Positioning and Navigation

Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits

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A Core Competency of Fraunhofer IIS

Positioning and tracking have a multitude of uses and are of benefit to a range of industries. Applications include tracking of forklift trucks in warehouses, of soccer players on the field or of security staff on company premises. Each application obviously requires specific technology, since system requirements vary greatly depending on the intended environment and the degree of accuracy needed. Click these links for selective overviews of potential applications and completed projects.

Positioning Center of Excellence in Nuremberg

To be able to meet the requirements associated with this diversity of applications, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS concentrates its positioning and navigation expertise in a single research unit in Nuremberg, where more than 70 engineers and computer scientists in three departments pool their wide-ranging expertise. For the purpose of evaluating research results, we operate several local test beds.

How Our Partners Benefit

Our Nuremberg laboratories develop state-of-the art positioning technologies and continuously refine them. The solutions created range from wireless sensor networks to adaptive antennas and satellite navigation. More than ten different positioning technologies can be adapted, refined and combined for the benefit of our partners so as to create application-specific prototypes and systems. Click here for an overview of our technologies.


This means that we are able to deliver tailored positioning solutions to our partners across a wide range of industries. We offer the following services:

  • System development
  • Software and information licensing
  • System evaluation
  • Prototyping
  • Transfer to production
  • Consulting and feasibility studies
  • Liaison between partners and consortium coordination

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