Applications and projects

Industry 4.0

Innovative information and communication systems allow a continuous digitization of value chains. The use of our production technologies combines wireless communication, positioning and sensor technology with application logic and process knowledge on one platform.

Typical applications are:

  • Process control and process monitoring
  • Intelligent commissioning
  • Predictive Maintenance
  • Condition Monitoring

Reference projects in the sector of industry 4.0



digitalization of production processes

Central process control, by intelligent good carriers and cyber-physical systems (CPS) enables a complete transparency of the current production status in order to control production planning flexibly an efficiently.



wireless mobile order picking

The wireless Pick-by-Light system based on s-net® technology enables a fast installation and simple redesign of shelves for flexible and low-effort order picking.




RFID in lightweight construction

Development of reliable RFID transponders, which function perfectly within conductive and at the same time heavily physically loaded parts.


networking to increase productivity

Development of a generic system for the flexible networking of multi-level production processes to increase resource-efficient productivity


Smart Fiber

Wireless data and energy transmission

Components made of fiberglass composite are reliably checked for constant loads. Integrated sensors can record temperature and load data. These can be read out by means of wireless data and energy transmission.



Secure communication for Industry 4.0

The IoT bus is the first fieldbus with IPv6 support and integrated security concept. It enables safe and reliable transmission of measured values ​​and control commands and a connection to the Internet of Things.



Communication of large plants

The SEEDs project demonstrates the implementation of a sustainable energy supply for units on the scale of industrial plants, which are characterized by maximum efficiency, economic efficiency and the greatest possible supply and stability autonomy.


In logistics, transparent processes bring enormous relief. For this, all necessary information such as position or environmental parameters must be collected. Networking and identification technologies can bridge the gap between the physical world and the information world.

Typical applications are:

  • Smart Container
  • Smart Tracking
  • Condition Monitoring

Reference project in the logistics sector



smart container for Kanban systems

Containers are equipped with sensors and s-net® technology, e.g. to detect and communicate filling levels. The smart containers form a cyber-physical system and provide the necessary data to automate Kanban processes.




continuous monitoring of ULDs

The combination of asset tracking systems and s-net® networking technology ensures secure monitoring and localization of cargo for real-time control of air freight containers.



cargo monitoring for sea containers

ConTrack is a freight tracking system with localization and mobile or satellite communication. Both the containers and the freight are monitored on their transport routes. For example, to optimize logistics processes or initiate measures to protect the goods.

Healthcare and Sports

In times of ever-increasing cost pressure in the healthcare sector, the efficient use of all resources is of central importance. With the help of networking and identification technologies, systems for wireless localization and environment monitoring for medical devices, patients or blood preserves are being developed.

Typical applications are:

  • Asset Tracking
  • Patient management
  • Condition Monitoring

Reference project in the healthcare sector



analysis of movement behavior

The INNOVAGE project combines a continuous analysis of the movement behavior of seniors with the implementation of appropriate movement measures based on s-net® technology.



Goal-line technology

Through a magnetic field around antennas in the gate, the goal-decision system detects exactly when the passive football is completely behind the goal line. This is evaluated in fractions of a second and sent to the referee's watch.



Process optimization in clinics

OPAL Health is a wireless location and environmental monitoring system for medical devices and blood supplies. This simplifies device management - and increases safety in transfusion medicine.



Process optimization for patients

With Olog-Pat, Smart Objects collect localization and condition data of the patients. They can collect, store and communicate information with their environment. 


Smart buildings integrate building systems and sensors to promote energy efficiency, comfort and productivity. The Internet of Things (IoT) adds new dimensions to traditional building automation such as lighting or indoor climate control - sensor data is transmitted to cloud-based IT platforms to link the data together. Battery-less devices play an important role in this because they offer more flexibility - self-sufficient and without cable compulsion, sensors for systems can be mounted exactly where they are needed.

Typical applications are:

  • building control
  • energy management
  • Condition monitoring

Reference project in the building sector



Safe lighting control

The IoT bus is for individual lighting control in modern buildings such. For example, for "Light As A Service" and "Human Cenctric Lighting" it is suitable due to its features such as remote communication.



Communication of energy plants

As part of the SEEDs project, Fraunhofer IIS is researching the implementation of an optimal communication infrastructure for energy management in industrial plants and buildings that have a high supply and stability autonomy. To this end, we are developing a communication solution for the realization of an intelligent and island-capable direct voltage (DC) subnet in real estate.