Positioning and Networks

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
© Photo 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!

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The Intelligence of Objects

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

© Photo Fraunhofer IIS/David Hartfiel

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
© Photo Fraunhofer IIS/Kurt Fuchs

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.

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

Positioning and Networks / 30.10.2014

© Photo Fraunhofer IIS

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.

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Goooooooaaaaaaaaal! Or maybe not?

Positioning and Networks / 11.8.2014

© Photo Fraunhofer IIS/Kurt Fuchs

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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