Positioning and Networks

FutureIOT provides urban and rural connectivity solutions

Cognitve Sensor Technologies / Positioning and Networks / 21.7.2021

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The FutureIOT platform captures and connects data from the real world. It can be used to coordinate processes and to monitor and optimize infrastructure. This is useful for a variety of applications, including animal health, parking space management, air quality measurement and connected sensor technology for fields. Dr. Christine Funk from Fraunhofer IIS is managing the joint project that brings together 29 companies and authorities as well as 11 partners from the scientific sector in Bavaria. Funded by the Bavarian Research Foundation, the project ran until the end of July 2021. In the video, IIS Executive Director Prof. Albert Heuberger explains how the platform benefits people and the environment.

AI series: Machine learning drives industrial projects forward

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / Postioning and Networks / 7.2.2020

Dr. Christopher Mutschler
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Dr. Christopher Mutschler is one of the AI experts at Fraunhofer IIS. He researches machine learning and ensures that scientific findings make their way into industry. In this interview, Ilona Hörath reflects on his career path and field of work.

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5G technologies for a range of use cases

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / Communication Systems / Positioning and Networks / 25.11.2019

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Prof. Albert Heuberger, Direcotr of Frauhofer IIS: "It is our job to give industry access to the latest technologies."

Prof. Albert Heuberger, Director of Fraunhofer IIS, explains the significance of research in the development and use of 5G and how it can benefit users.

The Machine Learning Forum brings experts and user together

Positioning and Networks / Cognitive Sensor Technologies / 8.11.2018

Dr. Stefan Barth, Stabilo GmbH
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Dr. Stefan Barth from Stabilo GmbH uses machine learning to teach pencils how to read

The Machine Learning Forum is a twice-yearly networking platform for industry and research. At the event on September 28, 2018 at Fraunhofer IIS in Nuremberg, we asked participants how they use machine learning in their companies.

The IoT enters the world of industry

Positioning and Networks / Cognitive Sensor Technologies / 11.7.2018

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Dr. Günter Rohmer is head of the Positioning and Networks Division.

Companies look to the Internet of Things (IoT) for reliable solutions that can be retrofitted to their applications. In an interview Dr. Günter Rohmer, head of the Positioning and Networks division, explained the key objectives for the IoT in industrial environments and set out the next milestones on the path towards Industry 4.0.

The assistant that lives in the tool – Ensuring quality in assembly

Cognitive Sensor Technologies / Positioning and Networks / 23.6.2017

Intelligent tools increase quality in assembly. © BMW Group
© BMW Group
Intelligent tools increase quality in assembly. An insight into the BMW Group plant in Regensburg.

Using a solution developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, the BMW Group in Regensburg is now giving their production assemblers digital assistants directly on their tools. The case in point: hand-guided electric screwdrivers. For every assignment, the tool tells its operator whether all screwing procedures for a given job were properly carried out. Done!

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.

Deriving energy from body heat and vibrations – energy harvesting makes it possible

Positioning and Networks / 13.7.2015

Low-energy sensor with thermoelectric power supply
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Deriving energy from body heat.

In the early morning hours when it's still dark, many joggers, cyclists and hikers strap portable lamps on their foreheads to make sure they can see - and be seen by vehicle drivers - without restricting their own mobility. It's not uncommon however for the LED lamps to suddenly grow dim and eventually stop functioning because the battery is empty. Apart from the inconvenience, this can occasionally lead to dangerous traffic situations.

Never Lose Your Way Again – Apps Enhanced with Awiloc Can Guide You Around Buildings and Urban Spaces

Positioning and Networks / 30.10.2014

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Never Lose Your Way Again.

Seamless wayfinding in urban environments, both outdoors and indoors, from spaces such as airports, railroad, subway or bus stations to office buildings, including the ability to easily locate a specific floor and room – just a pipe dream? Not any more, because Fraunhofer IIS has developed awiloc, a positioning solution which achieves precisely that without compromising your data privacy.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal! Or maybe not?

Positioning and Networks / 11.8.2014

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Goooooooaaaaaaaaal! Or maybe not?

Goal or no goal? Our GoalRef goal line technology knows all, sees all and transmits the information immediately to the referee's wristwatch. What makes our technology unique and differentiates it from camera-based solutions is that it functions in any kind of weather, even if bad conditions temporarily restrict visibility on the field.


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