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Jul 18, 2017
From parking garage to smart multi-purpose garageFrom parking garage to smart multi-purpose garage
What is the key to effectively managing urban parking garages? In a collaborative project dubbed Park_up, Fraunhofer IAO is working with partners to develop long-term solutions. As part of the project, the partners are exploring digital utilization concepts aimed at improving urban traffic and logistics flows as a way to relieve strain on people and the environment.
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Jul 12, 2017
The technology with a feel for feelingsThe technology with a feel for feelings
In the EMOIO project, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), scientists from Fraunhofer IAO are developing an emotionally responsive, neuro-adaptive brain-computer interface. The first live demonstration took place at the BMBF future congress “Bringing technology to people,” held in Bonn June 26-27.
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Jul 3, 2017
Fraunhofer creates new group for innovation researchFraunhofer creates new group for innovation research
Understanding the complex effects of new technologies is critical for the success of entire economies. Structural changes through technological developments must therefore be recognized and understood at an early stage in order to actively shape the long-term economic, social, political and cultural impact on society and the economy. With the new Fraunhofer Group for Innovation Research, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft aims to strengthen its future role in research, technology and innovation policy dialogue with industry, politics and society, thus further cementing its position as a leading player in the German innovation arena.
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Jun 19, 2017
Trend radarBrowse the new technology shelf
What trends and disruptive innovations will photonic technologies enable in the coming years? With its “PHOTONIC TOWER” technology shelf, Fraunhofer IAO invites makers, companies, researchers and students to find answers to this question.
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Jun 6, 2017
Trend radarTrend radar support SMEs in Malaysia
What are the technology and market trends that will transform the Malaysian economy in the coming years? Together with its research partner SIRIM and the software provider ITONICS, Fraunhofer IAO has developed an IT-based trend radar for small and medium-sized enterprises.
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Jun 2, 2017
Urban SpaceTransformation towards the smart factory
How can we create better conditions for innovation when it comes to the smart factory? The University of Stuttgart’s IAT, a close cooperation partner of Fraunhofer IAO, is researching this very question. The Smart Factory Hub project gets under way with a survey of medium-sized enterprises.
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Jun 1, 2017
Urban Space“Urban Space” pilot course for professionals
What will urban spaces of the future look like? Smart cities represent a major challenge for public sector employees. With its “Urban Space” pilot course, Fraunhofer IAO has developed an innovative theoretical and practical training concept offering representatives from industry and administration ideal preparation for the cities of the future.
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May 22, 2017
Smart Cities Ludwigsburg goes digital
The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research has selected the city of Ludwigsburg as one of 20 communities for the second phase of the City of the Future competition. Under the slogan “Digitalization, participation and the city,” Ludwigsburg’s sustainable urban development department and Living Lab business unit is joining with Fraunhofer IAO to proactively promote digitalization and make it an urban reality.
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Apr 27, 2017
Smart Cities New study on Smart Cities published
A joint study by the BBSR, PwC and Fraunhofer IAO clearly shows: municipalities must make digitisation a strategic task to remain independent and empowered. They must address changes in the economy to be able to offer companies an attractive, networked environment. And they must have all population groups on board on the way to a Smart City – even those that are already unable to cope with today’s digital world. The results are being fed into the Smart City Charta for Germany.
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Apr 19, 2017
Frugal Innovations: when less is moreFrugal Innovations: when less is more
Many innovative companies still focus primarily on the premium sector. Yet attractive market opportunities for entry-level solutions abound in emerging and industrialized economies alike. With practical methodology training and a quick online check, Fraunhofer IAO is helping companies build up frugal skills and expertise.
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Mar 30, 2017
Cloud Solutions for SMEsCloud Solutions for SMEs
Cloud computing applications offer small and medium-sized enterprises many options for cutting costs and unburdening their IT systems. Yet when it comes to storing company data off premises, security concerns frequently outweigh the benefits. Fraunhofer IAO and its partners are demonstrating successful real-life examples and flexible solutions via the “Cloud Mall Baden-Württemberg,” which launched in Stuttgart on March 30, 2017.
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Mar 30, 2017
SME 4.0 Center of Excellence Stuttgart opensSME 4.0 Center of Excellence Stuttgart opens
On March 28, 2017, the SME 4.0 Center of Excellence Stuttgart premiered with a kickoff event held at the Fraunhofer Institute Center. Funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), the new facility aims to establish the transfer of practical expertise to help get SMEs in southwest Germany in shape for the digital transformation.
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Mar 20, 2017
Smart data analysis for transport in StuttgartOpen ecosystem for smart assistance systems
Under the banner of “d!conomy - no limits,” CeBIT 2017 will focus not only on the digital transformation of industry, administration and society, but also on the markets and opportunities this transformation opens up. From March 20 to 24, Fraunhofer IAO will be at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) joint booth (Hall 6, Booth C40) to present the ENTOURAGE joint research project.
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Feb 28, 2017
Smart data analysis for transport in StuttgartSmart data analysis for transport in Stuttgart
The overburdening of city transport systems is becoming an increasing challenge. But before cities can take concrete action, they need to gather precise traffic data. This is often very time consuming and expensive. A study by the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO in cooperation with Telefónica NEXT and the data analysis specialist Teralytics found that mobile network data can make a positive contribution to transport planning. To clarify, analyses were carried out for the city of Stuttgart with the help of anonymised and aggregated mobile network data, which provide detailed insights into the actual travel behaviour of Stuttgart residents. This gives an idea of the data’s potential.
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Feb 22, 2017
Research for transdisciplinary start-up teams Research for transdisciplinary start-up teams
Innovations generally arise at the interfaces between different perspectives and disciplines. In the “knowledge triangle” project, Fraunhofer IAO is working with teams behind high-tech start-ups to test how combining the three disciplines of science and technology, business, and design can aid the development of viable and sustainable business models.
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Feb 16, 2017
Dieter Spath is new acatech presidentDieter Spath is new acatech president
As of February 8, 2017, Professor Dieter Spath – director of both the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO and the Institute for Human Factors and Technology Management (IAT) at the University of Stuttgart – is also president of the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech e.V.). At a ceremony in Berlin attended by some 150 people, Reinhard F. Hüttl handed over the reins to his successor after two terms as acatech president.
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Feb 7, 2017
building information modeling Showcasing “building information modeling” at BAU 2017
What direction are developments in the building industry taking? What will global megatrends in planning, constructing and operating buildings require in terms of technologies and processes, and what consequences will they have? At BAU, the world’s leading trade fair for architecture, materials and systems, Fraunhofer IAO will be presenting building information modeling (BIM). The trade fair will take place in Munich from January 16 to 21, 2017.
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Feb 2, 2017
Future Work Lab Future Work Lab makes Work 4.0 tangible
What is work becoming? In what directions is it developing? How can we best harness the potential of new technologies for our work? As digitalization transforms processes and services as well as factory floors, many new questions arise. The Future Work Lab, which was officially opened today, offers answers and innovative approaches to these issues. Attending the opening were Prof. Johanna Wanka, German Federal Minister of Education and Research, the Fraunhofer Executive Board, the institute directors and some 150 distinguished guests from the worlds of politics, research and business. In the innovation laboratory for work, people and technology, the Fraunhofer Institutes IAO and IPA and the University of Stuttgart Institutes IAT and IFF pool their expertise in the area of Industrie 4.0.
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Jan 30, 2017
On patrol in social networks More transparency in Engineering IT
Digitalization is making openness in the linking of IT solutions increasingly important. The Code of PLM Openness (CPO), developed by the ProSTEP iViP Association, supplies a concrete approach for achieving precisely that. Fraunhofer IAO has now developed an effective certification for companies, which helps them comply with the CPO criteria.
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Jan 25, 2017
On patrol in social networks On patrol in social networks
The digital revolution is bringing new challenges and sweeping changes for such organizations as law enforcement agencies that have traditionally been responsible for security and stability. As part of the EU project MEDI@4SEC, Fraunhofer IAO is developing solutions and recommended strategies for enhancing people’s understanding of how social media can be used in the realm of public security.
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Nov 30, 2016
ChargeLounge: E-charging station for IKEA customersChargeLounge: E-charging station for IKEA customers
IKEA shoppers in Ludwigsburg can now use a special electric charging station. Werner Spec (Ludwigsburg’s mayor), Prof. Wilhelm Bauer (Fraunhofer IAO director), Ulf Wenzig (IKEA Germany sustainability manager), and Anja Heinle (IKEA Ludwigsburg manager) opened Germany’s first “ChargeLounge”. It features an integrated and speedy e-charging station in the parking lot of IKEA Ludwigsburg.
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Nov 17, 2016
Local grid solution for global energy transitionLocal grid solution for global energy transition
What will intelligent, decentralized energy management look like in the future? Using its own Micro Smart Grid and control systems developed in-house, the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO is exploring how to efficiently coordinate energy producers, storage systems, and consumers as well as how to test the innovative technologies required. The research parking garage houses 30 charging spots for electric vehicles, Europe’s fastest high-speed charging station, as well as Europe’s first hydrogen storage system based on LOHC technology.
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Nov 16, 2016
Wilhelm Bauer named as new technology commissioner Wilhelm Bauer named as new technology commissioner
Prof. Wilhelm Bauer, director of Fraunhofer IAO, has been appointed technology commissioner for the state of Baden-Württemberg. His appointment was announced by Baden-Württemberg Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann and Minister of Economic Affairs Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut at today’s state press conference in Stuttgart. Bauer’s role will be to help Baden-Württemberg master the future challenges it will face as a center for technology and innovation.
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Nov 14, 2016
20 years of office research at Fraunhofer IAO 20 years of office research at Fraunhofer IAO
Since 1996, Fraunhofer IAO has been working with numerous partners from the business world to shape the future of office and information work in the joint Office21® research initiative. At ORGATEC 2016, these office researchers take stock and will showcase two of their latest workplace prototypes.
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Nov 14, 2016
The desks of tomorrowThe desks of tomorrow
“New visions of work” is this year’s motto for ORGATEC, the leading trade fair in modern workplace concepts. Together with partners from the Office21® innovation campaign and other companies, Fraunhofer will be premiering two entirely new workplace prototypes.
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Nov 14, 2016
Efficient safeguarding of modern value chainsEfficient safeguarding of modern value chains
In a study entitled “Identity management in modern value chains,” the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO offers an insight into the efficient administration of access rights and authentication, taking Europe’s automotive industry as its example. The study is based both on a quantitative survey of 85 companies and qualitative interviews with specialists.
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Nov 8, 2016
LIGHTest - globale Vertrauensinfrastruktur LIGHTest - building global trust
On September 1, the EU-funded project “LIGHTest” was launched with the goal of establishing a global, cross-domain trust infrastructure. Scheduled to run for three years, LIGHTest aims to provide a simple and transparent way of verifying electronic transactions.
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Nov 3, 2016
Six scenarios for the meeting space of the future Six scenarios for the meeting space of the future
Germany is Europe’s top location for conferences and congresses. To ensure Germany stays on top, Fraunhofer IAO is collaborating with numerous business and tourism partners on the Future Meeting Space research project to analyze developments in the event industry and develop innovative event formats.
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Oct 27, 2016
How do companies deal with disruption?How do companies deal with disruption?
Often viewed as the specter of the business world, “disruption” became the Business Word of the Year in 2015 in Germany. Even so, experts are unable to agree on what the word actually means. The Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO is working on how companies can best be equipped to deal with disruption. In an ongoing study, it is investigating how companies handle potentially disruptive technologies.
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Oct 14, 2016
Celebrating 10 years service research at ServLab Celebrating 10 years service research at ServLab
For the last ten years, Fraunhofer IAO has offered companies the possibility of testing out and optimizing services in ServLab, which was developed in-house, before they are put into operation. On the occasion of ServLab’s 10th anniversary, service engineering experts will present selected use cases for smart services in the newly renovated lab, accompanied by a speech from Kathrin Schütz, Baden-Württemberg’s state secretary for economic affairs.
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Oct 6, 2016
The Science fiction hotel of the year 2052 The Science fiction hotel of the year 2052
Robots, drones, reactive environments: in its current “FutureHotel Building 2052” study, Fraunhofer IAO looks at trends and technologies that are changing the hotel industry and the design of hotel buildings. What may sound unbelievable today could well be reality in 35 years.
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Oct 4, 2016
New leadership trio at Fraunhofer IAO New leadership trio at Fraunhofer IAO
After three years as CEO of WITTENSTEIN AG, Prof. Dieter Spath, a former long-serving director of Fraunhofer IAO, is returning to Stuttgart. From October 1, he will join Prof. Wilhelm Bauer (executive director) and Prof. Anette Weisbacker (deputy director) in forming a new management team. This means Spath will also be returning to his director’s post at the IAT, the University of Stuttgart institute with which Fraunhofer IAO cooperates.
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Sep 15, 2016
Work and the digital revolutionWork and the digital revolution
Digital technologies are revolutionizing the way we work. They are having a broad impact on employment, labor markets, occupational health & safety, and the way businesses are structured. The project “Transwork - The Transformation of Work through Digitalization” aims to develop approaches and solutions for working in the digital world and make these solutions accessible.
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Sep 12, 2016
Lightweight robots in manual assembly Lightweight robots in manual assembly
What is the current state of cage-free robot technology in German industry? This was the question Fraunhofer IAO investigated in the study “Lightweight robots in manual assembly.” Based on case studies in factories already using lightweight robots for manufacturing, the study looked at their experiences with implementing the robots, gaining acceptance from human coworkers, and improving operational efficiency.
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Sep 6, 2016
Smart Senior Care ServicesAward for "Smart Senior Care Services" project
At the international conference “The Human Side of Service Engineering,” which took place as part of the “International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics” (AHFE), a paper produced by the research collaboration between the Stuttgart-based Fraunhofer IAO and the Chinese research center BRCUSE on the subject of Smart Senior Care Services received the Best Paper Award.
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Aug 18, 2016
Combating traffic congestion with advanced data analytics Discovering electric mobility in a playful way
How can services help encourage the spread of electric mobility, and how can they be systematically developed? Using four case studies from Finland, Estonia, Denmark and Norway, Fraunhofer IAO presents various approaches to developing e-mobility projects. One of the key research findings was that using game-like methods to involve customers in the development of e-mobility projects helps those business ventures become accepted.
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Aug 17, 2016
Combating traffic congestion with advanced data analytics Combating traffic congestion with advanced data analytics
Researchers at Fraunhofer IAO are carrying out a study to determine whether data from cell phone networks could offer a reliable source of information for traffic planning and an improvement over current data collection methods. Telefónica Deutschland is supporting the research project by providing anonymized cell phone data.
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Jul 5, 2016
Usability in civil protectionGearing up for the future: Digital Business Innovation
On Thursday, June 30, 2016, Fraunhofer IAO launched the Business Innovation Engineering Center (BIEC). This initiative is designed as a platform where business and science can advance their innovation capabilities in the digitalization age. Companies are invited to take part in the network and help shape the initiative.
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Jun 30, 2016
Usability in civil protectionGerman-Chinese cooperation gets underway
Fraunhofer IAO and the Chinese State Key Lab for Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Technology will be working together in the future on key topics including virtual product development and smart factories. The two research institutes signed a cooperation agreement at the 8th Chinese-German Forum for Economic and Technological Cooperation.
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Jun 27, 2016
Usability in civil protectionUsability in civil protection
Interactive systems can support the safety authorities and organizations in their day-to-day work. Fraunhofer IAO has developed a set of guidelines that is tailored to the authorities and organizations responsible for ensuring public safety. The guidelines also present the idea of usability and aim to raise future system usability within this highly specialized work environment.
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Jun 6, 2016
Morgenstadt-WerkstattMorgenstadt-Werkstatt
With the “Morgenstadt-Werkstatt”, Fraunhofer IAO and Landesmesse Stuttgart are initiating a so-called “makerspace” that brings citizens, students, start-ups, established companies, and municipal governments into dialog about the city of the future. The event provides a variety of formats and spaces for exploring interdisciplinary issues relating to mobility, energy, and adaptive construction in the context of digitalization.
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