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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

    Im Radarbild lässt sich ein zuvor in der Schokocreme platzierter Glassplitter erkennen.
    © 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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  • Rapid rescue of buried people

    Press Release / October 01, 2020

    Testing the radar-based detection of the vital parameters of a group of people as they move naturally in an environment at Fraunhofer FHR.
    © Patrick Wallrath/Fraunhofer FHR

    When someone is buried by an avalanche, earthquake or other disaster, a rapid rescue can make the difference between life and death. The Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR has developed a new kind of mobile radar device that can search hectare-sized areas quickly and thoroughly. The new technology combines greater mobility with accurate detection of vital signs.

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  • Nicht nur Weltraumbeobachtung: Radar bietet heute viele andere Anwendungsmöglichkeiten, die das Fraunhofer FHR in seiner neuen Online-Vortragsserie «Radar in Aktion» präsentieren wird.
    © Fraunhofer FHR / Jens Fiege

    To communicate the various new applications, which became possible with radar by the technological advancements of the last years, compactly and understandably to a broad public: This is the aim of "Radar in Action", the online lecture series of the Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR, which was launched with great success in June 2020. Since in times of Corona a personal presentation of the research work at fairs and conferences is not possible, the institute developed a digital format for customers, partners and interested parties from industry, politics, science and society. In order to stay in contact with the international network, the events are now also offered in English.

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