Future study »Maritime 2050+«

The joint study of industry and research is dedicated to the development of the maritime space in the next decades. In addition to climate change and immense population growth, the authors expect an increasing exploitation of the oceans and the marine resources.

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Mission Statement

»We work every day to make the world a safer place. Our goal is to identify existential risks and create solutions to mitigate and manage them.«

Information gathering, decision support systems and command support

Mastering military missions or critical situations in a civilian environment depends crucially on real-time situational awareness and effective coordination. The Fraunhofer FKIE possesses all the competencies necessary for this task, such as sensor data fusion, communication, mass data processing and user-centric information display.

Protection and operational capability in cyberspace and the information environment

Digitalization and networking permeate nearly every sphere of our personal and professional lives. This opens up opportunities and potential, but it also generates new risks and attack vectors. The Fraunhofer FKIE is dedicated to solving this problem with the highest professional competence in the fields of prevention, detection, suppression, response and usability.

Aviation and Space

Military and civilian aviation is associated with advanced technology and innovation. The Fraunhofer FKIE develops application-oriented prototypes of airport management systems, sensor payload and fusion concepts for flying platforms, methods of threat detection (e.g. weapon engagement) and research on UAS (use, defense).

Maritime Systems

Germany attaches great importance to the use of national and international waters. The usability, protection and integrity of platforms and infrastructure systems for military and civilian users are of paramount importance. For years, the Fraunhofer FKIE has been developing application-oriented solutions to meet these needs.

Land Systems

There is a growing need for semi-autonomous assistance functions to enhance the performance of land-based systems for military and civilian purposes. These systems simplify vehicle control and navigation or support situational awareness and remote manipulation. The Fraunhofer FKIE researches and develops functional demonstrators for real-world testing.

Fraunhofer FKIE – The research institute at your side

The Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics FKIE develops technologies and processes with the aim of early detection, mitigation and management of existential risks. In close cooperation with strategic partners, the institute is dedicated to the entire processing chain of data and information: from acquisition, transmission and processing to reliable protection. The Fraunhofer FKIE is committed to this mission both in the civilian sector and in command and reconnaissance processes in the defence technology sector.

The human factor is of central importance to the work carried out at Fraunhofer FKIE. Research focuses on developing effective and efficient human-machine systems: people are placed at the center as decision makers and responsible actors. In the context of the German Armed Forces, civilian security agencies and the industry, the Fraunhofer FKIE develops methods and procedures for all aspects of security – be it on the ground, in the air, at sea, under water or in cyberspace.

The Fraunhofer FKIE is active in five interdisciplinary research fields as a leading institute for applied research and application-oriented innovation in information and communications technology. It has built up specialized knowledge and its research ranges from studies and tests to the development of prototypes.

Thanks to a total of ten departments with different, complementary core competencies, the institute has a broad expertise and is capable of offering systemic solutions. Each of these departments conducts research and development at the high scientific level symbolized by the Fraunhofer name. With a broad competence and excellent attention to detail, the Fraunhofer FKIE takes on the latest scientific-technological challenges in security related issues.

Press releases



Independent FCAS panel of experts

In the frame of the Future Combat Air System (FCAS), Airbus and Fraunhofer FKIE have created an independent panel of experts on the responsible use of new technologies to define and propose ethical as well as international legal »guard rails« for Europe’s largest defence project. The panel includes stakeholders such as the German Ministry of Defence, German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, universities and think tanks.


Research News / 14.2.2020

Safe and effective shipboard firefighting

Fire on board! This is a grave danger for any ship, but especially so when a ship is ostensibly safely docked in harbor – where “normal” firefighters are on duty and have to cope with the special challenges on board a ship. EFAS, a joint project coordinated by the Fraunhofer FKIE, is aimed at significantly improving firefighters’ safety and effectiveness.  



Plaque honoring the inventor of the radar

Hohenzollern Bridge Cologne, May 17th, 1904: The inventor Christian Hülsmeyer is the first to succeed in detecting ships travelling on the Rhine River based on the reflections of high frequency electromagnetic waves: It is the birth of radar. On October 19, a ceremony was held to unveil a plaque commemorating this important milestone of technological history.



Robots practiced for nuclear emergencies

From July 1-5, 2019, ten international teams spent a week rehearsing the emergency at the Zwentendorf nuclear power plant in Austria. The tasks set out in the »2nd European Robotics Hackathon« (EnRicH) challenged participants and robots: they had to explore and map the situation in the reactor building, detect, measure and map radiation, as well as find and rescue casualties.

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