The InSignA High-Performance Center

Collaborative project to pool research capabilities in Ilmenau

Initial pilot projects were launched at the Intelligent Signal Analysis and Assistance Systems – InSignA for short – High-Performance Center in 2022 following its foundation the previous year. The center was co-initiated by resident Fraunhofer Institutes – Fraunhofer IIS and the Fraunhofer Institutes for Digital Media Technology IDMT, for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, for Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB and for Nondestructive Testing IZFP – which wanted to strengthen their collaboration and pool together their research capabilities for tackling joint projects. Other partners are TU Ilmenau and the IMMS Institute for Microelectronics and Mechatronic Systems.

An example of a current collaborative project is the center’s work with the Ilmenau public utilities company to digitalize the power grid. Fraunhofer IIS is contributing to the project by supplying know-how from its communication systems research field on subjects such as 3GPP standardization and LPWAN technologies.

InSignA provides digitalization support to SMEs which lack the financial resources to have their own research departments. A key goal of the high-performance center is to encourage companies to approach and collaborate with the research institutions. This will deliver lasting benefits to the technological innovation culture in the region.

© Fraunhofer IDMT, Stefanie Theiß
Prof. Dr. Jörg Robert shows LPWAN-Open-Source-Modul