Smart Sensing and Electronics

We develop smart sensors, integrated circuits and software solutions for a better everyday life.

Smart Sensing and Electronics

Applied Research – Bringing Technology to the People

In the division “Smart Sensing and Electronics“ we develop and realize customer-specific and future-oriented solutions in the fields of Medical Engineering, Electronic Imaging, Integrated Sensor Systems and IC Design. Integrated circuits that we have developed are found in machines and production facilities and in the vehicles of leading automobile manufacturers. Here are just a few examples of our solutions:

  • The measurement of vital parameters in sports, leisure and workplace safety
  • Intelligent 3D magnetic field sensors for better resource utilization in washing machines
  • Image analysis software for market research, Retail Analytics and Cognitive Robotics

We offer market-aligned solutions for our clients worldwide.

Hot Topic: Machine Learning

Learn more about the division´s guiding themes.

Hot Topic: Campus of the Senses Erlangen

One Division – Six Business Fields

The technology portfolio of “Smart Sensing and Electronics“ enables you to realize user-centered solutions in line with market:

  • As innovation driver, we are the leading contact for custom-tailored solutions in the fields of smart sensors, image processing and IC Design.
  • In close cooperation with our clients and based on the latest scientific results, we achieve technological breakthroughs for their long-term success.
  • Our interdisciplinary teams of scientists work closely together to ensure our solutions satisfy our clients´ particular requirements.

Take a look into the technology portfolio and the competencies of our division “Smart Sensing and Electronics“.  

Medical Data Communication and Sensor Systems

Our focus of work is the development of sensors for mobile monitoring of vital functions for medical applications.

Image Analysis and Pattern Recognition

One focus of our research activities is the development of processes for automatically detecting and analyzing objects.  

Integrated Circuits and Systems

The focus of our activities lies on digital and mixed-signal design flows as well as on design solutions for increasingly complex electronic systems.

Medical Image Analysis and Machine Learning

We offer solutions in the fields of medical image analysis, computer assisted diagnosis, computerized microscopy und digital pathology.

Imaging Solutions and Systems

We develop solutions for measuring and inspection tasks in the industrial quality assurance as well as for medical devices and multimedia.

Integrated Sensor Systems

Intelligent sensors are key elements of modern, autonomous systems.

Your Partner for Future-oriented Industries

We are driving smart technologies into the connected car: for more safety in tomorrow´s autonomous driving. Our medical technologies provide better diagnostics and patient care in hospitals. Our intelligent sensor systems and specialized camera systems take you to the next level with Industry 4.0 and support you in saving money and time. Higher customer satisfaction means higher sales: Our “Smart Signage“ solutions supply you with the relevant data in order to stay competitive and to get a better sense of who they are and what they want.


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Press release

Use your microscope as a scanner

Berlin-based VMscope GmbH licenses and distributes iSTIX® developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS.

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See, feel, train – virtual surgical simulator to premiere at MEDICA

“” helps surgeons prepare for individual patient cases prior to surgery, and enables them to practice the surgery.

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Mobile analysis system for trace substances in liquids

Now a novel mobile biosensor system can quickly and reliably detect pollutants and contaminants in liquids.

© Fraunhofer IIS/Kurt Fuchs

Press Release

Digitization in medical engineering

At MEDICA 2017 the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS is presenting the MCube microscope system as well as optical 3D techniques for improved orientation in endoscopic views and the CardioSHIRT.


Human Perception Goes Digital at the Campus of the Senses in Erlangen

Future multisensory digital systems will have the ability to understand and simulate human sensory perception. The aim of the Campus of the Senses in Erlangen is to conduct fundamental research into the digitalization of human sensory experiences and to derive new technologies and services from this knowledge.

Privacy by Design

The report published on June 8th 2017 by the Bavarian Data Protection Authority for the Private Sector (BayLDA) confirms that the AVARD system doesn’t process personal data but only anonymous data. Thus, AVARD ensures the compliance with data protection laws at 100%.

Fraunhofer IIS Technologies Supporting Effective Toothbrushing – Individually Tuned to the User

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FitnessSHIRT – Wearable Technology with Intelligent Software Developed by Fraunhofer IIS

Satellite-based Exploration of the Earth´s Magnetosphere

Highly accurate measurements of the Earth’s magnetosphere from space. For the first time a new kind of integrated circuit is used.

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Video Analysis System AVARD is Certified to the German Data Protection Guidelines

© Fraunhofer IIS/Stephan Junger

Integrated, Low-cost Color Sensor for Controlling LED Lighting

The Fraunhofer IIS has developed a color sensor with an integrated on-chip filter for controlling color and brightness fluctuations that can occur with LEDs.

Exhibitions and Events


November 12 to 15, 2018

Medica 2018

Take a look at our technologies at our booth G05-H04 in hall 10 and booth A23 in hall 15!


Traid Fair / 13.11.2018

Electronica 2018

Join us at electronica, the world's leading traid fair for electronic components, systems and applications, from November 13 to 16, 2018 in Munich, hall C5, booth 426.

Josef Sauerer

Contact Press / Media

Josef Sauerer

Head of Division Smart Sensing and Electronics

Fraunhofer IIS
Am Wolfsmantel 33
91058 Erlangen, Germany

Phone +49 9131 776-4410

Fax +49 9131 776-4499