Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems

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Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems, Fraunhofer FOKUS
Charlottenburg Kaiserin-Augusta-Allee Fraunhofer-Institut.jpg
Institute-Building at Kaiserin-Augusta-Allee
FocusInformation and Communications Technology
DirectorsProf. Manfred Hauswirth; Prof. Ina Schieferdecker

The Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems, or FOKUS, is an organization of the Fraunhofer Society.[1] Headquartered in Berlin (Charlottenburg), the institute is engaged in applied research and development in the field of Information and Communications Technology.[2] The institute is jointly led by Prof. Manfred Hauswirth and Prof. Ina Schieferdecker. Manfred Hauswirth also holds a chair in at the Technische Universität Berlin.[3] In addition to her position at Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS, Ina Schieferdecker is also a professor for Quality Engineering of Open Distributed Systems at Technische Universität Berlin.[4] Gerd Schürmann is the institute’s deputy director.[5]


FOKUS was founded in 1988 as a research establishment for Open Communication Systems and an institute of the former "Gesellschaft für Mathematik und Datenverarbeitung GmbH" (GMD, Society for Mathematics and Data Processing). Since the merger of GMD with Fraunhofer in July 2001, FOKUS has been an institute of the Fraunhofer Society. In 2012, the three ICT institutes FOKUS, FIRST and ISST Berlin were brought together under the name of Fraunhofer FOKUS.[6]

In October 2014, Prof. Dr. Manfred Hauswirth was appointed Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS in Berlin.[7] On 1 January 2015 Prof. Dr. Ina Schieferdecker was appointed to the institute's board.[8]

Main research areas[edit]

Fraunhofer FOKUS develops vendor-neutral solutions for ICT systems. The institute focusses on practice-oriented research and development of digital interconnectivity. Fraunhofer FOKUS cooperates with business enterprises and public administration to support digitisation through research. It also carries out research into some of the key challenges to social development and the smart cities of the future, such as access to information, the sustainable and efficient use of resources, networked mobility and a modern public administration system. Research activities focus on inter-operable, user-centred domain and inter-organizational solutions.[2]

The Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), for example, which has become the standard for Voice over IP and Internet telephony, was originally developed at Fraunhofer FOKUS. Fraunhofer FOKUS also played a significant role in the introduction of the new ID card in Germany in 2010.[9][10]

Business Units[edit]

The success of the institute is based on an organization comprising different business units:[11]

  • ASCT designs and develops software and ICT systems for the automotive industry, with a particular emphasis on Car2X communication and 5G.
  • ESPRI design and development of logistics information technologies for civil protection, disaster control and public safety and security.
  • DPS Consulting, design and development of e-government solutions for politics, administration and business, together with the implementation of architectures and standards.
  • FAME develops interactive web technologies, with an emphasis on cross-platform applications, smart media, IPTV and personalized entertainment.
  • NGNI open service platforms based on the convergence of heterogeneous network technologies such as wireless and fixed networks and the Internet.
  • SQC Methods, processes and tools for the development and quality assurance of software-intense systems that often perform business-critical or security- and safety-relevant functions in urban infrastructures.
  • VISCOM real-time capable algorithms for the visualization, tracking, data fusion and interaction in intuitive assistance systems and user interfaces.


In 2015, FOKUS employed 434 people, including 164 students and interns. The Fraunhofer FOKUS budget in 2015 was 30 million euros. 20.7 million euros was spent on personnel, 8.6 million euros on equipment and materials and 0.7 million euros on investments.[12]


  1. ^ Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. "Fraunhofer in Berlin und Brandenburg". Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Retrieved 2015-01-22.
  2. ^ a b Fraunhofer FOKUS. "About FOKUS". Fraunhofer FOKUS. Retrieved 2017-02-22.
  3. ^ TU Berlin. "Fakultät Elektrotechnik und Informatik, Professuren: Prof. Dr. Manfred Hauswirth". Technische Universität Berlin. Retrieved 2015-01-16.
  4. ^ TU Berlin. "Fakultät Elektrotechnik und Informatik, Professuren: Ina Schieferdecker". Retrieved 2016-08-09.
  5. ^ Fraunhofer FOKUS. "Gerd Schürmann". Fraunhofer FOKUS. Retrieved 2017-02-22.
  6. ^ Fraunhofer FOKUS. "Historical developments of FOKUS". Fraunhofer FOKUS. Retrieved 2015-01-16.
  7. ^ Fraunhofer FOKUS (2014-09-12). "Prof. Manfred Hauswirth becomes new Director of Fraunhofer FOKUS". Fraunhofer FOKUS. Retrieved 2015-01-16.
  8. ^ Fraunhofer FOKUS (2015-02-03). "Prof. Ina Schieferdecker appointed to Executive Board of Fraunhofer FOKUS". Fraunhofer FOKUS. Retrieved 2017-02-22.
  9. ^ Fraunhofer FOKUS. "Contest: New ideas for eID". Fraunhofer FOKUS. Retrieved 2015-01-16.
  10. ^ FOCUS Online, dpa (2010-10-18). "Bundesadler mit Chip unterm Flügel". FOCUS online. Retrieved 2015-01-16.
  11. ^ Fraunhofer FOKUS. "FOKUS Organisation". Fraunhofer FOKUS. Retrieved 2017-02-22.
  12. ^ Fraunhofer FOKUS. "Facts and figures". Fraunhofer FOKUS. Retrieved 2017-02-22.

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