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  • In the context of climate protection, the importance of energy efficiency is increasing, as is the share of electricity from renewable energies. Thousands of wind farms, solar modules and biogas plants already generate large quantities of green electricity. The expansion of wind power plants in particular has led to leaps in performance in recent years. In addition to the optimal utilization of the high-voltage overhead lines, the rapid detection of hazardous situations is a central issue. Fraunhofer IMS has developed a sensor system with energy self-sufficient sensor modules for monitoring the operating parameters.

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  • Artificial intelligence for microcontrollers and embedded systems / 2019

    Machine learning for sensors

    Research News / 4.6.2019

    Today microcontrollers can be found in almost any technical device, from washing machines to blood pressure meters and wearables. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS have develo-ped AIfES, an artificial intelligence (AI) concept for microcontrollers and sensors that contains a completely configurable artificial neural network. AIfES is a plat-form-independent machine learning library which can be used to realize self-learning microelectronics requiring no connection to a cloud or to high-perfor-mance computers. The sensor-related AI system recognizes handwriting and gestures, enabling for example gesture control of input when the library is running on a wearable.

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  • An AI platform should build an ecosystem for health economy. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is participating with the institutes IMS and IIS as consortium partners and wants to help SMEs with the integration of AI solutions. The VDE wins with the project “CareFul KI” in the AI innovation competition that was organized by the BMWi and thereby proving themselves against 130 other applicants.

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  • Prof. Dr. Karsten Seidl is the new head of the department micro- and nanosystems at Fraunhofer IMS in Duisburg. He also holds a chair for medical technology at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Karsten Seidl helps to strengthen the topic area of biosensors at the research institute in Duisburg.

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  • Enable energy solutions for IoT applications with the development of self-sufficient sensors – this is the mayor goal of the European initiative “EnABLES”. 10 European research institutes are working together on this project. Also on board is the Fraunhofer- Institute for Microelectronic Sensors and Systems IMS in Duisburg.

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  • Fraunhofer IMS developed highly-precise sensor-readout-ASICs for robust application. High-precision, robust and secure – regarding sensors, these characteristics seem to contradict. Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS in Duisburg has again performed an important step for the secure implementing of industry 4.0 and developed two sensor-ASIC series for capacitive and inductive sensor readout that do combine these attributes.

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  • Whether in road traffic, at the airport, fighting fires or at major events – the classification and counting of persons in this area is of an immense importance and forms a basis for the safety of involved persons. Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS in Duisburg researches in the field of infrared sensors to find better solutions for person recognition – and enables a more reliable and faster count.

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  • cooperation agreement / 2018

    Two strong partners for LiDAR-technology of the future

    18.10.2018

    LASER COMPONENTS and the Fraunhofer-Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS have signed a cooperation agreement and will collaborate closely in the future. Especially in the field of LiDAR technologies, both partners promise fresh impetus.

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  • Robotic lawn mowers with highly advanced sensors / 2018

    Increased safety for children around lawn mowers

    7.8.2018

    Robotic lawn mowers are great for cutting the grass, but they do pose a risk of injury to children playing nearby. Highly advanced sensors developed by Fraunhofer researchers ensure that the lawn mower shuts down when children are in close proximity. The system, which is based on LiDAR technology, uses a single pulse of light to capture the entire surroundings, covering a range of up to two-hundred meters.

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  • Fast, easy and uncomplicated – that sums up the EYEMATE sensor system developed jointly by Duisburg‘s Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS and Hanover‘s Implandata Ophthalmic Products GmbH (Implandata). It is a real innovation in intraocular pressure measurement. EYEMATE is sure to make life easier for glaucoma patients and their eye doctors. This implant provides actionable information to optimize the therapy for patients afflicted with glaucoma.

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