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  • © Fraunhofer Mikroelektronik

    In the recently launched joint project "T-KOS" of the Research Fab Micro-electronics Germany (FMD), terahertz technology is now to be developed synergistically for industry in the fields of communication and sensor technology for the first time. Innovative system solutions in both areas can make a significant contribution to the successful implementation of future issues such as digitalization, Industry 4.0 or resource efficiency and thus strengthen Germany as a business location in the long term.

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  • Today's waste becomes tomorrow's resource / 2021

    "Waste4Future" paves new ways for plastics recycling

    Press Release / May 05, 2021

    Kohlenstoff im Kreislauf führen, somit Plastikmüll und Emissionen vermeiden: Das ist das Ziel im Projekt »Waste4Future«.
    © Fraunhofer IMWS

    A sustainable society with climate-neutral processes requires significant adjustments in the value chains, which are only possible through innovations. Seven Fraunhofer Institutes are pooling their expertise in the lighthouse project "Waste4Future" to develop new solutions for this goal, from the raw material base to material flows and process engineering right to the end of a product's life cycle. In particular, they want to increase energy and resource efficiency in the use of plastics and thus pave the way for a chemical industry that requires fewer fossil raw materials and produces fewer emissions.

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  • Road Safety / 2021

    Better protection for pedestrians

    Press Release / April 01, 2021

    MIMO radar sensor for motion capture, develo-ped at Fraunhofer FHR.
    © A. Shoykhetbrod/ Fraunhofer FHR

    At busy transport hubs where cars mix with cyclists, buses, and streetcars, it can be impossible for drivers to keep track of everything around them. A radar sensor system could solve this problem by issuing an early warning for drivers and self-driving vehicles when a pedestrian runs toward the road or the car. The system, developed by Fraunhofer researchers, will even be able to interpret and understand entire situations on a road with the aid of artificial intelligence.

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  • Medical diagnostics / 2020

    MRI images: more efficient, quieter and faster

    Press Release / December 01, 2020

    Experiments with the metamaterial disk in a magnetic resonance scanner identified as much as a fivefold increase in measurement sensitivity.
    © Fraunhofer MEVIS

    Magnetic resonance imaging has become an indispensable tool for medical diagnostics. Using metamaterials – printed circuit boards whose properties can be systematically adjusted – can increase measurement sensitivity by a factor of five. Metamaterials can also make scans faster and quieter. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institutes for Digital Medicine MEVIS and for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR are working together to make examinations more pleasant for patients.

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  • Radar sensors from Fraunhofer FHR to measure breathing frequency without contact / 2020

    Decentralized monitoring of COVID-19 patients: M3Infekt project launched

    Press Release / November 04, 2020

    The goal is a monitoring system for measuring vital parameters from a distance
    © Fraunhofer FHR

    M3Infekt, a Fraunhofer cluster project, aims to develop a monitoring system that enables early intervention in the event that a patient’s condition sud-denly starts to deteriorate. It will be a modular, multimodal and mobile sys-tem, and will also be suitable for use in the treatment of COVID-19 pa-tients. By facilitating the required intervention at an early stage, the system helps to lessen the effects of disease, shorten the duration of therapy and make flexible use of intensive care wards.

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  • Consumer protection / 2020

    Using radar to detect foreign objects in foods

    Press Release / November 02, 2020

    This radar image shows a glass splinter that was previously placed in the chocolate filling.
    © Fraunhofer FHR

    Foreign objects – glass splinters, for example – that find their way into foods can be hazardous to consumers. Established X-ray techniques detect primarily metals – glass, plastic and wood pose a challenge. SAMMI®, a new prototype, fills this gap: using radar, it has already detected glass splinters in sandwich cookies, as well as missing pieces of chocolate in advent calendars.

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