Communication Systems

“5G will bring far-reaching changes”

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / Communications Systems / 13.3.2018

LTE Testbed
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5 G – Schlüsseltechnologie für Industrie 4.0.

5G is much more than the follow-up to 4G. We spoke with expert Bernhard Niemann about what the next generation of wireless networks can do better, what it will make possible, when it will be available, and what role Fraunhofer IIS is playing in the 5G rollout.

Satellite communication of the future

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / Communication Systems / 8.3.2017

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Recording a constellation diagram in the antenna measurement hall.

Space is teeming with satellites. They allow us to receive TV shows, give us Internet access on planes and ships, and keep communications going during disasters. We are working on a range of developments that will make this kind of communication more efficient, more flexible, and more stable in the future.

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The Intelligence of Objects

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / Communication Systems / Positioning and Networks / 8.3.2016

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The wireless communications technology MIOTY allows garbage cans to automatically recognize how full they are and can provide garbage collectors with an optimized route plan.

The quality of cleverness is something we generally attribute to people. Now objects are set to become intelligent too – and not just individual smart objects considered in isolation, but as a networked whole. For ex- ample, objects will be able to determine their “condition” themselves and “talk” to each other. Researchers at Fraunhofer IIS are developing the basic technologies required for this Internet of Things – and are doing so for the entire chain of applications.

Reaching new heights! Our digital communication radio tower in Erlangen-Tennenlohe

Communication Systems / 12.8.2014

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Our digital communication radio tower in Erlangen-Tennenlohe

As you approach our institute building in Erlangen-Tennenlohe, it's often the first thing to capture your attention: our 58-meter radio tower. It can be seen from afar, making it a Fraunhofer IIS landmark of sorts.

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