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The Berlin Center for Digital Transformation

The Berlin Center for Digital Transformation develops technologies and solutions that take into account the increasing digitization and networking of all areas of life. It conducts research on basic and cross-sectional technologies for the application areas "Networked Industry & Production", "Networked Mobility & City of the Future", "Networked Healthcare" and "Networked Critical Infrastructures & Energy".

The four Fraunhofer Institutes Fraunhofer FOKUS, Fraunhofer HHI, Fraunhofer IPK and Fraunhofer IZM bundle their expertise in the fields of information and communication technologies (ICT), data processing, production and microelectronics in the Berlin Center for Digital Transformation. Industry partners and public institutions have the opportunity to cooperate with the participating Fraunhofer Institutes in research projects.

As our partner, you benefit from the latest basic and cross-sectional technologies as well as from the numerous ways project results can be transferred into practice. Our Fraunhofer experts make the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 come alive for you. In addition, you can develop and test your own digitization concepts with us. Especially for this purpose, the participating institutes have set up “Transfer Centers” in which solutions for four areas of application are developed and put to the test.

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

We are working on the following research and application questions:

1. Networks of networks: How should systems, networks and interfaces look like in order to allow a meaningful analysis of data from different sources in different areas?

2. Quality and security: How can you ensure the quality of connections, data and information transmitted and the authenticity of subscribers to billions of networked data sources within the required response time, sometimes down to milliseconds, for mobile and wired networks?

3. Sovereignty: How can a network of the future guarantee that data provided by people or machines will only be used for the purposes authorized by the provider (identification)?

4. Data processing: Will cloud structures (few, large data centers) still make sense in the future? Is it necessary to switch to decentralized, sensor/data source related data processing?

5. Modeling: How can complex data and worlds be modelled, simulated and analyzed effectively and with sufficient accuracy?

6. Data collection: How can the immense amount of generated data be reduced to essential information close to the sources? What are the hardware solutions, compression and pre-processing methods required? How reliable and long-term stable is the hardware working?

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 the European Fund for Regional Development (ERDF).