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Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT

Process-oriented energy control and optimization

Energy efficiency is a key driver for increasing manufacturer’s competitiveness. Optimizing energy consumption depends on detailed data such as the consumption of individual machines in each manufacturing process step. Fraunhofer FIT developed such a system based on a service-oriented architecture based middleware. The middleware allows easy and rapid integration of heterogeneous sensors and legacy systems in existing production facilities. The system will be demonstrated using an example production line in the automotive industry. Here it captures the consumption for individual process steps and car models. A mobile device (iPad) can be used to analyze the data in depth and to identify areas for improvement.

Smart grids to help optimizing the utilization of power grids

Germany's power grids are not yet well prepared for the current consequences of our Energiewende, wide fluctuations in the supply of electricity from renewable sources, which conflict with patterns of demand. Smart grids that manage electricity demand at the local – microgrid – level may help to reduce the transmission of electricity over long distances to balance regional over- and undersupply. In the GreenCom project, international partners from industry and research develop and evaluate such a "Smart Energy Management System". It will be demonstrated at CeBIT, March 10 – 14, 2014 in Hannover. Visit us in Hall 9, Booth E40.

Prof. Matthias Jarke named ACM Fellow

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) named Prof. Matthias Jarke ACM Fellow, specifically recognizing his contributions to conceptual modeling, requirements engineering and metadata management as well as his leading role in advancing computer science in Germany. In the 20 years of the ACM Fellows program, ten German computer scientists were named ACM Fellow, among them three researchers from Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

Better first response medical care during catastrophes

The armband color coding indicates the severity of injury. First responders can decide immediately whether the victim should be taken to a hospital or can be treated on site.

New web portal for drug discovery

The GRANATUM web portal is now online, ready to connect biomedical researchers. The public GRANATUM IT platform provides access to information about cancer research and established pharmaceutical agents from 83 global data sources in an integrated, semantically interlinked manner. Researchers can now use www.granatum.org to socially interact and cooperate, build and share hypotheses, search databases, design and execute in-silico experiments to screen potential chemoprevention drugs ahead of in-vitro and in-vivo test.

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