Communication and Knowledge – Internet of Services / Internet of Things

Semantic technologies make it easier for people to obtain information by quickly and intelligently finding and interlinking large amounts of disparate data sets and services. Fraunhofer is helping to lay the foundations for the development of new services on the World Wide Web by developing computer programs that not only find information using keyword-based searches, but that can independently understand this data and place it in relation to other information.

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KATWARN – The local warning and information system for the public

KATWARN is a warning system that not only informs people that there IS a risk, but also tells them HOW to respond to it, based on their actual physical location. Developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS in Berlin in cooperation with public-sector insurers, KATWARN is already in operation in various rural districts and cities in Germany, such as Hamburg and Berlin.

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MIOTY – The wireless IoT platform

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Wireless data transmission systems are being increasingly deployed in industrial and home automation applications. These robust systems are used to transmit sensor data and control information across network infrastructures. In the age of the Internet of Things (IoT), people and things will be intelligently connected to one another, leading to innovations in business and Industry 4.0. MIOTY, a miniaturized IoT platform developed by Fraunhofer IIS, sets new standards in the field of wireless data transmission when it comes to cost efficiency, transmission range, transmission security and battery life.

This solution relies on an asymmetrical transmission method that uses scores of simple sensor nodes and a complex receiver. A single receiver can handle as many as one million simultaneous, robust transmissions. MIOTY boasts a transmission range of up to 40 kilometers and the energy-efficient operation results in a battery life of up to 15 years.

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Fraunhofer ESK puts harvesting machines on the path to the Internet of Things

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At the Hannover Trade Fair (April 25-29), Fraunhofer ESK is showing how conventional industry is migrating to the Internet of Things with a predictive, cloud-based maintenance application for harvesting machines manufactured by Holmer. Electronics specialist Huawei is providing the hardware for the application. The concept and the implementation methodology originated from ESK (joint Fraunhofer exhibit, hall 2, booth C22).

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