Fraunhofer AISEC

Fraunhofer AISEC is developing hardened embedded systems in which software safety mechanisms are complemented by suitable hardware functions.

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Fraunhofer ESK

Fraunhofer ESK performs applied research in information and communication technology processes.

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Fraunhofer FIT

Fraunhofer FIT specializes in ubiquitous, cyber-physical systems and solutions in the Internet of Things.

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Fraunhofer FKIE

Fraunhofer FKIE is engaged in the development of innovative technologies for the detection, reconnaissance, and prevention of threats.

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Fraunhofer FOKUS

Fraunhofer FOKUS is developing manufacturer-neutral solutions for the ICT systems of the future.

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Fraunhofer HHI

The research at Fraunhofer HHI focuses on the development of modern communication and multimedia systems as well as innovative information technologies.

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Fraunhofer IEM

The Fraunhofer IEM is working on design techniques for embedded systems that are aligned with the development of complex multidisciplinary overall systems and integrated in the methods of model-based, interdisciplinary systems engineering.

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Fraunhofer IESE

In product development, Fraunhofer IESE focuses on the implementation of model-based systems and software engineering with guaranteed qualities.

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Fraunhofer IFF

Fraunhofer IFF performs R&D to find solutions for smart work systems, resource-efficient production and logistics, as well as convergent supply infrastructure.

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Fraunhofer IDG

Fraunhofer IGD is the globally leading institution for applied research in Visual Computing.

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Fraunhofer IIS

Innovative localization solutions as well as wireless communication systems such as RFID, telemetry, and wireless sensor networks are the core competencies of Fraunhofer IIS.

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Fraunhofer IOSB-INA

In October 2009, Fraunhofer IOSB-INA in Lemgo was founded as one of the sites of Fraunhofer IOSB with a focus on industrial automation technologies.

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Profile of the Alliance

Successful applied research and consulting on embedded systems must take into account the disciplines of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science in an interdisciplinary manner.

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has outstanding competencies regarding these engineering disciplines. The aspiration of the Fraunhofer Alliance Embedded Systems is to bundle the necessary expertise in the areas of mechanics, electronics, and IT across the members of the alliance in order to offer solutions for problems encountered both in individual disciplines and in the overall system, including the interactions between the various disciplines.

Description and Goals of the Initiative

Embedded systems are a central component of technology products, e.g., in transportation, medical technology, or automation. In addition, they are usually interconnected with each other and increasingly open (e.g., towards the Internet). Embedded systems are found as control units, as groups of control units, as groups of control units in a system (e.g., an airplane), and as stand-alone systems, which includes being embedded in their operating systems. The latter are also called “Cyber-Physical Systems”. The German economy continues to be characterized to a large extent by companies whose roots are in mechanical or electrical engineering. These industries include, for example, the automotive industry, mechanical and plant engineering, as well as medical technology. Most of the product innovations and USPs of products “Made in Germany” are a result of the integration of embedded systems. Since all high-tech areas are dependent on embedded systems, these systems have great importance for the economy.

Overall, it is to be expected that the market for applied research in the area of embedded systems will continue to grow. The current developments towards cyber-physical systems will generate a great need for research in embedded systems. The major industries that exist in Europe and particularly in Germany will ensure that the market will not shift to other regions. In order to give due consideration to this development and its significance for the German and European industry, the Fraunhofer ICT Group initiated the founding of a Fraunhofer Alliance Embedded Systems, which was confirmed in 2010 by the Executive Board of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and which in the meanwhile has grown to encompass 12 member institutes.