Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB

10 years of Fraunhofer IOSB - A young institute with a long history


Annual Report 2019/2020


IT Security in Industry


Secure Plug and Work - A contribution to the future project Industrie 4.0


Established on January 1, 2010, the Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies, and Image Exploitation IOSB grew to become Europe´s largest research institute in the field of image acquisition, processing and analysis.  

Fraunhofer IOSB´s other areas of activity are control and automation technology, and information and knowledge management.  

Fraunhofer IOSB has five locations in Germany: Karlsruhe, Ettlingen, Ilmenau, Lemgo and Görlitz as well as a representative office in Beijing. The three core competencies of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation give the institute its distinctive profile.

Corona pandemic: information on how to cooperate

Many things are different at the moment, but our work continues. We can be reached by phone and on all digital channels.

Image exploitation

Preparation and real-time processing of images and videos as well as automatic and interactive information extraction.


Understanding and control of the generation of light, its beam forming, propagation and conversion into electronic signals.

System technologies

The ability to analyze, understand, model, develop and control complex systems.

Fraunhofer IOSB


Embedded focused open source OPC UA stack open62541 officially certfied by OPC Foundation

Karlsruhe, 26.9.2019 - open62541 is the only open source all-C implementation of OPC UA technology, the world-wide interoperability standard for machine-to-machine communication. The software developed in substantial parts at Fraunhofer IOSB in Karlsruhe is extremely friendly for resource-constrained environments and runs on every kind of hardware, from the small embedded system to the large production plant. Now, the OPC UA stack open62541 is officially certfied by the OPC Foundation.


OCM-Conference March 17-18, 2021

Attend the 5th International OCM-Conference in March 17-18, 2021 to learn more about the latest in Optical Characterization of Materials. The conference will take place in Karlsruhe, Germany, and is organized by Fraunhofer IOSB, KIT, the IEEE and the Karlsruhe Center for Spectral Signatures of Materials (KCM).