From sensor data to smart services

Welcome to the pages of the Energy, Environmental and Security Systems business unit of Fraunhofer IOSB! We are happy to support you if you are looking for a competent development and innovation partner for technological challenges in areas such as energy management, environmental information systems or civil security.

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.

These are the topics and challenges we address

Smart cities and quarters

IT solutions for cross-sectoral energy systems and for energy management

Cybersecurity for energy and water utilities

Smart water management

Decision support for cultural heritage sites

Crisis management in the context of climate change

Smart security systems for authorities

These assets we bring, among others, to the solution of your problems:

FROST® SensorThings API implementation

PERMA® cloud environment for analysis and model algorithms

EMS-EDM PROPHET® cloudbased energy services, forecasting and optimization methods

WaterFrame® information systems for water quality management

UVC LED disinfection solutions

Further information about the business unit


“Climate and energy price crises offer an opportunity”

Prof. Bretschneider talks about the challenges posed by the desired energy transition in Germany. According to Bretschneider, the switch to renewable energies can only succeed with artificial intelligence methods – methods provided by Fraunhofer IOSB.

IOSB publications

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




In this self-funded research project, launched in 2019, we developed 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.