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Ingolstadt Digital Test Field Starts with the »First Mile«

May 17, 2022

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Bavarian State Minister for Science and the Arts, Markus Blume
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State Secretary in the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy, Roland Weigert

With a ceremony at Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt (THI) and high-ranking guests, the so-called »First Mile« of the Ingolstadt digital test field for cooperative, connected and automated driving was opened on May 17, 2022. This is the connection of the future technology park »IN-Campus« with the 140-kilometer-long Digital Test Field Autobahn A9.

Like THI's president, Prof. Dr. Walter Schober, both the Bavarian State Minister for Science and the Arts, Markus Blume, and the State Secretary in the Bavarian State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy, Roland Weigert, emphasized the importance of THI within the Bavarian AI mobility node. The new test field offers the opportunity to research 5G-based mobility applications based on complex traffic situations in urban traffic and thus increasing both safety and efficiency in road traffic.

During the subsequent panel discussion, representatives from business, politics and science – among them the director of the Fraunhofer IVI, Prof. Dr. Matthias Klingner – discussed the topic »Digital test fields as an opportunity for innovation in research«.

The Fraunhofer Application Center is involved in the research work at the Digital Test Field Ingolstadt with the projects »In2Lab« (Ingolstadt Innovation Lab) and »5GoIng« (5G Innovation Concept Ingolstadt). The project is managed by Prof. Dr. Andreas Festag, who played a key role in designing the test field.

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President of THI, Prof. Dr. Walter Schober
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Panel discussion

Bundled Competencies as a Prerequisite for the Electric Air Transport of the Future

May 4, 2022

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ALBACOPTER

At the press conference held in Munich on May 4, 2022, the foundation of the Air Mobility Initiative (AMI) was officially announced. The network brings together leading companies, universities, and research institutions as well as municipalities and organizations with the aim of advancing the development of Urban Air Mobility. At the same time, the German and especially the Bavarian aviation industry is to be further strengthened.

As consortium leader of the Fraunhofer lead project ALBACOPTER®, which is dedicated to the development of autonomously operating cargo drones, the Fraunhofer IVI with its locations in Dresden and Ingolstadt contributes numerous competences - from the design of innovative UAS to research into highly automated and autonomous flight functions. In the latter area in particular, the institute focuses on the three key areas of environmental sensing, trajectory planning and mission AI, which are expected to completely replace pilots in all tasks in the future.

Institute director Prof. Dr. Matthias Klingner sees joining as a great opportunity: »The Air Mobility Initiative offers the opportunity to quickly share our innovative project ideas with the numerous partners and to jointly research the realization of tomorrow's urban mobility.«

Groundbreaking Ceremony for the »TELEWERK – Teleworkshops for Rural Regions«

May 4, 2022

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Groundbreaking ceremony for the »TELEWERK« real laboratory in Mittweida

In the immediate vicinity of Mittweida University of Applied Sciences, the »TELEWERK« a future-oriented real laboratory for innovation-based regional development with a total of 173 square meters of usable space on more than two floors and with workstations for 10 to 15 people will be built in the coming months on the premises of Werkbank 32.

The Fraunhofer IVI and the consortium leader Mittweida University of Applied Sciences bundle their research competences in a joint infrastructure and work together with the project partners Volksbank Mittweida eG, the innovation experts TeleskopEffekt GmbH Mittweida as well as the experts for sustainable construction with wood from Holzbau Lepski GmbH in Dresden. As part of the simul+ initiative, the Saxon State Ministry for Regional Development (SMR) is supporting the project. In addition to »TELEWERK«, the complex being built in Mittweida includes the research project »AMSEL –  self-sufficient micro-settlement for energy-conscious living«, which is also funded by the SMR.

Prof. Dr. Matthias Klingner, head of the Fraunhofer IVI, thinks the constellation is a success: »It's simply fun to build a research infrastructure in Mittweida with such committed partners that impressively combines state-of-the-art technologies, appealing architecture and new forms of living and working.«

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Virtual Change of Perspective Reveals Dangerous Traffic Situations

April 21, 2022

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Symbolic image: The »PAPS-XR« project raises awareness of dangerous traffic situations

In order to recognize potentially dangerous situations in road traffic as such, it is instructive to visualize the view of other road users and thus make it possible to experience them. As part of the »PAPS-XR« project, the Fraunhofer IVI is developing an immersive 3D system for accident prevention training. Actual accidents are recreated as high-resolution, detailed VR animations, which can then be recreated from the various perspectives of those directly involved or outsiders in a realistic yet safe manner. These accident simulations will initially be used at schools and driving schools in Saxony to raise awareness of typical, serious accident scenarios in order to avoid them in the future.

Trucks Work Autonomously in the Yard

March 17, 2022

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AutoTruck

Autonomous vehicles will soon be a natural part of the yard, says Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Wagner, group leader at the Fraunhofer IVI. In the future, trucks will independently transport cargo to the right ramp and swap bodies from A to B. In the AutoTruck project, Wagner, who has been working on the topic of »autonomous driving« since 2004, was involved in researching how vehicles can work independently in the yard. In an interview with logistics service provider Hermes Germany GmbH, he talks about the SAFE20 project, which is now adressing the major challenge of safety in connection with autonomous vehicles.

5G Standalone Innovation at Fraunhofer IVI

March 2, 2022

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5G test field Fraunhofer IVI
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As part of the research project 5G Lab Germany Research Field Lausitz (5G Lab Germany Forschungsfeld Lausitz – 5GFOLA), a pioneering step towards the implementation of 5G features was taken at the test oval of Fraunhofer IVI. 5GFOLA is part of the 5G innovation program of the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV). With the installation of the 5G standalone network – consisting of a high-performance 5G infrastructure and an edge cloud – partially and highly automated driving can be developed, tested and evaluated through cooperation, networking and infrastructure-based assistance and control. In terms of bandwidth, reliability, latency and security, the newly specified services form the essential requirements for monitoring, remote control and teleoperated driving of automated vehicles.

 

The developments now following within the 5G edge cloud will in future make it possible to map central information from the entire vehicle network in real time within the infrastructure. This will enable vehicles to be controlled and cooperative driving maneuvers to be implemented safely. The intersection of data from the first-person perspective of the vehicle and the peripheral bird's-eye view of the infrastructure will enable completely new control algorithms. As a self-contained site, the Fraunhofer IVI's test oval offers unique opportunities to specify, initialize and test 5G technology as a pretests for the subsequent rural target area in the research field Lausitz.

iECO Lighthouse Project Launched

February 24-25, 2022

Virtual handing over of the funding agreement in February, 2022

During the opening event of GAIA-X's »Innovative and practical applications and data spaces in the Gaia-X digital ecosystem« funding competition, which was held on February 24 and 25, 2022, the 11 winning consortia were presented with their funding agreements. 130 consortia from science, industry and public bodies had applied with project sketches for all individual domains of the Gaia-X Hub Germany, as well as for cross-domain projects.

On behalf of the iECO consortium, Michael Brenner (RIB) and André Rauschert (Fraunhofer IVI) officially accepted the funding agreements from Dr. Franziska Brantner, Parliamentary State Secretary of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK).

iECO aims at creating a shared data space based on GAIA-X for the construction industry, which is one of Germany's key industry sectors. A digital twin representing the entire life cycles of buildings hosted on the GAIA-X data infrastructure will help dissolve data silos currently existing in the construction sector. As a result, inefficiencies will be reduced and advanced services for further optimizing the entire construction process will be developed.

The consortium covers the construction sector's complete value creation chain through members representing construction expertise (Implenia Hochbau GmbH), work scheduling (RIB Information Technology AG), general planning (IPRO Consult), standardization (TU Dresden) and building operation (N+P Informationssysteme GmbH). Additional members contribute their knowledge on interdisciplinary topics such as GAIA-X expertise (Software AG), IoT knowledge (A1 Digital), legal compliance (Hochschule Hof), digital approval procedures (LGA Bavaria), smart contracts (IOTA Foundation) and data management/ AI expertise (Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft).

»5Going« Project Kick-Off

February 16, 2022

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Traffic circle equipped with intelligent traffic infrastructure

After two years of conceptualizing their project together with partners from science, industry and administration, the city of Ingolstadt was able to procure funding within the scope of the 5G innovation competition of the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) to ensure its implementation.

Within the »5Going« project, an »Open Innovation Lab« will be created for operating 5G technologies in the traffic sector. The aim is to significantly increase the safety and sustainability of road traffic as a whole by employing intelligent 5G-based networks, camera and Lidar systems, as well as cloud solutions. In addition to technological challenges, socially relevant aspects such as support for local businesses and acceptance through citizen participation will be addressed.

The kick-off meeting for the two-year research project was held on February 16, 2022 at Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt. Fraunhofer IVI is involved via its »Connected Mobility and Infrastructure« application center and will coordinate several work packages in the fields of infrastructure development, traffic safety and sustainability.

Data-Centric Solutions for the Mobility of the Future

January 25, 2022

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On January 25, 2022, the »GAIA-X 4 Future Mobility« project family was kicked off in a virtual event.  Under the leadership of the DLR Institute for AI Safety and Security, 80 partners from science and industry are currently carrying out basic research within five projects in the fields of intelligent traffic infrastructure systems, vehicle technology design and industrial applications.

Within the scope of the new project family, and together with the Fraunhofer Institutes IPK, FIT and ISST, Fraunhofer IVI is actively involved in creating the future Gaia-X data ecosystem on the basis of different use cases for automated and networked mobility services. The institute contributes its expertise as well as technologies from the Mobility Data Space and for connected automated mobility to the upcoming Gaia-X projects. Based on the aforementioned use cases, they will develop new services and subsystems for operation in the emerging Gaia-X data spaces.

Within »GAIA-X 4 AMS – Advanced Mobility Services«, the Fraunhofer IVI researchers work on fundamentals for the Gaia-X basic architecture and reference services. In addition, they design and develop data apps for monitoring the operational design domains of automated mobility services and for supporting self-driving vehicles through technical supervision in special situations, such as vacating emergency lanes.

Within »GAIA-X 4 ROMS – Support and Remote Operation of Automated and Networked Mobility Services«, the institute is involved primarily in the design and development of Gaia-X services for the remote operation of driverless mobility solutions in public transport.

Within »Gaia-X 4 PLC-AAD – Product Life Cycle - Across Automated Driving«, Fraunhofer IVI gives support for the development, testing and operation of automated driving functions and their interaction with their digital twins by creating Gaia-X services for the integration and variable linking of scenario catalogs, high-precision digital maps, as well as simulation and real-life data.

MePol – Modern Communication and Operations Control for the Police

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»It´s an ongoing process in which users in the field and researchers continously exchange ideas and coordinate with each other. This close collaboration is the key to success.«

Since 2019, Fraunhofer IVI and Saxony´s police administration office (Polizeiverwaltungsamt, PVA) have been developing an innovative messenger service – MePol – for daily use in police operations. MePol is a comprehensive communication technology for the secure transfer of data-protected police information. Research and development are carried out in direct cooperation with users, so that the technology could be transferred into practice at an early stage.

The key functionalities include, among others: exchange of mission-specific messages, storage area for digital mission documents, intelligent algorithms for the optimal allocation of forces and resources, role and rights management. The complex technology is flexible and contains numerous networked components such as servers, end devices and mobile apps.

Several thousand police officers in Saxony already use MePol in their daily routine work, as well as in large-scale operations. Acceptance is very high, and the technology has become indispensable for its end-users. At the same time, MePol is improved continuously based on the experience and operational requirements of police officers. This year's transfer to the newly established Saxon police cloud marks another important step.

MePol has already aroused interest nationwide. The goal of Saxony’s police is to establish the system as a standard all across Germany.

article in the Fraunhofer-Magazine

Future initiative simul+ of the Saxon State Ministry of Regional Development publishes new podcast

Januar 5, 2022

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Interview with Prof. Dr. Matthias Klingner

Connected in rural and urban areas

»Prof. Dr. Matthias Klingner, head of Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems, is a mastermind of networking. At the institute, he and more than 100 researchers are tinkering with fast charging systems for e-cars, among other things, and developing a drone to test urban air mobility. In an interview with our moderator Stephan Bischof, Prof. Dr. Matthias Klingner explains what sustainable mobility could look like in rural areas and why development there could progress even faster than in cities.«

podcast episode (German)