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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.«

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



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.  


Fraunhofer FKIE Locations

Headquarter Wachtberg

Fraunhoferstraße 20

53343 Wachtberg


Phone +49 228 9435-0

Fax +49 228 9435-685


Zanderstraße 5

53177 Bonn-Bad Godesberg


Telefon +49 228 50212-400

Fax +49 228 50212-688