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As a leading institute for ICT research, Fraunhofer FKIE is dedicated to the entire processing chain of data and information: from acquisition, transmission and processing to reliable protection.

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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.«

Research in focus: Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP)

»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.«

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Research in focus

Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP)

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Research in focus

Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP)

The failure of critical infastructure would have far-reaching consequences. Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) is therefore is a focal area of research of the Fraunhofer FKIE.

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Maritime Awareness

Situation picture optimization for port protection

Port surveillance on, above and below the water

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Energy sector

Cyber-secure power supply

The power grid: the most critical of all critical infrastructures

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CBRN protection

Operational support through robotics

EnRicH – Robots practice for nuclear emergencies

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Safety for emergency personnel

Marine fire fighting

Live information from burning ships

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Expert interview

Coordination & protection concepts

Interview with Peter Lauwe, head of the division »Risk management CI and CIP concepts« in the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK)

Press releases



Security flaws detected in Home Routers

Alarming findings are published in the »Home Router Security Report 2020« by the Fraunhofer FKIE. Of the 127 home routers tested, nearly all were found to have security flaws. The problems range from missing security updates to easily decrypted, hard-coded passwords and known vulnerabilities that should have been patched long ago.



Uncovering illegal activities in companies

Purchasing, production, logistics, and distribution form a network spread over continents, the details of which are difficult for companies to keep track of. The project "Fraud Information-Fusion Intelligence" adapts approaches and tools used by security authorities to the requirements of companies and thus makes them usable for the detection of irregularities.



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

Live information about fire on board

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.  


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