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  • Clear path for safe rail traffic through Europe

    From Berlin to Budapest, from Prague to Paris – to travel safely, economically and inexpensively by train through Europe, uniform signal and train control solutions are needed. As a consequence of history, these still vary from country to country today. The „European Train Control System“ (ETCS) is intended to establish greater consistency. A total of 44 European partners are working to implement this in the trains in a cost-effective, reliable and above all opensource manner as „openETCS”. Fraunhofer is going to display methods to verify the system as safe at Innotrans 2014 from September 23 to 26.

  • Fraunhofer researchers nominated for the German Future Prize for work on healthy and delicious lupine proteins

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    Lupines can constitute an important nutritional element of the human diet. Scientists have found a way to process lupine seeds so they can be turned into protein-rich, flavor-neutral ingredients for foods. For their work on this, Fraunhofer scientists Stephanie Mittermaier and Peter Eisner and Prolupin GmbH’s Katrin Petersen have today been nominated for the German Future Prize 2014 ("Deutscher Zukunftspreis").

  • International Broadcasting Convention IBC 2014

    Spatial movie production – more creative and better value

    The days when the camera viewed a scene from a single position are long gone. Nowadays, special effects are in demand, and even more so if they’re in 3D. Researchers in the Spatial-AV project looked at how more creativity can be brought to three-dimensional cinema. Fraunhofer will be presenting the new technological solutions at this year’s International Broadcasting Convention, taking place September 12th to 16th in Amsterdam (hall 8, booth B80).

  • On the way to a safe and secure Smart Home

    A growing number of household operations can be managed via the Internet. Today’s “Smart Home” promises efficient building management. But often the systems are not secure and can only be retrofitted at great expense. Scientists are working on a software product that defends against hacker attacks before they reach the building.

  • Ethanol fireplaces: the underestimated risk

    Ethanol fireplaces are becoming more and more popular. However, they are not only highly combustible – in the past, severe accents have occurred repeatedly with decorative fireplaces. The devices also pollute the air in the rooms. This has been proven by a recent Fraunhofer study. Wood-burning ovens are also on the testing block.

  • Central biobank for drug research

    For the development of new drugs it is crucial to work with stem cells, as these allow scientists to study the effects of new active pharmaceutical ingredients. But it has always been difficult to derive enough stem cells of the right quality and in the right timeframe. A central biobank is about to remedy the situation.

  • Greater safety and security at Europe’s train stations

    When a suspicious individual fleas on a bus or by train, then things usually get tough for the police. This is because the security systems of the various transportation companies and security services are typically incompatible. The EU project, Secur-ED, aims at creating remedies and establishing better collaboration within the same city.

  • Simulations for better transparent oxide layers

    Touchscreens and solar cells rely on special oxide layers. However, errors in the layers’ atomic structure impair not only their transparency, but also their conductivity. Using atomic models, Fraunhofer researchers have found ways of identifying and removing these errors.

  • Fingerprints for freight items

    Security is a top priority in air freight logistics but screening procedures can be very time consuming and costly. Fraunhofer researchers intend to boost efficiency with a new approach to digital logistics, without sacrificing the security of air freight operations.

  • Ship ahoy! Fraunhofer displays innovations at SMM

    Seven Fraunhofer Institutes will be presenting their latest developments in seafaring and navigation at the SMM Convention in Hamburg from September 9 to 12. Among the featured novelties at Booth 411, Hall B6 is a 3D configurator that makes it possible for owners to experience cruise ships and yachts in real time, down to the last detail – even before the shipbuilding begins. Researchers will additionally display a new software program for crew management, and a ship and logistics system so that inland water routes become more feasibly useable.

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