The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is a leading organisation for institutes of applied research in Germany, undertaking contract research on behalf of industry, the service sector and the government. Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is actively involved in industrial consortia seeking technical solutions to improve the competitiveness of European industry. At present, the organisation maintains 59 research institutes with some 17,000 employees at locations throughout Germany.
The Fraunhofer-Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation (IOSB) has 377 employees, of which 282 are scientists or engineers, and has annual operational costs of about 37 million € (2010). IOSB provides sustainable solutions of advanced control, monitoring and diagnosis systems mainly for industrial partners. IOSB has five business areas: Automation, Energy & Environment, Visual Inspection, Security and Defense.
Recent projects carried out by IOSB in the field of EO2HEAVEN include:
- ORCHESTRA (FP6 511678) – Open Architecture and Spatial Data Infrastructure for Risk Management
- CHIL (FP6 506909) – Computers in the Human Interaction Loop; specification and development of an agent based software architecture
- SANY (FP6 033564) – Sensors Anywhere; standard open service architecture for fixed and moving sensors and sensor networks including re-usable data fusion and decision support building blocks
- GIGAS (FP7 224274) – Support action that promotes the coherent and interoperable development of the GMES, INSPIRE and GEOSS initiatives through their concerted adoption of standards, protocols, and open architectures.
The core expertise of Fraunhofer IOSB comprises information and knowledge management, database design, software and object-oriented systems, signal and image processing, pattern recognition, dynamic systems, modelling and optimisation. The department Information Management leads the IOSB involvement in this project. Its focus is on content, community and knowledge management (own product WebGenesisÒ- a toolkit for the generation of content management systems), integrated thematic information systems, software platforms for distributed simulation applications based on the IEEE 1516 High-level Architecture, agent based applications as well as IT consulting and project management support. Major recent projects have dealt with the implementation of large environmental information systems (e.g. ground and surface water resource inventories) supporting the information management and the reporting for the European Water Framework Directive and with generic service architectures for environmental risk applications (FP6 ORCHESTRA, SANY). The development of services based on information fusion and ontologies for sensor based networks is the subject of several major, long-term projects. Advanced information fusion techniques are used in surveillance applications as well as monitoring and control systems.
Fraunhofer IOSB is the EO2HEAVEN Financial Coordinator, i.e. the legal entity acting as the intermediary between the Parties and the European Commission.
Fraunhofer IOSB leads WP4 “Architecture of Spatial Information Infrastructure” assuring a common methodological and architectural approach for the EO2HEAVEN infrastructure with a focussed innovation process on sensor networks and geo-processing. As voting member of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), Fraunhofer IOSB will observe and contribute to those OGC standardisation activities that are relevant for EO2HEAVEN.