The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is the leading organization for applied research in Europe. Its research activities are conducted by 67 institutes and research units at locations throughout Germany. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft employs a staff of more than 23,000, who work with an annual research budget totalling 2 billion euros. International collaborations with excellent research partners and innovative companies around the world ensure direct access to regions of the greatest importance to present and future scientific progress and economic development.
The Fraunhofer IFF as Institute for Factory Operation and Automation in Magdeburg develops, engineers and implements innovative and client-driven solutions in the fields of logistics, automation, process and plant engineering and digital engineering. Strategies for the development of digital logistics and smart logistics environments include the development and implementation of CPS based solutions. The expertise of the Expert Group for Material Handling Engineering and Systems (MFT) incorporates radio and image-based technologies for identification and localisation as also their integration into application focused IT solutions. Monitoring functionalities based on the integration of sensor technologies into logistics and production environments therefor create smart logistics zones.