Research Area Positioning

Tailored Solutions for Positioning


We develop customized positioning and navigation solutions. Relying on more than ten different positioning and navigation technologies, our specialists adapt, further develop and combine tailored prototypes and systems to arrive at a solution that best fits the needs of our partners and customers. Possible solutions include the use of wireless sensor networks, adaptive antennas, satellite navigation, and seamless location services.

Positioning - At a Glance


Positioning and navigation technologies have utility in a wide range of industries and applications, whether it's tracking warehouse forklifts, determining the position of soccer players on the field or locating security personnel on company grounds.


We offer positioning and navigation solutions tailored to the specific needs and applications of partners in a wide range of industries, whether it involves single modules and components or turnkey solutions.



We have more than 10 positioning and navigation technologies that can be adapted, enhanced and combined into custom prototypes and systems for our partners. We cover the entire value chain, from development platforms for R&D activities to licensable products for sales partners.


Find all product sheets regarding Positioning on this download page. They provide an introduction into Fraunhofer IIS Positioning technology and illustrate possible application scenarios.



There is an appropriate localization solution for every application. With offering a wide range of localization technologies we can meet every customer's need.

Testing Facilities

In developing positioning and tracking systems, it is vital to test the right technology in real-life conditions as soon as possible in order to save time and money. For this reason, we operate several test beds.

Press and Media

Positioning Press Releases

Current press releases relating to »Positioning« can be found in the Press & Media section of our web site.


Fraunhofer IIS’s awiloc® Technology for Positioning Makes EARTO Innovation Awards Final

Nuremberg/Brussel, October 15, 2015: The awiloc® technology received the second prize in the category Impact delivered at the EARTO Innovation Awards. A group of Fraunhofer IIS scientists developed the awiloc® technology for secure positioning in wireless networks.

GPS: Always reliable? - TV report September 17, 2015

In the television program X:enius on arte, Alexander Ruegamer, expert for Specialized GNSS Receivers at Fraunhofer IIS, explains the functionality of GPS.

Project »ways4me« receives Austrian State Award for Mobility 2015

Vienna, June 22, 2015: This project facilitates journeys for visually impaired people. The objective of ways4me is to realize a barrier-free application which brings together indoor and outdoor navigation with retrieval of information as well as communication with public transport. The Fraunhofer IIS technology awiloc® constitutes the basis for indoor positioning.

Tradeshows and Events



Hannover Messe 2016

25.4.2016 - 29.4.2016





CeBIT 2016

14.3.2016 - 19.3.2016





embedded world 2016

23.2.2016 - 25.2.2016

Messe Nürnberg
Hall 4, Both 4-70



René Dünkler

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René Dünkler

Contact Positioning

Fraunhofer IIS
Nordostpark 84
90411 Nürnberg, Germany

Phone +49 911 58061-3203

Fax +49 911 58061-3299