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Fraunhofer Advanced Asset Administration Shell Tools for Digital Twins

We are pleased to announce the release of our open-source software FA³ST Service v0.1.0 as first building block of the Fraunhofer Advanced Asset Administration Shell Tools for Digital Twins (FA³ST). FA³ST Service enables you to create and run Digital Twins based on the Asset Administration Shell (AAS) specification by Plattform Industrie 4.0 that can be interacted with via standard-conform APIs.
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Fraunhofer ML4P project improves efficiency in industrial manufacturing

Artificial intelligence is regularly applied in areas such as image analysis and speech recognition. However, in the industrial production sector its potential is still scarcely used. Several Fraunhofer institutes have recently developed a solution as part of the lighthouse project “ML4P — Machine Learning for Production”, which aims to make industrial manufacturing much more efficient through the use of machine learning. The software suite is very flexible and can be easily applied in existing production processes.
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Train, bike or car? AI methods to help choose the best means of transport depending on the current situation

Mobility services offer people a variety of ways to get from A to B. Whether bus and train, bicycle or e-scooter, car-sharing or private car: the options are steadily increasing and can contribute significantly to more sustainable, cheaper and healthier mobility. The choice of the appropriate means of transport always depends on the circumstances: Which services are available, how is the weather developing, is there a lot of traffic or limited parking at the destination? Seamless mobility means being able to choose the most suitable means of transport for each leg of the journey and to switch between them quickly and conveniently.
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New Fraunhofer Center SIRIOS in Berlin goes into operation

In January 2022, the newly founded Fraunhofer Center for Security of Socio-Technical Systems SIRIOS in Berlin started operations. In comprehensive research and development projects, it bundles the competencies of four Fraunhofer institutes. The aim is to set up a research, test and training environment for security authorities, rescue services and operators of critical infrastructure over the next four years. There, complex security scenarios can be simulated, experienced virtually and tested in real life. The direct participation of citizens should also be made possible, e.g. by assessing the subjective sense of security.
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Activity detection inside the vehicle

Is the driver tired or even asleep? Cameras in the vehicle’s interior can already monitor this. Especially in the case of automated driving, interior cameras are important and prescribed by law. A new system developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB is the world’s first to be able to use image data to draw conclusions about the driver’s activity and analyze how quickly they would be able to take control of the vehicle.
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Progress in decontamination tasks: ROBDEKON showcases state of development

In 2018, the ROBDEKON competence center (robotic systems for decontamination in hazardous environments) started operations. After three years of work, a regular review was due - on this occasion, the ROBDEKON partners in Karlsruhe and Bremen presented the state of their developed technology and gave live demonstrations of the teleoperated, semi-autonomous and autonomous systems they are researching.
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Self-organizing, flexible production instead of assembly line: Study on the car factory of the future published

How can automotive production remain competitive in times of ever greater diversity of variants and ever faster product cycles? The new study "At the end of the line - How automakers can embrace flexible production" sees the solution, at least for the premium segment, in intelligently networked, self-organizing production. This means rethinking the pearl chain principle established today. The effort could pay for itself within a very short time, as the study authors from Strategy& Deutschland, the strategy consultancy of PwC, and the Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB write.
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Digitalization Contact Point: Smart City Project Office Opened

The new contact point for all matters concerning the Smart City project "digital.interkommunal" of the municipality of Kalletal and the Old Hanseatic City of Lemgo has opened. The project office is located in Lemgo's Mittelstraße. From there, project manager Nicole Baeumer and her team will be in contact not only with the political bodies and administrations, but above all with citizens and other interest groups.
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Intelligent robots for targeted combating of viruses and bacteria

Service robots can help ensure that buildings and means of transport are cleaned and disinfected regularly and with consistently high quality. Since October 2020, twelve institutions of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft have been working on the development of new technologies for this field of application. Led by Fraunhofer IPA, the partners are pooling their expertise in the “Mobile Disinfection" (MobDi) research project to contribute to a safe “New Normal” in times of pandemic. The project is part of the »Fraunhofer vs. Corona« action program.
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Protecting cultural heritage in Germany from extreme climate events

Germany holds the EU Council Presidency until the end of December. In an ambitious program, Germany has set itself the goal of addressing the issues of climate change and the protection of cultural heritage, among others. However, there is still a lack of reliable data and scientific studies on how and, above all, which future extreme weather events will affect our cultural heritage in the various regions of Germany and what measures we can take to protect our cultural heritage. Over the next three years, researchers will investigate this for the first time for Germany in the BMBF-funded project »KERES«. The research project is coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC in Würzburg together with the Fraunhofer EU Office in Brussels.
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New Fraunhofer research group develops methods for analyzing and filtering microplastics from the ocean

A new research group of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is developing underwater applications at the Baltic Sea for a more compatible use of the seas by humans. In a first project, the researchers are devoting themselves to the topic of microplastics in the oceans.
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Whitepaper of Fraunhofer lighthouse project ML4P published

The use of machine learning (ML) in industrial production holds great potential for the optimization of procedures and processes. Due to various difficulties in this context, it is still far from being a standard tool. In order to overcome these challenges and make the use of ML in production less complex and more manageable, Fraunhofer researchers have developed a generally applicable process model as part of the lighthouse project "ML4P - Machine Learning for Production", which was launched in 2018. While work on the associated software tools is still ongoing, the process model will be published on the occasion of the virtual trade fair "Fraunhofer Solution Days" on October 26 and will then be freely available as a white paper.
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Making AI Manageable By Engineers

Artificial intelligence (AI) can be found in smartphones, search machines, or navigation systems. It makes everyday life easier. Potential applications of AI in the engineering sector are numerous, examples being smart factories or autonomous vehicles. However, processes to make the behavior of these systems plannable and their decisions reproducible are still lacking. This will be changed by the "Kompetenzzentrum für KI-Engineering" (CC-KING, competence center for AI engineering) managed by the Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation (IOSB). The partners are Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the FZI Research Center for Information Technology.
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