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Aug 31, 2015
Banks need new business modelsEnvisioning the production of tomorrow
The 23rd International Conference for Production Research ICPR, which took place from August 2-5, 2015 in Manila, was a runaway success for Fraunhofer IAO and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Both keynote speakers, Professor Wilhelm Bauer (IAO institute director) and Professor Hans-Jörg Bullinger, received a Certificate of Appreciation, and each was part of a team that scooped an Outstanding Paper Award 2015. In Professor Bauer’s case, this was for his work with Dr. Stefan Gerlach et al. on KapaflexCy; Professor Bullinger received the honor alongside Thomas Meiren and Rainer Nägele for their publication on the future of smart services.
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Aug 20, 2015
Banks need new business modelsPlatform for smart assistance systems
Banks and the banking business are on the edge of profound change. This is the primary finding of the newly released “Bank & Zukunft 2015” trend survey. Only a fifth of the executives and managers surveyed still anticipate business to take a positive direction in the next four years. Despite this, banks continue to drag their feet when it comes to implementing innovative business models in order to tap new areas of revenue.
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Aug 13, 2015
Platform for smart assistance systemsPlatform for smart assistance systems
ENTOURAGE, an interdisciplinary project involving Fraunhofer IAO, has succeeded in attracting funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) through its Smart Service World technology competition. ENTOURAGE is one of 16 successful projects selected from among 130 entries. Over the next three years it will seek to build a bridge connecting the Internet of Things with smart assistance systems.
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Jul 30, 2015
Helping people help themselves in crisis situationsFraunhofer IAO web relaunch
Clearer and more customer-friendly: the new Fraunhofer IAO website went live today. The aim of the relaunch is to maintain the existing design but present the institute’s various research projects and services more vividly and help visitors reach their destination more quickly.
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Jul 8, 2015
Helping people help themselves in crisis situationsHelping people help themselves in crisis situations
More and more technologies offer companies opportunities for developing new products, speeding up processes or creating innovations. In the book “Technologien frühzeitig erkennen, Nutzenpotenziale systematisch bewerten”, Fraunhofer IAO presents methods, models and semantic tools for recognizing technological developments at an early stage and systematically assessing any benefits they may offer.
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Jul 6, 2015
Ensuring a technological leadEnsuring a technological lead
More and more technologies offer companies opportunities for developing new products, speeding up processes or creating innovations. In the book “Technologien frühzeitig erkennen, Nutzenpotenziale systematisch bewerten”, Fraunhofer IAO presents methods, models and semantic tools for recognizing technological developments at an early stage and systematically assessing any benefits they may offer.
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Jul 2, 2015
Call for ideas: New impulses for better citiesCall for ideas: New impulses for better cities
What does the city of the future look like? Start-ups, cities and students will present their best ideas to prominent representatives from communities, politics, industry and research at the Fraunhofer Urban Futures Conference in Berlin on November 25 and 26, 2015. An “idea-pitch” event will determine the top three innovations.
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Jun 24, 2015
Top 50 Chinese industry 4.0 patentsTop 50 Chinese industry 4.0 patents
Fraunhofer IAO has analyzed patents registered in China over the last three years for industry 4.0 technologies. The first study to be published on the topic shows that Chinese researchers have patented important inventions in the fields of wireless sensor networks, embedded systems, low-cost robots and big data, indicating that China will be leading the pack when it comes to production data in the future.
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Jun 18, 2015
Engineering e-mobility services – moving beyond fast, cheap and convenientEngineering e-mobility services – moving beyond fast, cheap and convenient
Will electric cars ever achieve the same popularity as diesel- or petrol-driven cars? The German government plans to accelerate e-mobility’s market penetration by providing more money for R&D and by supporting the installation of a more comprehensive charging network. Promoting technical advances is an excellent way of fostering electric mobility. But how can companies themselves foster and benefit from electric mobility?
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