The De-escalate project develops lighting scenarios that contribute to de‐escalating and managing potentially aggressive situations. By varying color, intensity and dynamics, interactive lighting can positively affect people’s social perception and behavior. It can influence attention, create atmosphere, provide social cues and contribute to self-regulation and awareness. These are first tested in the lab, as well as in the ‘living lab’ in the Stratumseind, Eindhoven.

The project has a broadly-based consortium of actively involved partners from a wide range of domains. Formally involved in the project are: Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), the Municipality of Eindhoven, Polyground (and through them local catering businesses), the Dutch Institute for Safety and Security (linked to Regionale Toezichtsruimte), Philips, The Lux Lab and GGzE. The local police authority in the South-East Brabant area also takes part in project discussions.