SIXTHSENSE is an European Horizon 2020 project that leverages electrotactile stimulation to continually convey this information to the first responder wearing it, through the messages coded in tactile sensation induced by transcutaneous stimuli.

The project started on 1 May 2020.

The EU funding is €7.242.442,5.

The project is coordinated by Dr Goran Bijelić from TECNALIA Research & Innovation (Spain).


SIXTHSENSE is a multidisciplinary innovation and research action with the overall aim of developing a wearable health monitoring system with closed loop tactile biofeedback, that allows first responders in hazardous situations to sense their current health status. It will allow early detection of risk factors that could lead to rapid deterioration of health or operation capabilities of first responders, by leveraging predictive models based on multi modal biosensor data (e.g., lactate, Na, K, HR, temperature). As a team management tool, it will enable real-time monitoring of all deployed operatives, helping increase team effectiveness and operational safety.

To help accelerate the pace of technological advancements aimed at first responders, beyond the scope of the project, SIXTHSENSE will establish a novel research methodology for sustainable inclusion of first responders in a co-development process.


TECNALIA Research & InnovationTECSpain
Aalborg UniversitetAAG Denmark
Technische Universität ChemnitzTUCGermany
Universidad de LeónULESpain
Joanneum Research ForschungsgesellschaftJRAustria
BioNanoNet ForschungsgesellschaftBNNAustria
Tecnalia SerbiaTECSRSerbia
Jobst TechnologiesJTGermany
Metrohm DropSensMDSSpain
Senetics Healthcare GroupSHGGermany
Global Electronic SolutionsGESSerbia
BiFlow SystemsBFSGermany
Freiwillige Feuerwehr GumpoldskirchenFFGAustria
Eucentre FoundationECFItaly
Firefighters PaviaVFPItaly
Mountain Rescue Service of SerbiaSMRSerbia
Association of Mountain Rescue Organizations of B&HMRBB&H
Prostovoljno gasilsko društvo PostojnaGDPSlovenia
Rijeka Fire BrigadePGZCroatia