Protection against the consequences of a Catastrophe, the Personal Safety Pod

Life is our most precious endowment.

1. Protection against the consequences of a Catastrophe

As a consequence of earthquakes and other catastrophes experienced all over the world, many friends, colleagues and loved ones have been lost.

But SOME managed to SURVIVE. Why?

Research into these survivor situations has provided insight into the conditions which enabled them to prevail; in some cases against unbelievable odds. They simply survived because they happened to make their way into safety zones accidentally. They were actually unaware either of the hazard they faced, or of the consequences of their decision to move in the direction and to the location they found themselves. They were lucky.

If these persons could be certain of, and directed to a Safe Haven, then there would be a much higher probability of significant numbers of survivors.

By merely securing themselves inside the shelter, in protected space, persons in danger have merely to activate the identifying beacon, and await the end of the dangerous event or in the worst case, the rescue teams. Strong though compact, the engineering characteristics of these havens enable them to withstand upwards of 100 to 120 tons of downward pressure, roughly the equivalent of ten floors of structure.

Personal Safety Pod Inside

2. Technology Recognized Internationally

  The Personal Safety Pod technology has received:

- the Gold Medal with special jury congratulations at the International Invention Contest Geneva 2005 ;
- the EMERCOM Medal and special prize granted by the Russian Federation Ministry of Emergency Situations (FEMA equivalent) awarded at Geneva ;
- the Gold Medal awarded at the International Invention Contest of Bucharest INVENTIKA 2005 and also the Diploma of Excellence ;
- the Gold Medal with congratulations at the International Invention Contest Bruxelles, EUREKA 2005 ;
- the EMERCOM Special Prize - Bruxelles .

Medalie Emercom


Medalie Geneva 2005


Medalie Eureka 2005

EUREKA  2005

Medalie Commander Cross


Medalie Inventika 2005


3. Product Description The Personal Safety Pod was conceived to maintain its integrity and to sustain human life as a result of a catastrophe and to ensure survival of the occupants until the danger passes or, in the case of the building collapse, until recovery teams successfully recover them.

The product was initially conceived for use in older buildings, often in need of retrofitting, as an efficient method of protecting the inhabitants. Though by no means a solution to the need for building improvement, it nevertheless provides a safe haven for the inhabitants until such time as the often expensive and long-term work is completed.

In newer buildings, the occupants find themselves protected from small shards and other breakable materials, against larger movable objects inside the room which may fall during events of catastrophe such as earthquakes, and finally against the downward crush of building collapse, perhaps the product's most compelling feature. Further, the Personal Safety Pod provides an oasis for sustaining breathing, oddest temperature control and visibility in problem areas.

Key Advantages of the Personal Safety Pod include:

- Protects the occupant from harm from glass shards and small objects hurled around the room, and larger objects which fall an earthquake, catastrophe or the outright collapse of a building.
- Communicates location, minimizing exposure to the occupants.
- Properly maintained and provisioned, the interior sustains life for periods of thirty days or more.
- Exterior can maintain pod integrity for four days, under direct pressure.
- Enables communication with rescue teams and family.
- Appropriate for old or new buildings,
- Ready to use immediately upon installation.
- Fits into many creative spaces, and can be moved and reinstalled to suit.
- Manageable by two persons.

Containment areas might include these easily accessible areas of the home.

Personal Safety Poad Bed Personal Safety Poad Black Personal Safety Poad Next to Cupboard







- Use: Protects life in case of earth-quakes, tornados, hurricanes, terrorist attacks, war actions ;
- Size: 700 (wide) x 1000 (high) x 1000 (deep) mm (29 “ x 40 ¾” x 40 ¾”) ;
- Weight: 240 lbs ;
- Resistance: designed - 250 kN (25 tones) on vertical compression, without deformation ;
maximum - 1200 kN on vertical compression, without major deformation ;
- Involves: resistance layer / outer skin / inside protection layer ;
- Warning: real time warning, connected with the geological survey center ;
- Protection: mechanical protection, eyes, breathing ways (breathing air reserve) ;
- Surviving: air, water and food reserve, medical and first aid kit ;
- Technical: communication with rescues squads, electronic locator (transceiver) ;
- Focus time: within a few minutes, responding to beacon, by rescue teams ;
- Support: psychological support: voice module, outside communication, light ;
- Optional use: civil use for tremors or tornados and hurricanes military use as a guard shelter, with reinforced surface ;

5. Live Stress Tests

a. Software test
b. Laboratory test at the Bureau of Bucharest Technical Construction University
c. In situ, in a 36 m building which was demolished by explosion

a. The software test

Once the pod dimensions were determined, software was used to find the optimum structure shape, to provide resulting maximum resistance for a reasonable weight (easily handled). This took into account the importance of our calculating hypotheses as we chose pressure of high severity, for every structural type and several stress conditions. The goal was to reach a minimum of 250 kN (25 tons) for the compression stress.

We performed 2,000 simulations over a period of two (2) years, during which only a few dozen configurations were selected. Ultimately there remained only six(6) and finally just one configuration which demonstrated optimum performance, and that greatly surpassed our intended objective.

b. The Bucharest Technical University Construction Laboratory

Once the optimum resistance structure was identified, it was tested in the laboratories of the Bucharest Technical Construction University, which produced a report of the results. (Ref. Page 8).

We realized one single trial, in the most severe configuration: the force was applied in a single point on a very reduced surface (a disc of 12” diameter). The support covered only about 66% of the shelter base area and the corners had no support, so the risings were without support so they weren’t helpful for supporting the compression stress.

In such a situation the laboratory confirmed the structure resistance, without major deformations, of 670 kN (67 tones) much more over the value of our target
(250 kN - 25 tones).

Currently the force is applied on a much bigger area and the support (the floor) covers 100% of the shelter’s base area, so all corners will work in compression, which will rise the resistance of the shelter to a 1 000 - 1 200 kN
(100 to 120 tones). This is equivalent of the weight of a concrete compact tower with a 1 sq. m base and 48 m high or 320 block floors of 15 cm thickness.

Personal Safety Pod Test


The force application was done on a very small surface, thus making the attempt to be very severe/stern.

The attempt stand offers as support/relliance o surface smaller than the one of the structure base/fundation. None of the beams/poles was supported, thus making the attempt to become extremely severe


Personal Safety Pod After Test

Before the demolition

Before the demolition

1 second after the explosion

1 second after the explosion

5 seconds after explosion

5 seconds after explosion

c. Attempts in situ

The attempt was made even this time in much more severe conditions than in the case of an earthquake provoked by explosion demolition. The forces that appear in the case of an explosion are much bigger than in the case of an earthquake, so the tested modulus was submitted to extreme attempts, much more severe than in the case of an seism. Also, the demolition through explosion is done in a manner much more violent than the demolition caused by an earthquake.

The 2 metallic structures were placed in a 36 m high building : one of them at the + 6.00 cote and the other at + 30.00, which corresponds to the emplacement at the 2 nd and the 10th level, in a 12 levels block . Both of the structures were retrieved intact after the release under the rubbles, so the persons protected by the Individual Protection Module would have survived inner in the moment of the building demolition but also after this, till the arrival of the descarceration teams.

MY S.U.P.E.R. SHELTERSafe User-friendly Personal Emergency Rescue

ShelterTECHNICAL DATA· Use: Protects life in case of war actions, earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, and terrorist attacks, · Size: 700 (wide) x 1000 (high) x 1000 (deep) mm (29” x 40 ¾” x 40 ¾”).

Weight: about 300 lbs.· Resistance:designed: 250 kN (25 tones) on vertical compression, without deformation maximum: 1200 kN on vertical compression, without major deformation.

Involves:resistance layer / outer skin / inside protection layer.

Warning: real time warning· Protection:mechanical protection, eyes, breathing ways.Surviving: air, water and food reserve, medical and first aid kit.

Technical:communication with rescues squads, homing signal· Focus time: within a few minutes, responding to beacon, by rescue teams.


Psychological support: voice module, outside communication, light. Options :civil use for war zones, tremors, tornados, hurricanes and terrorist attacksmilitary use - with reinforced surface.

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