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5th simul+ Future Forum

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On September 3rd, 2020, the 5. Zukunftsforum simul+ (5th simul+ Future Forum) was held in Radebeul by the Saxon Ministry for Regional Development. In his speech, State Minister Thomas Schmidt looked back on the Forum’s history.  In August of 2016, he had launched the simul+ Future Initiative. Originally, it had focused on projects in the environmental, forestry, agriculture and food sectors. After the establishment of the Ministry for Regional Development, the range of topics covered was broadened significantly. This year’s event highlighted new ideas in the field of construction. Among them was the floating autartec® house. After a short introductory film, Institute Director Prof. Matthias Klingner answered questions on the project’s aims, special features and experience gained. 

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Police Messenger System »SE-Netz« Will Be Operated by the BKA

Cooperation Agreement Signed

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Signing of the Cooperation Agreement by Martina Link, Vice President of the BKA, Prof. Dr. Matthias Klingner, Director of the Fraunhofer IVI and Petric Kleine, President of the LKA

The »SE-Netz« system, developed by the Fraunhofer IVI in collaboration with the LKA Sachsen (Saxon State Office of Criminal Investigation) and numerous security authorities, will be operated by the BKA (Bundeskriminalamt, Federal Criminal Police Office). This cooperation is based on an agreement which will be effective until at least the year 2025. The agreement was signed in Dresden on June 30, 2020, by Martina Link, Vice-President of the BKA, Prof. Dr. Matthias Klingner, Director of the Fraunhofer IVI and Petric Kleine, President of the LKA.

The Fraunhofer IVI and the LKA will remain responsible for the technical development of the system. Users are convinced by the functionalities and features of »SE-Netz«. The system for communication and operational command for special police forces is based on the latest IC technologies and strictly geared to the needs of relief forces. It has been used in Saxony since 2014 and it has by now also become established as the nationwide standard for special forces.

Vehicle-integrated PV for Electrical Commercial Vehicles – »Lade-PV« Project Begins

June 4, 2020

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Electrical commercial vehicles can save energy with solar energy

Heavy-load vehicle traffic is responsible for 6 percent of the CO2 emissions in the European Union. Solar electricity generated directly on the vehicle can improve this balance by 5 to 7 percent. In the »Lade-PV« project under the direction of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, four industrial companies and two Fraunhofer institutes want to demonstrate the market feasibility of PV applications in the heavy-load transport. The aim is to develop an overall concept that makes the widespread use of integrated PV modules on electrical and other commercial vehicles (over 3.5 tons commercial load) possible.

To manufacture the light-weight VIPV modules in series production, a production concept will developed and the company Sunset Energiekonzept GmbH will accordingly modify its existing production line. The module prototypes will be integrated into the bodies of electrical commercial vehicles by the TBV Kühlfahrzeuge GmbH, a company specializing in the design and production of refrigerated trucks. To connect the solar module into the existing bus systems of the commercial vehicle, power electronic components will be developed, tested and certified for use on the demo vehicle by the project partner M&P motion control and power electronics GmbH. A Framo electrical truck equipped with solar modules will be tested in the daily distribution operation of the Alexander Bürkle GmbH & Co. KG company throughout the Freiburg region.

The Fraunhofer IVI is developing an energy forecasting model for the truck. Dependent on the vehicle load and the PV electricity produced along the various routes, projections are made for the driving range, loading periods and the electricity production.  

New Solutions for the Safety of Automated Driving

Creating virtual simulations of real-life accident situations

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Early demonstrations in the SePIA project on the Fraunhofer IVI test track

June 3, 2020

One of the biggest challenges in the development of self-driving cars are the safety concerns of drivers. An article in the new edition of the Fraunhofer magazine is looking into the safety topic and the opportunities it provides for the German economy to take the lead in the race to create intelligent systems for autonomous driving. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is currently working on several solutions in this area.

In the SePIA project, for example, the Fraunhofer IVI is developing a complex validation platform for highly automated driving, electronic subsystems and the overall vehicle in cooperation with TU Dresden as well as the Saxon companies Fahrzeugsystemdaten GmbH, TraceTronic GmbH, Computer Vision Lab, and the Institute for Traffic Accident Research at TU Dresden. The platform will integrate real scenarios and extensive accident data as well as accident reconstruction reports, vehicle data and video recordings. »In 2019, there were more than 2.7 million traffic accidents in Germany. The most serious ones tended to involve cyclists, pedestrians and motorized two-wheelers such as motorbikes and mopeds,« says Dr. Christian Erbsmehl, group manager of Vehicle and Road Safety at the Fraunhofer IVI in Dresden. »Our approach allows us to create virtual reproductions of real-life accident situations and test the ability of different vehicle safety systems – either in isolation or in combination – to execute the collision at a lower speed or avoid the accident altogether.«

The platform will be tested and demonstrated in a hardware/software application environment. The SePIA project is funded by the Free State of Saxony and the EU via the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

»Digital Villages Saxony« Project Launches Communication Services for Citizens

March 25, 2020

The »Digital Villages Saxony« project investigates the potentials of digitalization for everyday life in rural areas. Together with the local population, administration and researchers from the Fraunhofer institutes IESE and IVI, digital services are being developed and tested in the Lommatzscher Pflege model region in Saxony.

The project has now reached an important milestone: citizens living in the model region can now use the newly developed services DorfFunk (»village radio«) and DorfNews (»village news«). DorfFunk is a smartphone app offering a platform for posting offers, search requests and capacities for neighborhood support as well as a chat function. DorfNews is a website featuring news from the region. Both the local administrations as well as the citizens themselves can publish information via this channel. The project team is convinced that, especially under the current circumstances caused by the coronavirus pandemic, digital services for connecting people and spreading information on locally available help are more important than ever.

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