From sensor data to smartservices

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The Energy, Environmental and Security Systems business unit groups together all activities at Fraunhofer IOSB that address the needs of energy and water infrastructure providers, operators of environmental information systems, public authorities and similar organizations in charge of protecting and maintaining public safety and order, municipal bodies, and their subcontractors. This work involves in-depth knowledge of sensor networks and sensor data management, as well as wide-ranging expertise in data analysis, modeling, simulation, forecasting and process optimization. Other relevant areas of expertise include IT security and data protection. 

We offer a wide range of services extending from basic research and technology consulting to the design and implementation of complete systems for applications such as energy management, the planning and monitoring of water supplies, and smart solutions for the real-time detection of hazardous situations based on video data.


We address these topics and challenges:

  • Cross-sectoral energy systems
  • Electricity generation systems
  • Energy management systems
  • Cybersecurity for energy and water utilities
  • Smart water management
  • Smart security systems for national, regional and local authorities


We use these skills, tools and assets for this purpose:

  • Cloud-based energy services
  • Forecasting and optimization methods
  • WaterFrame® – Information Systems
  • UVC LED modules for water disinfection
  • Machine learning
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Crowd management
  • Activity recognition
  • SensorThings API

Further information about the business unit


“A cross-sectoral view of the energy transition“

Sensor data management, data analysis, data protection: future challenges require interdisciplinary knowledge and skills. Learn more about the cross-sectoral view on energy change and the competences of Fraunhofer IOSB in this field.

IOSB publications

The following issues of our science journal visIT deal with topics of this business area (German only):




In this self-research project, launched in 2019, we are developing an open platform toolbox for the analysis and semantic processing of sensor data.

Cooperate with us

Companies can cooperate with us within the framework of funded joint projects or commission R&D services directly - and there are other ways to access our know-how.