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Fraunhofer frontline themes: Tomorrow's opportunities
Date:6/3/2008

This release is available in German.

"The interests of ordinary people, their wishes and needs must always be a prime consideration in our research work," says Fraunhofer President Professor Hans-Jrg Bullinger, explaining the approach taken by the research organization. "We have identified six research areas in which we believe that future technologies and products will be of the greatest benefit to mankind. People need health, an intact environment, security, communication, energy and mobility. These are the areas on which we will focus our research capacities in the years to come."

Starting with these six focal areas, Fraunhofer has conducted an intensive discourse and identified fields of research that will be as fast and effective as possible in helping to meet present-day challenges such as global warming, dwindling resources and health problems. "In pursuing these twelve frontline themes, Fraunhofer is demonstrating its active role in securing the future of Germany as an industrial location. We not only show where tomorrow's opportunities lie, but also systematically develop innovative solutions," states Bullinger. "In order to do this, we invest our own funds in preliminary research and pool our distributed expertise in a manageable selection of frontline themes."

Under the motto of "Fraunhofer frontline themes: Tomorrow's opportunities", interdisciplinary teams of scientists and engineers are working on new technologies and solutions that will help to make our life healthier, safer, simpler and more mobile. There are twelve different project:

Focus on health

Personal health assistant
The electronic guardian angel
Smart assistance systems can help even sick and elderly people to lead independent lives in their own homes. One such system is the digital health assistant. It monitors patients' cardi
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Contact: Franz Miller
Franz.Miller@zv.fraunhofer.de
49-891-205-1300
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
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