HFC provides services to help optimize the safety and reliability of industries, which require high levels of reliability. Those include, among others:
- Safety analysis and safety audits
- Analysis of incidents and accidents
- Constitution and operation of safety management
- Human factors concepts
- Process and organization design, change management
Our approach is based on the consideration of the complex interactions between teams of people, technical systems, and their organizational environment. The basic principles of our work are high levels of expertise, experience and confidentiality in respect to such safety issues.
In a joint project between Germany and Israel researching civil security research, under the project management of the Physikalisch-Technischen Bundesanstalt (PTB, Physical-Technical Federal Institute), HFC and the other project partners researched the detection of hazardous materials in cargo. The aim of the joint project ACCIS is to build a demonstration system for the automatic detection of explosives and radioactive material in cargo. To achieve this goal, an innovative screening method is being researched and tested, in which the evaluation is carried out automatically. The possibilities of utilizing such technology at airports and border crossings are examined, including the analysis of legal frameworks and acceptance of procedures.
In the context of project TUSIMA (tunnel simulation and human factors analysis), the impact of tunnel geometries on human feelings and behavior was examined using real-time simulations. A model of human behavior was implemented that takes into consideration the effects of behavioral patterns on safety. The tunnel simulator that was realized within the scope of this project has a unique focus on human-related safety factors which makes it the only one of its kind in the world; opening up a wide spectrum of new possibilities for a safety-enhanced planning of tunnels used for traffic.