Fraunhofer Blockchain Lab

Experience lab for technologies, their implementation and application

New whitepaper

Self-Sovereign Identity – Basics, Applications and Potentials of Portable Digital Identities

Lately, issues of privacy and security in digital environments have moved to the forefront of the public discourse. Against this background, the concept of Self-Sovereign Identities (SSI) aims to enable self-determined control of personal cross-domain data and information. In our whitepaper "Self-Sovereign Identity - Basics, Applications and Potentials of Portable Digital Identities", we present the most important conceptual and technological foundations of SSI based on four case studies.

Whitepaper "Self-Sovereign Identity – Basics, Applications and Potentials of Portable Digital Identities" [ PDF  7,95 MB ]

About us

Fraunhofer's Blockchain Lab is a multi-disciplinary unit that designs, develops and evaluates blockchain applications. We transfer the latest R&D results in this young field into practical, integrative applications, putting special emphasis on short development cycles.

We work with you in developing customized solutions that meet your needs

  • in one-day or multi-day workshops
  • in applied research projects (analyzing the technology's potential or going all the way to implementing a system)
  • with industry groups or cross-industry consortia
  • developing and evaluating new forms of governance and business models

What is a blockchain?

A blockchain is a distributed, decentralized data structure that provides for transparent chronological and unalterable storage of transactions in a network.

 

Properties

  • Data management by the network instead of a centralized authority
  • Unalterable transaction history through cryptographic principles

Potential advantages

  • Transaction processing and verification without intermediaries
  • Risk reduction through data and process integrity
  • Cost reductions by avoiding intermediary services
  • Automatic processes through smart contracts
  • New forms of governance through novel processes
  • Cross-industry ecosystems

Focus of our services

Designing blockchain business models

  • Creating individual or industry-wide business concepts
  • Analyzing market potential, evaluating and developing disruptive solutions

Implementing blockchain technology

  • Providing a development platform with several different blockchain systems (P2P network, validation server etc.)
  • Developing blockchain applications
  • Evaluating blockchain concepts

Legal and regulatory environment

  • Counseling on the relevant legal aspects
  • Evaluating blockchain systems and business models from a regulatory perspective

Application fields

Bespoke solutions in complex application fields, based on blockchain concepts: Smart contracts and decentralized, autonomous forms of organization for more efficient governance and business processes.

  • Internet of Things
  • (Intellectual) property management
  • Stock exchange trading
  • Asset management
  • Clearing processes
Wolfgang Prinz, PhD

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Prof. Wolfgang Prinz, PhD

Fraunhofer FIT, Sankt Augustin

Phone +49 2241 14-3111

Thomas Rose

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Prof. Dr. Thomas Rose

Fraunhofer FIT, Sankt Augustin

Phone +49 2241 14-3969

Nils Urbach

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Prof. Dr. Nils Urbach

Fraunhofer FIT, Project Group Business & Information Systems Engineering

Phone +49 921 55-4710

Jens Strüker

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Prof. Dr. Jens Strüker

Fraunhofer FIT, Project Group Business & Information Systems Engineering

Phone +49 921 55-4712