LZ Illustration Leistungszentrum Digitale Vernetzung Berlin Center for Digital Transformation Schwerpunkte englisch
Fraunhofer FOKUS

The Berlin Center for Digital Transformation

The aim of the center is to establish Berlin as a leading location with detailed and strategically important core competencies in digital networking within Germany and internationally. Berlin should be named as the topmost location when one searches for the best expertise in digital networking both within Germany and internationally.  Apart from the locational advantage of being close to the Federal Government, the ICT competence of Berlin must become clearly visible from the outside in order to secure Berlin’s competitiveness, economic value add and social development in the long run. 

The center is driven by the Berlin Fraunhofer Institutes FOKUS, HHI, IPK and IZM. With a global reputation for research in ICT as well as applied research, these institutes are excellently positioned for those areas affected by digitalization. The center is based on extensive preparatory work: in the last 5 years research projects on this subject amounted to approximately 280 Million Euro. Furthermore there exists a close cooperation with the Universities in Berlin and with the University of Potsdam and the Hasso-Plattner-Institute.

The topics and areas of application addressed by the center „Networked Industry & Production“, „Networked Mobility and City of the Future“, „Networked Healthcare“ and „Networked Critical Infrastructures & Energy“.
The issues to be addressed in research and application cover e.g.:
  1. Net of networks: How should systems, networks and interfaces look like that permit a meaningful analysis of data from various sources and areas?
  2. Quality and security: How can one ensure the quality of the connections, the data and information transferred and the authenticity of the participants, within the required reaction time (at times down to the millisecond) given the billions of networked data sources for mobile as well as wired networks? 
  3. Sovereignty: How can a network of the future guarantee that the data supplied by either man or machine is only used for the purpose authorized by the supplier of the data (identification)?
  4. Processing of data: Do cloud-structures (few, large data centers) still make sense in the future? Will it be necessary to change over to de-centralized data processing in proximity to the sensors or data sources?
  5. Modelling: How can complex data and worlds be effectively modelled, simulated and analyzed with sufficient accuracy?
  6. Recording of data: How can the immense amount of data generated be reduced to essential information close to the source of data? What do the required hardware solutions and methods of compression and preprocessing look like? How reliable and long-term stable is the hardware?
Berlin with its excellent research environment (the universities, research institutes and the Charité), its vibrant High-Tech Start-Up scene and the diverse presence of leading international companies (SAP, Siemens, Bosch, Google, CISCO, etc.) can enhance its leading role with a concentrated scientific and technical initiative for networked digitalization. Since it is also stated goal of the Center, to attract industry, even partners from outside the region will be integrated.   

The Berlin Center for Digital Transformation is funded by the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Senate Chancellery – Research and Technology as well as from Regional Development Funds (EFRE).