Military and civil aviation stand for cutting-edge technology and innovation. Information and communications technologies are decisive for both system manufacturers and system integrators, as well as industrial service providers.
In this field, the Fraunhofer FKIE bundles all of the relevant activities of its aerospace-related scientific departments and combines specific technical competencies with a profound understanding of the application area. There is a special emphasis on near real-time, interactive situation management at airports. Monitoring, coordination and management are essential in this field due to the heterogeneous system landscape, complex process dependencies, and interference factors that are difficult to anticipate.
Another critical area of work is concerned with the digitalization and integration of data in joint aerospace activities. The focus is on making the most of the opportunities digitalization offers for the optimization of process chains across organizations. This concretely affects cooperation between airlines, airports, ground transportation services, and a range of IT and information service providers. The Bundeswehr in particular relies on the work of the Fraunhofer FKIE to protect its helicopters from enemy fire. Specifically, this involves sensor payloads and fusion concepts for early threat detection.