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We make sure digitalization is tidy

At Fraunhofer FOKUS, we explore and develop the networked world – making it secure, reliable and trustworthy. We connect everything.

20 billion – this is how many connected devices will be in private homes and businesses by the year 2020. This development will fundamentally change communication and interaction in all areas of life and work, from highly automated driving and new entertainment options to smart cities and the factory of tomorrow. Digitalization should ensure a higher quality of life, more sustainability and more security. To achieve this, devices have to be connected – but so does (almost) everything else: people, things, systems, processes and organizations.

Innovative applications and business models usually come about through the intelligent integration of data from different sources and domains. An understanding of the different industry-specific and legal requirements is needed here, because there is not just one type of digital transformation. We have many years of experience in the fields of mobility, public safety, administration, e-health and media, with additional technical expertise in systems quality, network infrastructures and software-based systems.

We view ourselves as a provider- and technology-independent mediator between industry, research and the public sector. We advise our customers in politics, administration and industry on their digitalization strategy and help them implement it. To do this, we provide test environments and develop prototypes that are secure, interoperable, and user-oriented.

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Sustainable digitalization is no child’s play

At Fraunhofer FOKUS, we are shaping digital transformation based on social guidelines and research sustainability through digital networking. We connect everything.

55 TWh of energy is consumed by the entire internet infrastructure each year in Germany alone and it generates as much CO2 as the annual inner-German air traffic. One of the goals for sustainable development formulated by the United Nations as a guideline for all countries up to the year 2030 is to consider the needs of the future generation. However, much of the digitalization process is taking place without us being aware of the resources we are using. 

We are convinced that sustainability must be taken into account from the very beginning. If we design and secure digital solutions in accordance with social guidelines, intelligent digital networking can ensure that resources are used more efficiently, for example when using renewable energy in production or for optimum traffic control.

We create the technological groundwork for sustainable digitalization and provide innovative and prototypical solutions.

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It’s groovy only when the timing is right

Fraunhofer FOKUS provides distributed, real-time communication systems for industrial applications. We connect everything.

3.1 million industrial robots are expected to be in use in factories worldwide by 2020. Their networking, control, and maintenance pose great challenges for all those involved in Industry 4.0: Communication in the factory of the future must be secure, consistent and in real-time to avoid downtime and ensure smooth operations. In addition, numerous other sensors and actuators are integrated into existing systems via “Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)” technologies.

For the networking of machines, processes and manufacturing operations, our IIoT Center combines know-how in industrial network technologies, standards-based connectivity and machine-to-machine communication. We provide real-time data analysis tools that can be used for plant monitoring and predictive maintenance, for example. For a secure, reliable and fast network, we also rely on locally networked, intelligent nodes (fog/edge computing nodes). With the TSN Interoperability Lab's “Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) + OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA)” test environment the IIoT Center offers a standardized and real-time communication infrastructure for manufacturing and controlling applications that require low latency and adherence to exactly reliable communication sequences.

We support companies on their way into industry 4.0 with training, analyses of the current production infrastructure, strategy development, technology and feasibility studies, demonstrators, interoperability, load and security tests as well as integration work. The offers are directed at plant operators, system integrators, machine and plant manufacturers, component suppliers as well as IT companies for production.

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Only the right mix turns data into health

Interconnectivity is essential – Fraunhofer FOKUS ensures the secure exchange of medical data between patients, practices and hospitals. We connect everything.

5 billion* treatment documents are transmitted annually between medical practices, laboratories and hospitals, mostly by fax or letter. In the health-care sector, it can have serious consequences if important documents are not available on time, information is missing or even lost. In addition, many patients use devices such as wearables, which may contain relevant information, but which have so far hardly been medically considered. The Internet of Things is making the sources of medical data increasingly diverse. For a modern and effective medicine, it is crucial that the quality of the data is secured and that all necessary data is brought together safely and quickly in the right places. Only then can they be processed appropriately and used for the well-being of the patient.

We develop new IT solutions in the fields of e-health and telemedicine taking into account medical, health economic, regulatory and technological requirements.

For the exchange of medical data both between physicians and with patients, we are researching interoperable solutions for medical data traffic and the necessary security architectures. Our telemedical platform for rehabilitation is an example that is already being used in practice. We are also working on the international standardization of IT solutions in the healthcare sector. At a national level, we recommend measures to improve interoperability between IT systems, for example in the “Interoperability Planning Study” of the Federal Ministry of Health. We are also conducting research into the further development of semantic networks for medical knowledge.

*Source: FAZ, 9.1.2017, “Mit Datenschutz zum Datenschatz – Was die Digitalisierung des Gesundheitswesens leisten muss”, Hermann Gröhe

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Oh no, why are we already there?

At Fraunhofer FOKUS, we develop the 5G network infrastructures of tomorrow, today – enabling you to connect seamlessly even at high speeds. We connect everything.

3.25 billion hours are spent watching YouTube videos around the world every month. More than half of these views come from mobile devices. The demands placed on the internet will continue to grow rapidly with massive multimedia applications such as video streaming and virtual and augmented reality.

As we see it, 5G is not just a new mobile communications standard. The network is evolving into a software-based infrastructure that provides the perfect virtual network – known as a slice – for every application.

In addition to multimedia applications, which need high bandwidths above all, two other clusters are emerging here. One is the Internet of Things (IoT), which is used in smart homes, for example. A large number of devices (sensors, sensor clusters) need simultaneous access to the network for this. Security-critical (also known as mission-critical or ultra-reliable) networks are another cluster. These are used for disaster control for example, or for controlling critical infrastructures such as the electricity grid. Networks such as these require high security standards, a high quality of service (QoS), and low latency times.

We provide technologies for flexible software-based networks, such as network slicing and dynamic network management. From international telecommunications providers to startups, we offer our customers tools for managing their network infrastructure as well as test environments for evaluating their components or new 5G services at an early stage.

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Do not disturb! Passenger dreaming of autonomous driving

At Fraunhofer FOKUS, we evaluate autonomous vehicle functions in complex traffic simulations before conducting field tests. We connect everything.

52 percent of all patents for autonomous driving worldwide had been filed in Germany by the summer of 2017. The mobility of the future will especially benefit from digital connectivity. Connected cars, autonomous or automated driving, collaborative mobility, and integrated and intelligent mobility are just a few of the most important topics here.

We develop solutions for highly automated driving, and integrated urban mobility. We implement cooperative and collaborative driver-assistance systems, support our customers and partners in the validation of prototypes, impact assessments and field tests. One central component is the connection of vehicles to other vehicles as well as to traffic management systems, traffic lights, local public transportation, pedestrians, etc. Vehicle-to-X communication makes cooperative driving possible. For example, traffic obstacles can be identified and communicated by the vehicles ahead, before the driver even sees them.

Thanks to many years of experience in this field, vehicle-to-X communication is a core expertise of Fraunhofer FOKUS. We also research issues of data sovereignty in road traffic and the impact of autonomous and networked cars on cities, as we are doing at our test field for autonomous and networked driving in Berlin-Charlottenburg.

Our customers and partners include companies in the mobility and automobile industries as well as universities and other research institutions.

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Proven – some people live in another world

At Fraunhofer FOKUS, we analyze and visualize data for journeys into virtual reality. We connect everything.

24.4 million people worldwide are expected to be using virtual reality (VR) products (such as VR goggles) by the year 2020. To deliver the necessary content, we need real-time-capable image processing and graphics algorithms for visualization, tracking, data fusion and interaction. These enable razor-sharp, high-resolution images while ensuring the intelligence needed to evaluate and fuse the data from imaging sensors.

We use such real-time-capable image processing and graphics algorithms to develop visualization and assistance systems that are used in entertainment, medicine and aeronautics. We are also working on the fusion of sensor data and development of system architectures for image processing and display systems. In the field of medical technology, assistance systems for minimally invasive surgery are becoming smarter. They enable pre-op data from computer tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), superimposed over the current camera image from an endoscope in real time. These augmented reality solutions are also being used in deep-sea robots. The live images from the robots are sent to a spherical screen in the control room of the research ship to provide a spatial impression of the ocean floor.

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Making it even easier to pop the question 

At Fraunhofer FOKUS, we develop digital technologies for the public administration of tomorrow – to save you from standing in line. We connect everything.

43 percent of agency directors and decisionmakers in German administration view e-government and digitalization as their greatest challenge. This is hardly a surprise since a digital administration cannot be achieved from one day to the next simply by setting up digital devices and connecting them to the internet. The digitalization process is complex, and it requires entirely new processes in public agencies. Citizens and companies want to be able to access public services digitally in the future. But to do this, they require legally compliant authentication and communication channels as well as attractive e-service offers.

As a neutral mediator, we support public authorities, business and governments in the implementation of secure, interoperable ICT solutions in the public sphere. For more than ten years, we have been operating the “eGovernment Laboratory” as a networking platform for administrations and IT companies.

Our services include requirements analyses for e-services, technology policy consultation, roadmaps and implementation strategies for e-government solutions, the accompanying quality assurance, interoperability tests, and certification. We also draw up trend analyses, whitepapers, and information sheets on issues of digital and social policy.

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Don’t get caught with your hand in the cookie jar

Quality first – at Fraunhofer FOKUS, we ensure the quality and reliability of networked software-based systems. We connect everything.

25 vulnerabilities per Internet of Things (IoT) device according to an HP study have been detected on average. To ensure that companies, customers and their data remain protected and high costs caused by product recalls are avoided, quality assurance is essential. In the age of the IoT, quality assurance is even more complex. After all, more and more devices – such as our washing machines, robots in factories, and even solar panels on the roof – have their own IP address and are connected to the internet. Thanks to the IoT, we can theoretically start our washing machine while we are sitting in a restaurant or control entire production facilities from almost anywhere in the world.

Obviously, there are both advantages and disadvantages to this. We need not look any further than hacker attacks designed to steal data or paralyze entire infrastructures, such as the energy supply chain. Both the devices in the Internet of Things and the infrastructure behind them must be fail-safe to prevent personal danger and financial losses.

We work across multiple domains to ensure the quality and reliability of networked systems. Our services include the development of system and software architectures, cybersecurity and safety, risk analysis and management, model-based system development, testing and verification, and certification support – focusing on automotive systems, the IoT and Industry 4.0.

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Now the remote gives you total control

At Fraunhofer FOKUS, we make it possible to create and share 360-degree videos on all devices – giving you a unique perspective at the touch of a button. We connect everything.

24.3 million users took advantage of live-streaming services each month in Germany in 2017. Watching television is still one of the most popular leisure activities – ahead of listening to the radio or newspaper reading – but it is changing dramatically. The age in which shows were broadcast to our living rooms in linear formats with flickering images is coming to an end.

Digitalization is changing this medium, just as it did with music, books, movies and photography. Media usage is no longer linear – shows can be watched with a delay, additional information can be superimposed, and films can be replayed as 360° videos.

We develop technologies for video playout and streaming as well as apps for TV and other consumer electronics, and we are working on the implementation of 360° worlds of experience. With the 360° Video Cloud Streaming solution, for example, 360° videos can be played on an HbbTV television or a mobile device. Special devices are no longer necessary. This creates a whole new viewing experience for users, who can choose whichever perspective they want.

A combination of social media interaction on the TV or a second screen (the second or third mobile device used in parallel) makes this a perfect entertainment experience.

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Electrifying festival-goers the safe way

At Fraunhofer FOKUS, we bring hazard warnings from fire, police and weather services together in one place – for a network that provides safety and certainty. We connect everything.

30,000 alerts were issued in 2017 by the German Meteorological Service alone to warn people of dangerous weather situations via the internet, the WarnWetter app and the media. When it comes to floods, storms, major fires, toxic smoke clouds or bomb disposal, the ability to rapidly alert the population is critically important. For this to be possible, the relevant information has to reach citizens at the right time and in the right place. Information and communication technology is an important basis for this.

Intelligent data use and networked information technologies also support the coordination of rescue workers, the planning and implementation of emergency measures, the initial risk assessment as well as the overview of the situation.

“Who needs to know what and when about the threat?” – this is the key question in our development of warning and safety technologies, such as KATWARN. This warning system, which we developed on behalf of public insurers, is now being used by millions of people in Germany and, since the summer of 2017, operational in Austria as well. We advise the emergency services, aid organizations outside of emergencies and hazardous situations to ensure an efficient exchange of data and helpful interaction between the institutions. When developing and using new technologies, we strive to connect existing resources and cooperate with the manufacturers of security technologies and systems, the providers of measurement and sensor technologies, and universities.

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