Communication and Knowledge – Broadband communications

We can now easily send HD videos, images that are several megapixels big or entire books via data links. It takes just a few minutes for this disparate range of files to end up on the network or on our hard disks. Fraunhofer researchers are working on state-of-the-art broadband transmission, thus laying the foundation for increasingly higher data transmission rates.

Kommunikation und Wissen


Machines communicate by using infrared light

Via Infrarot können Daten drahtlos mit bis zu 12,5 GBit/s übertragen werden.
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A distinguishing feature of industry 4.0 is the large amount of data generated when production processes are linked. Previously, data streams were sent primarily by cable, but this method is cumbersome when used in industrial processes and the cables are also prone to wear and tear. Transferring data using a wireless LAN is not a viable alternative because it is not fast enough. To solve this problem, engineers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS have developed a module that transmits data rapidly and securely using infrared light.

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Visible light communication – High speed internet from the ceiling lamp

visible light communication
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In the future, people will be able to surf the web using light – quickly, inexpensively, and entirely without radio communication – thanks to a technology Fraunhofer scientists have been researching for years: visible light communication (VLC). This makes commercially available LEDs a viable alternative to conventional wireless network access in situations where radio communication is not desired, or to give people relief from electromagnetic rays and electric smog.

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ReICOvAir – Reliable Industrial Communication Over the Air

Replacing wired connections with radios and providing reliable over the air connections for advanced manufacturing and processing systems is the vision of the Celtic-Plus project ReICOvAir for the near future of Industry 4.0.

Using ReICOvAir’s solutions more flexibility in the deployment of machinery can be reached allowing data connections for formerly unreachable spots with an overall reduction of installation costs.

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Fraunhofer Information and Communication Technology Group

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