We are still here for you!

April 01, 2020

Dear all,

the corona virus is keeping us and millions of people around the world on edge. We at Fraunhofer IMS are informed on behavior guidelines, precautionary measures, contact persons and relevant data sources and are monitoring the specialized information of the local authorities and health organizations closely. A catalog of preventive and accompanying measures developed by Fraunhofer is securing a risk-minimizing, responsible and also moderate way to deal with the situation and therefore ensuring us to be well equipped for possible future developments.

In addition to the protection of our employees, the unrestricted maintenance of our business operations is our main objective. In concrete terms, this means that our institute with its development departments and clean rooms is going to continue to be there for you in the best possible way, albeit in slightly different form than usual.

Our employees are mainly working from home and are available as usual by phone and e-mail. A rolling system was set up for work areas that require the presence of employees to guarantee that operations continue to work smoothly. We apologize for any inconvenience and delays in individual cases. We will do everything to remedy any inconvenience as quickly as possible.

We will gladly continue to discuss your conception and realization of your new ideas and projects. Here, we are increasingly relying on virtual meetings in the form of telephone and video conferences.

In the wake of the current corona virus pandemic, we would also like you to inform about the call by Munich Re and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft for an idea contest in which designs and concepts for respirators and necessary accessories are being sought to enable COVID-19 patients to be treated decentralized worldwide in time of crisis.

Moreover, Fraunhofer and other European partners are participating in the research of treatment options to combat COVID-19, a project supported by the European Commission’s emergency aid fund for urgent research to combat the epidemic.

Fraunhofer IMS is involved in the containment of the corona virus with its own technologies. Our in-house developed IR image sensors form the core component of a thermal imaging camera that can detect an elevated temperature quickly and contactless. Another project is the non-contact respiratory rate measurement, which prevents contact with patients. Both methods allow a first contactless detection of a disease without longer measurement cycles in the patient.

As you can see, we are working relentlessly on our research and are there for you as usual. Please accompany us through this extraordinary time! Thank you very much for your continued trusting cooperation and stay healthy.

With kind regards

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Anton Grabmaier
Director Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS