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Date:6/3/2008

ovascular functions 24 hours a day, enabling them to contact medical specialists in the event of an emergency. Preventive healthcare, diagnostics, therapy and care are other areas of application for this technology.

Bio-functional surfaces
High tech with a sensitive skin
Medical implants are intended to uphold bodily functions, monitor individual risks or facilitate long-term treatment plans. In future this will be made possible by bio-functional surfaces: The "skin" of a material, instrument or device performs a specific function when in contact with biological environments. It picks out certain molecules, receives signals or stimulates a response.

Food chain management
Always fresh on the table
Kiwi fruits from New Zealand, mangos from Thailand, beef from Argentina today's shoppers can find an international selection of goods even in small supermarkets. However, globalization also poses challenges: Foodstuffs have to be produced in accordance with current food regulations, properly packaged and shipped, and finally arrive fresh on the customer's table. Food chain management makes it possible to display and optimize the entire food production chain from production and processing to the retailer and the end customer.

Focus on the environment

Decentralized integrated water management
Saving precious water
In Germany we consume a lot of water: over 130 liters per head dayly. If we are to continue providing high-quality drinking water at low prices in future, the water consumption must be cut. New technologies help to use drinking water economically and treat wastewater to make it suitable for domestic use. Intelligent sensors monitor the systems and report such failures as leaky water pipes.

Focus on energy

Energy-efficient modernization
More than just a facade
About one-third of the energy consumed in Germany goes into regulating the temperature in buildi
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