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Positioning and Networks


Press Release / 28.9.2023

The Future of Indoor Navigation – 13th IPIN Conference on Indoor Positioning brought International Experts to Nuremberg


Press Release / 9.3.2023

There is room for AI even in the smallest space

AI, ML - these letters stand for a new era of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and microelectronic systems that enhance many areas and applica-tions  ̶  including embedded systems.


Press Release / 27.9.2022

Q-Bo makes condition monitoring of bolted joints and screws on wind turbines efficient, smart and sustainable

At WindEnergy 2022 in Hamburg, institutes of the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence for Cognitive Internet Technologies CCIT will demonstrate how sustainable energy can even be efficiently and sustainably monitored and maintained. 


Press Release / 24.5.2022

mioty® ̶ The all-around talent for industrial IoT applications handles 3.5 million messages per day

Robust transmission of sensor data for condition monitoring and smart metering – this is what recommends the wireless and standardized transmission technology mioty from the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS for applications in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). But it can do even more: it enables hundreds of thousands of sensors to be connected via just one base station. This is a huge advantage, especially in the smart city and smart building sectors with many end devices. Using mioty, 3.5 million messages per base station can be read out and transmitted per day.


Press Release / 22.11.2021

mioty technology protocol integrated in Silicon Labs Series 2 sub-GHZ SoC platform

The standardized Fraunhofer mioty protocol stack for Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) and IoT applications is implemented and tested in the newly introduced wireless bidirectional sub-GHZ SoC (System on Chip) Series 2 platform EFR32FG23 (FG23) from Silicon Labs. 


Press Release / 27.8.2021

Project on energy-saving mobile radio base stations wins silver in innovation competition

The Fraunhofer Institutes IIS and IAF together with the University of Freiburg/INATECH win second place with their joint project “EdgeLimit – Evaluation of Power Electronics in Modern Edge Cloud Systems” in the innovation competition “Electronics for Energy-Saving Information and Communications Technology” launched by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The project consortium is funded by the BMBF to realize their solution for energy-saving mobile radio base stations.


Press Release / 5.5.2021

Efficient and robust networking: Fraunhofer IIS research team wins Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 2021

The networking of objects in the Internet of Things — or IoT for short — is becoming increasingly important, and demand for connected IoT devices is growing rapidly everywhere, from consumers to Industry 4.0. But until now, no suitable and reliable method of communication has been available for transferring many thousands of data packages at the same time. A team of researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen/Nuernberg has now overcome this challenge with the newly developed, ready-for-market mioty® wireless low-power wide-area transmission system. The team receives the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize, which is awarded to employees of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft for their outstanding scientific achievements in solving application-related problems.


Press Release / 12.4.2021

At the Hannover Messe 2021, Fraunhofer IIS will be showing precise, cognitive technologies and solutions for IoT and 5G

What do localization and networking have in common with the Internet of Things? Both technologies are the basis for interactive and self-sufficient Industry 4.0 processes and smart mobility applications. A self-calibrating localization system allows flexible processes, tools, driverless transport systems, assembly systems etc. set-up, re-design and adapt to new work processes easily and in real time -  in the production hall as well as outdoors.


Press Release / 9.11.2020

Smart Screw Connection – Fraunhofer CCIT presents wireless, self-powered monitoring solution

Loose screws at important connection points are a considerable safety risk. The Research Center IoT-COMMs – part of the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Internet Technologies CCIT – has developed a smart screw connection that enables wireless, self-powered monitoring. A thin-film sensor measures force effects on the screw connection as well as changes in the ambient temperature at the installation site. The screw regularly transmits load data via the standardized mioty® wireless protocol for monitoring purposes. The aim is to implement a self-powered approach to the permanent long-term monitoring of structures such as bridges, scaffolding and wind power plants. The solution will be presented for at the SPS Connect.


Press Release / 3.11.2020

Sensor connectivity in buildings via a single base station – Fraunhofer IIS presents LoPAN, a robust new energy-efficient wireless technology

The new LoPAN wireless technology from the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS paves the way for numerous practical applications, such as connecting temperature sensors to an air-conditioning system to reduce energy costs and simultaneously or selectively monitoring and controlling numerous blinds, postboxes, and heating systems over a remote connection. This technology links up and networks any number of sensors via a single base station. Unlike conventional remote maintenance and control applications for smart homes and smart buildings, LoPAN brings together advantages such as high energy efficiency, broadcast communication, a long range of several kilometers, and highly robust and therefore reliable transmission of the required sensor data – even in the vicinity of coexisting wireless protocols or in challenging environmental conditions.


Press Release / 9.10.2020

Tamper-proof satellite navigation: Fraunhofer IIS wins Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 2020

Police, customs, fire brigades, critical infrastructure – they all increasingly depend on satellite navigation. But satnav is easy to disrupt and manipulate. A research team from the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS has found a fix for this security predicament. Robust, trustworthy and tamper-proof – with this solution the team receives one of four Joseph von Fraunho-fer Prizes 2020, each endowed with 50,000 euros.


Press Release / 16.6.2020

Fraunhofer assists with the development of the Coronavirus Warning App

Germany has launched its own Coronavirus Warning App on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Released by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), following development by SAP SE and Deutsche Telekom AG, the new app could prove a key digital component in the fight to control and contain the current coronavirus pandemic. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft continues to be closely involved in technical aspects of the project – in particular, key components used to estimate physical distance by means of the exposure notification API (application programming interface).


Press Release / 15.5.2020

mioty® technology gains importance for LPWAN applications

At the embedded world 2020 the mioty alliance was introduced to a large audience of leading companies from research & industry, such as Texas Instruments, Fraunhofer-Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, and Diehl Metering. Since then the alliance has registered an ever-growing number of enterprises that have decided to join. The mioty joint patent licensing program has been organized by Sisvel International S.A. to make mioty technology available for innovative LPWAN applications in various areas like Industrial IoT, Smart City or in smart buildings. The new Fraunhofer IIS features for robust, reliable and energy-efficient solutions, like Energy Harvesting, provide an attractive technology pool to boost massive IoT applications.


Press Release / 6.2.2020

On the road to autonomous driving – automated merging maneuvers

When merging and overtaking in complex traffic situations, drivers must pay extreme attention. A lapse in concentration can sometimes lead to accidents – something that automated driving assistance systems work to prevent. The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, together with its project partners RISE, Scania, Waysure, Ceit-IK4, Baselabs and Commsignia, has made another successful step towards autonomous driving as part of an EU-funded project PRoPART. On a test track in Sweden, automotive industry experts were able to see how well the automated merging solution performed in an impressive live demonstration with a truck.


Press Release / 8.5.2019

Fast as a puck, hard as ice hockey: Real-time tracking for live analyses

On a typical pass in ice hockey, the puck hurtles across the ice at high speeds. Retrospective analyses provide more clarity. For the first time, the American Ice Hockey League NHL can now display various match analyses in real time. A 20-strong research team from the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS makes every movement in the game measurable – up to 2,000 times a second. Thomas von der Grün, Norbert Franke from Fraunhofer IIS and Thomas Pellkofer from jogmo world corp. will be receiving the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize for their work. It will be the seventh time in a row that Fraunhofer IIS will receive this prize.


Press Release / 27.2.2019

Fraunhofer IIS, RoodMicrotec GmbH and EBV Elektronik GmbH announce cooperation

Fraunhofer IIS gives access to new technologies using EBV Chips platform. Turnkey manufacturing services for chips will be performed by RoodMicrotec. Fraunhofer IIS has been developing various best-in-class solutions for over 30 years. Two of new technologies are RFicient® Basic, an Integrated Ultra-Low-Power WakeUp Receiver with low latency, and s-net®, a networking protocol for low power, self-organizing multi-hop communication. With this new cooperation, these solutions will be available for a broad range of applications.


Press Release / 15.2.2019

Using Energy Harvesting to power wireless sensors in production environment

Wireless sensors are an essential component in the Industrial Internet of Things IIoT. To record and transmit various kinds of physical parameters and data, such sensors require permanent power. Fraunhofer IIS has developed a self-sufficient power supply specifically for IIoT sensors that uses existing vibrations, for example from machines, to generate electrical energy.  


Fraunhofer IIS presents technologies for cognitive IoT sensor technology at the electronica 2018 in Munich

The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS will present technologies for cognitive sensors and electronic components in the Internet of Things (IoT) at the electronica from 13th to 16th November 2018. With live demonstrations, visitors can learn how processes and applications with localization, communication and power supply technologies can be made more effective in order to maintain competitive advantages.


EnABLES, a new European effort enabling sustainable energy solutions for IoT applications

The European Union H2020 “EnABLES” research infrastructure project has just launched its Transnational Access program, which offers free-of-charge access to equipment, tools and expertise related to ‘powering the internet of things (IoT)’. The vision of EnABLES is to develop Energy Harvesting solutions and finding ways to reduce the power consumption of devices to eliminate the need for battery replacement.


Fraunhofer IIS demonstrates 5G solutions for Industrial IoT at Mobile World Congress 2018

Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS will present its latest mobile communication developments towards 5G at the Mobile World Congress, February 26 to March 1, 2018, in Barcelona, Spain. Live demonstrations will show how advancements in positioning and low-latency communication are accelerating industrial processes.



Ensure quality in assembly with intelligent tools – pilot project with BMW Regensburg

At the Hannover Messe, together with the BMW Group, the Fraunhofer Institute IIS is presenting a project for developing and testing an intelligent screwdriver for use in assembly. A special attachment module that is connected directly with the IT system receives the respective order and uses sensor data to check for and then signal order completion. This way, the production employee knows at all times if the order was completely and correctly carried out. The test application is currently in preparation in the production line at BMW in Regensburg, providing a basis for possible extensions of the intelligent tool.



Secure communication in the Internet of Things with the IoT-Bus

The secure and reliable connection of physical objects is a crucial success factor for applications in the Internet of Things (IoT). The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS has developed the IoT-Bus, the first fieldbus to feature IPv6 support and an integrated security system. It combines Internet-protocol support with the advantages of a fieldbus, resulting in extensive range, high reliability and robustness and low latency.



Global launch of HolodeckVR: Star Trek’s Holodeck Fantasy Becomes Reality at ISPO MUNICH 2017

At ISPO MUNICH 2017 the Fraunhofer IIS officially launches HolodeckVR. HolodeckVR uses different tracking technologies allowing multiple users to slip away into adventure and move freely around up to 40,000 m2 of virtual worlds. Fraunhofer IIS teams up with partners like Messe München and fashion company Bogner to bring its HolodeckVR technology to market.