Automated and networked on the racetrack

May 7, 2024 | LAURIN consortium meeting at Fraunhofer IVI

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© Fraunhofer IVI

Fraunhofer IVI invited the LAURIN project partners to a consortium meeting at the institute. Dr. Jörg Holfeld welcomed the participating companies DEKRA Automobil GmbH, iMAR Navigation GmbH, Smart Mobile Labs AG and TraceTronic GmbH to look back at the accomplishments that have been achieved so far after two-thirds of the project time. Now approaching the finish line, the partners scheduled their next steps with unstinting motivation.

This process remains exciting, as automated driving features will be tested in even more complex scenarios within the project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV). To do so, the Lausitzring racetrack was transformed into a test field for highly automated and networked vehicles. Their driving behavior is put to the test in realistic and complex traffic scenarios, aiming to ensure a safe future driving experience on public roads. 

Large-scale monitoring of urban air quality thanks to “SMART SectionTrafficControl” – Air Grid

April 22, 2024 | mFUND project DEUS_SmartAir final meeting in Teltow

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Building up large scale monitoring grids with the help of inexpensive air quality sensors, generating and closely analyzing data of the transport sector in context with meteorological data – These methods constituted the approach of the DEUS_Smart Air project. To achieve this, data from almost 100 mobile and 50 stationary sensors installed in the towns of Teltow and Halberstadt was visualized in a dashboard. Fraunhofer IVI contributed their expertise in the fields of data screening, modeling and prognosis. On April 22, the project participants presented their results at the hybrid event.

Analyses showed that data, collected by air quality sensors, can be used to complement official measurements, if quality assurance, realized through frequent calibrations as well as reference comparisons with other stations, is ensured. Furthermore, multiple factors such as casing, ventilation, height and distance to the emission sources have to be taken into account in order to create representative data.

The project was funded within the innovation initiative mFUND by the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport BMDV. Under the coordination Füllner & Partner GmbH, a total of 12 partners had worked together in the project over three and a half years. 

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© Fraunhofer IVI

Electrified micromobility for Freiberg

April 11, 2024 | Fraunhofer IVI presents new concepts for urban mobility at “SteigtUM” final event

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© Fraunhofer IVI
© Fraunhofer IVI

After almost five years of research, the project partners and the advisory board came together once again for a final event and project advisory board meeting. Various presentations and demonstrations took them on a journey through the project´s highlights and gave a glimpse into the future.

“SteigtUm” started in Dezember 2019 and was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with the goal of transforming the city of Freiberg into a living lab, overcoming the challenges of urban mobility. The project focused on the development of small electric vehicles, suitable for everyday use. Combined with an autonomous rental and charging infrastructure with a universal user interface, those vehicles can become a great public benefit. This way, problems caused by the increasing urbanization, such as pollution and bad parking situations, can be solved with the help of cost-effective and user-friendly alternatives. The project will now be successfully completed in May 2024.

As the project coordinator, the Institute of Electrical Engineering of TU Freiberg welcomed all participants within its own premises to celebrate the successful completion. Among them were scientists from TU Freiberg, TU Chemnitz, TU Braunschweig, Projektionisten GmbH from Hannover, apromace data systems GmbH from Freiberg and Fraunhofer IVI.

Prof. Ralph Bartholomäus, Uwe Schneider and Ernst-Eckart Schulze presented two solutions developed and designed at the IVI. With “CityTrunk”, an electric cargo trailer was introduced that is able to increase transport capacities for commercial users, while avoiding problems conventional transportation vehicles face within urban areas. In addition, the “CityBox”, an automatic rental and charging station for the “CityBike” developed by TU Freiberg was created to further optimize micromobility within the city. 

Fraunhofer SIRIOS helps improve public security in Berlin

April 8, 2024 | Cooperation agreement marks an important step for public safety of the European Union's most populous city.

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On April 8, the state of Berlin, represented by Iris Spranger, Berlin Senator for the Interior and Sport, Police Vice President Marco Langner and State Fire Director Dr. Karsten Homrighausen and Fraunhofer SIRIOS, represented by Prof. Dr. Manfred Hauswirth, signed a cooperation agreement. The partnership aims to establish a closer cooperation between public administration and science and to create, test and implement new technologies, customized to suit the needs of the capital.

In a highly networked city like Berlin, naturally various dependencies between people, technology and infrastructure exist. Distortions or attacks can rapidly cause widespread effects on the supply situation. By using intelligent algorithms, those dependencies can be simulated and researched by Fraunhofer SIRIOS. This will decrease reaction times as well as decision processes in real case emergencies. Prof. Dr. Manfred Hauswirth sees great potential in the application-oriented cooperation with authorities and security related organization to make real emergencies more predictable and manageable. Therefore, security researchers and authorities and organizations with security tasks will cooperate even closer through regular workshops and conferences.

The Fraunhofer Center for the Security of Socio-Technical Systems unites valuable experiences in diverse fields of research, by bringing together employees from the Fraunhofer institutes EMI, FOKUS, IOSB and IVI to work on cross-institutional projects.

Fraunhofer IVI will support the activities by contributing long-standing competencies in the fields of fire rescue, emergency services, disaster prevention and police.

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