Fraunhofer IZM specializes in energy supply, networking, robust communication and the application-specific assembly of sensor nodes in wireless automation technology.
The availability and demand for energy is a key topic in the implementation of autarkic sensor nodes. In fact, it is often the decisive factor determining just how competitive an autarkic sensor solution is. Fraunhofer IZM researches and develops, independently and as support services for external clients, the energy-efficient design of sensor nodes, energy supply using fuel cells, application-specific batteries and environmental energy conversion. Communication between the nodes and a central receiving unit is the second large research area. Here too, energy efficiency plays a key role, however issues such as the robustness of the wireless connection and the antenna design are also addressed. Finally, Fraunhofer IZM researches and develops the packaging of sensor nodes and identifies which technologies are available to the customer-specific or, more precisely, the application-specific sensor nodes.