SIXTHSENSE (Smart Integrated eXtreme environmenT Health monitor with Sensory feedback for ENhanced Situation awarEness) 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.