For the benefit of Germany’s defence as part of Europe and NATO the Fraunhofer IOSB supports the German ministry of defence and its subordinate authorities as well as the defence industry with applied research and technology on the areas of imaging with optronic systems, image and signal analysis, and architectures for simulation and information systems. Rapid transfer of our research results in order to enhance the ability of the armed forces and to protect our soldiers is our prime objective.
Scope of Work
The IOSB’s core competency lies in research into optronic systems for human and computer vision, real-time processing and analysis of imagery, and full-motion video as well as the necessary information and communication technology for the use of images in network-enabled operations.
Of special significance for the German armed forces is our research and technology work in the following areas:
The research and technology activity of business unit Defence is carried out in three tiers:
International cooperations based either on bilateral agreements, with contracts from the European Defence Agency (EDA), or common research activities in the context of NATO’s Science & Technology Organization (NATO STO) are continously flanking our national defence research work.
To the extent that military security classification does not prevent this, the R&T in business unit Defence is incorporated into the IOSB’s applied research for civil purposes performed by the other four units in order to achieve the highest benefit for all application areas.
The technologies of IOSB are of central importance for most contemporary innovative systems. Therefore, we use them for a long list of applications in the fields of reconnaissance, navigation, simulation, satellite technology, land, air and naval platforms, target approximation, effect on target and protection, equipping of soldiers and information technology. Core competencies of the business field are the production of images, and related sensor signals including the corresponding signal processing, and the use of images in systems.
The basic funding of the German Federal Ministry of Defense (BMVg) is dedicated to investigate crucial technologies and to gain and keep a leading edge in defense technologies, and scientific knowledge on imaging optronics, image exploitation, and the system aspects that go with them.
RESEARCH FOR THE GERMAN ARMED FORCES
Various research grants and orders from the German armed forces form a second column of the activities in science and Technology of financing the business unit build. These projects vary considerably: some grants are awarded for long-term work that lasts three years while others concentrate on short-term results for urgent needs. Generally, we develop innovative technologies and support them to the point of lab demonstrators.
IOSB scientists are gladly consulted. They are frequently present on national and international committees, as well as planning and control meetings for armament projects of the Federal Office of Defense Technology and Procurement (BWB). Based on their long-time experience in the fields of military research, they have the necessary background knowledge to address current problems, and have earned the trust of their partners in government, institutions of the armed forces, and soldiers. With present overseas operations of our armed forces needing technology formerly only addressed in national security environments, IOSB has widened its scope to security research for the benefit of both Defense and Security.
CONTRACTS WITH INDUSTRY
Contracts and orders from the industry related to military products and supply, constitute a third source of funding. Expertise from basic research and the partners trust in our work form the foundation. We have an extensive success record in cooperating with partners from industry, which often build the starting point for new joint projects. Industry also values consultations from the institute, and you will find IOSB scientists and technicians, along with their up to date equipment, frequently involved in industrial testing activities. Know how gained from public programms is transferred into industrial use and thus optimizes the return of public investments.
RESEARCH AND CONSULTING
Most departments in this business unit focus on matters related to defense research. The list of their names speaks for itself:
Autonomous SystemsApplication Center System TechnologyInteractive AnalysisInteroperability and Assistance SystemsInformation ManagementObject RecognitionOptronicsSignatoricsSecure CommunicationScene Analysis