the context of THE Port humanitarian technology-related hackathon at CERN an inter-disciplinary team of professionals will plan and implement a 2nd prototype, which would be suitable for field-tests.

-December: Field tests by explosion experts.

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€ 19250,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 38000,-

Total budget

Major expenses




Idea created on April 14, 2015
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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