Test and Application Center L.I.N.K.

At a glance

The Test and Application Center L.I.N.K.

At its Nuremberg site Fraunhofer IIS offers a realistic and application-oriented development and evaluation environment for forward-looking technologies and services in the positioning, identification, navigation and communication sectors.

L.I.N.K. creates a unique combination of practical experience and research. We offer our clients and partners a unique test infrastructure along with the scientific expertise and practical experience of over 100 engineering, IT and business specialists. Technologies and systems can be configured and evaluated under realistic conditions without interfering with in-house processes.

Description of the test environment

Information and facts at a glance

  • 10,000 sq. m in the open air
  • A 100 m long test track
  • A reference metrology area for precise measurements to the last centimeter
  • RFID TAGS in a 84 sq. m reference area integrated in the 10 cm grid
  • Fork lift trucks, mobile racks, ramps, trucks, absorber walls
  • Transparent information-gathering through the combination of technologies, IT structure and realistic process management
  • All current positioning and wireless technologies, processes for angular and acoustic logging as well as for the measurement of field strength distribution
  • Technologies for the wireless communication of sensor data
  • Know-how and technologies for the widest possible range of positioning and identification systems
  • Spectrum monitoring

Technical Equipment

3D-Positioning System

A unique 3D positioning system

The Test and Application Center L.I.N.K has a globally unique 3D location system for the ultra-precise evaluation of positioning systems. Positioning systems can be evaluated automatically and standardized regarding the performance data across a total area of 850 square metres. In addition, the repeat accuracy of 1-2 mm enables follow-up tests to be carried out in identical scenarios. It is also possible to evaluate complex test series either in a standard process or to configure client-specific realistic application scenarios in dynamic test runs. Areas of application are to be found, for example, in manufacturing and security technology, the automotive sector, ambient assisted living (AAL), logistics, asset management and leisure applications.

Optical reference system (iGPS)

The Test and Application Center L.I.N.K is also equipped with the iGPS laser reference system. This exceptionally precise system can define the three-dimensional position of objects within an accuracy of 0.2 mm in both dynamic and static measuring scenarios. The mobile version of the reference system also enables measurements to be taken in the open air as well as unbroken test runs between indoor and outdoor areas.

RFID positioning unit

The purpose of the RFID positioning unit lies in the investigation and demonstration of the group reading process of UHF-RFID systems. RFID gateways are automatically traversed under controlled conditions on multiple occasions and then analyzed statistically. This enables system parameters, for example antenna positioning and various readers, to be tested. A 3D real time visualization of the transponder reading processes provides insight into the RFID reader behavior and supports the optimization of TAG positioning on complex metallic objects. The positioning unit can also be used to undertake valuable preliminary assessments which act as an ideal supplement to genuine field tests.

A variety of measuring systems have been installed in the Test and Application Center which can be combined depending on the application:

Positioning and wireless systems installed in L.I.N.K.

Positioning and wireless systems have also been installed in L.I.N.K. as well as metrology systems. The Test and Application Center is also equipped with a range of basic technologies - ranging from the measurement of run times and field strengths through to angular estimation. The following positioning systems developed by Fraunhofer IIS have also been installed at L.I.N.K. and can be used for the development of applications:

  • awiloc®: Free-standing WLAN and BLE positioning for cities and buildings
  • BlackFIR®: Adaptive positioning systems
  • GoalRef™: FIFA-licensed goal line technology
  • Pseudolites: Terrestrial substitute for satellite systems
  • RedFIR®: Ultra-precise real time performance analysis
  • s-net®: Highly efficient energy-saving multi-hop sensor networks
  • Object and status classification: Free-standing monitoring and tracking of persons and objects
  • Various commercially available positioning technologies. 

Applications

For all applications in which wireless positioning and communication technology is to be used, the Test and Application Center L.I.N.K. is your first stop for development and tests.

Examples:

Simulation and testing is possible in the following range of applications:

 

  • Automotive: Test track for applications in the field of driver assistance and navigation
  • Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) and medical technology: Seamless localization indoors and outdoors
  • Industry 4.0 and digitalized production: The optimization of manufacturing facilities and processes under real conditions as well as the networking of production units, products, tools and persons via intelligent objects as well as testing the use of cyber-physical systems (CPS)
  • The Internet-of-Things (IoT): Secure and robust telemetry links across long distance and comprehensive data collection and communication using wireless sensor networks
  • Logistics and material flow: Seamless localization for logistics applications
  • Safety technology: Tests of deployment scenarios of emergency crews under realistic conditions
  • Sport and leisure applications: Real-time performance analysis as well as goal line technology
  • Virtual Reality (VR): Immersion in virtual worlds across 1,400 sq. m using positioning systems
  • And much more!

Our offer

Fraunhofer IIS/Kurt Fuchs

Test and Application Center L.I.N.K.

So that we can define the best possible system for your specific application we offer a comprehensive technical advice starting at technology assessment, moving on to the development of technology-based services and processes through to the concrete implementation in your company. The Test and Application Center L.I.N.K. is your access point to a unique test environment.

This is where a wide range of technologies plus the experience of over 100 scientific staff active in the fields of positioning, identification, navigation and communication are available to you. This infrastructure, combined with the business know-how we have developed over the last twenty years will provide the optimal use of technology in your company.

Our superbly equipped Test and Application Center L.I.N.K. also makes the evaluation of complex test series possible in standard processes or the creation of realistic application scenarios in line with your specification. The evaluation will provide you with a customized assessment of your system in the form of a performance report which contains the test conditions in addition to key statistical parameters such as accuracy, reliability and range.

See your ideas in concrete form thanks to the customized solutions of Fraunhofer IIS.

Evaluation of Indoor-Positioning Systems in the Test and Application Center L.I.N.K.

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