Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB

Welcome to Fraunhofer IOSB!

Developing innovative vision systems including the necessary laser light sources. Making best possible use of sensors and interconnecting them. Processing and evaluating the resulting data streams. Using this data to efficiently support humans in making sound decisions, improving processes and controlling autonomous systems in an intelligent way: This complete process and value chain is our domain. It combines the core competences reflected in our name – optronics, system technologies and image exploitation to provide optimum benefits for a wide range of applications.

News from Fraunhofer IOSB


Berlin / 24.10.2023

Combined power for more safety

At its annual conference in Berlin, the Fraunhofer Center for the Security of Socio-Technical Systems SIRIOS presented itself as a technology and innovation platform for public security. The first results of the center, which is operated by Fraunhofer IOSB together with three other institutes, were presented to around 140 representatives from politics, security authorities, industry, associations and research.


Athens and Karlsruhe / 5.10.2023

Better ways and tools to fight corruption

Whilst there is no doubt about its detrimental effects, corruption is a complex phenomenon that is hard to precisely grasp and measure. Thus, policy decisions are poorly informed, and technological tools to support the fight against corruption are lacking. To tackle theses challenges, social scientists, data analysis experts and law enforcement practitioners join forces in EU research project FALCON.


Frankfurt / 2.8.2023

Manufacturing-X: A sketch of the data space

What could an open, interoperable data space for the manufacturing industries look like? A study authored by the Fraunhofer Institutes ISST, IOSB and IPA provides an impetus for the data ecosystem envisioned in the Manufacturing-X initiative, which is considered the next big step in the implementation of Industrie 4.0. The study takes into account the requirements of SMEs and their expectations of a secure and value-creating digital data economy.


Karlsruhe / 3.7.2023

Autonomous underwater and surface mapping

Surveying bodies of water is challenging. Until now, it has required special mapping vessels, much manpower, and money, and is not being carried out with the frequency and precision that will be required for, e. g., future autonomous shipping. Our team has developed an easy-to-operate, unmanned watercraft that autonomously surveys rivers, lakes, and harbors above and below the surface and produces 3D maps.

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Fraunhofer IOSB

Advanced System Technology branch IOSB-AST

Industrial Automation branch IOSB-INA