Digitization in times of Corona
As a research institute for “Digitale Vernetzung“, we support customers and partners from administration, politics and industry in the current pandemic with our digitization expertise and know-how in various industries. How? On this page you will find an overview of our “FOKUS vs. Corona“ research projects and other contributions.
DEMIS: German electronic reporting and information system for infection protection
Fraunhofer FOKUS supports Robert Koch Institute in design and implementation of electronic laboratory messages. The electronic notification means that the information on SARS-CoV-2 infections is faster and more completely available to the public health authorities.
Digital help coordination in times of crisis with the Open User Lab of Fraunhofer FOKUS
In April 2020, the Open User Lab of Fraunhofer FOKUS, partner of “Hack The Crisis Berlin”, organized an online video lecture on digital aid coordination in times of crisis together with project initiators from WirHelfen and CoronaPort.
KATWARN: Warning and information system with reports on the local corona situation for citizens
Fire, severe storms or unexpected dangerous situations – the KATWARN warning system is there to protect us from catastrophes.
KATWARN directs official warnings and recommendations for action to the people affected. Only authorized authorities and security organizations decide on content, timing and scope.
Guest article: Does Corona accelerate the digitalization of administration?
Ernst Bürger, head of the department Digitale Verwaltung/ Steuerung Onlinezugangsgesetz (OZG) in the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI), provides an overview of how the pandemic has affected OZG implementation and how the BMI has responded to the crisis in an article for the Competence Center Public IT (ÖFIT) at Fraunhofer FOKUS.
Research and Work during Corona
Fraunhofer FOKUS very quickly created a hygiene concept and discussed it with its employees at an early stage, so that they were able to work from their home office as much as possible. A shift plan was drawn up for a necessary on-site presence at the institute and all measures were checked by B·A·D GmbH, an occupation well-being provider which is responsible for occupational safety at Fraunhofer FOKUS.
The B·A·D seal of approval for occupational health and safety standard COVID-19 confirms that Fraunhofer FOKUS complies with the occupational health and safety standard COVID-19, which has been in force nationwide since April 16, 2020. Furthermore, it complies with it in an exemplary manner to protect its employees, customers, and the Institute's operations.
As far as possible, we do not work at the Institute. This also applies to customer contacts. Customer visits to the Institute are still possible but must be registered. Visitors are only admitted if they agree to the Fraunhofer FOKUS hygiene concept, which will be sent to them in advance. A security check is carried out at the reception desk and, if not available, a mouth & nose protector is issued. At the Institute, the known rules of distance and hygiene must be observed. Only a limited number of people are allowed on each floor at the same time. For this reason, appointments may be postponed to another day.
The health of the employees is the highest priority. For this reason, further restrictions may be imposed in individual cases. Nevertheless, the Institute's ability to work is guaranteed at all times.
The staff can of course still be reached – preferably by e-mail. Office numbers have been redirected to cell phones or computer-based call services. Telephone and video conferences are of course an ideal means of staying in touch in times of Corona. Events at the FOKUS event center will not take place until further notice. Alternative digital formats have been developed and already successfully used. Business trips are only permitted in exceptional cases.
In the current situation, Fraunhofer FOKUS gives top priority to keeping everyone healthy. Fraunhofer FOKUS is looking forward to continuing our good cooperation and stay healthy!