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Advanced Solutions


The online magazine of Fraunhofer FKIE presents current research topics  and solutions for the urgent challenges of our time.

»Digitalization in hazard prevention«

What opportunities and potential does digitalization offer for security authorities and emergency forces? And how can Fraunhofer FKIE support them?


Topic overview:


  • Fire department & disaster preparedness
  • Border & site security
  • Drone detection & defense 

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



CIMIC Award of Excellence 2021 for Fraunhofer FKIE

A prestigious award for the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics FKIE: The NATO Civil-Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence (CCOE) has presented the Wachtberg-based institute with the »CIMIC Award of Excellence 2021« in recognition of its extensive efforts to strengthen civil-military cooperation.



WInnF President’s Award for FKIE researcher

Dr. Marc Adrat, the longstanding head of the Software Defined Radio research group has been recognized with the Wireless Innovation Forum’s (WInnF) 2021 President’s Award. With its award, the US-based forum honors Adrat’s activities on various committees and working groups within the WInnF.



AI support for traffic control centers

How can autonomous ships be integrated into conventional maritime traffic? And which support can science offer traffic control centers in their efforts to monitor mixed shipping traffic in the future? These are the questions the LEAS project, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), is investigating.



Enhanced Cooperation on Maritime Issues

The Centre of Excellence for Operations in Confined and Shallow Waters COE CSW in Kiel and the Fraunhofer FKIE have signed a memorandum of understanding to expand their collaboration on marine issues. The purpose of this agreement is to collaborate to develop and test forward-looking concepts in real-world environments.


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