Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Fraunhofer establishes new Big Data Alliance

05.03.2014

Big Data is one of the key research and strategy topics for the world of business. Now 24 Fraunhofer Institutes have come together to pool their expertise in the new Big Data Alliance, creating a single point of contact for companies, politicians and researchers. The alliance will make its debut appearance at CeBIT 2014 (Hall 9, Booth E40).    

There were some two sextillion bytes of data stored worldwide last year. Being able to efficiently analyze and structure the ubiquitous flood of data allows us to improve the quality of information and business processes.


24 Fraunhofer Institutes have come together to pool their expertise in the new Big Data Alliance, creating a single point of contact for companies, politicians and researchers.

© Fraunhofer Alliance Big Data

Companies can develop new ideas and business models. Taking the example of Industry 4.0, smart sensors in manufacturing equipment can help in the early detection of potential stoppages and in automated error analysis. Big Data offers a host of benefits for almost any sector.

“But it’s incredibly important to combine the required IT expertise with sector-specific knowledge. In surveys, companies report that this is a major barrier for them,” says Prof. Stefan Wrobel, head of the new alliance and the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS. “This was one reason why we wanted to pool the Big Data expertise of several Fraunhofer Institutes. We want to pursue a comprehensive approach.” 

The alliance is organized into clusters that line up with markets and customer groups: Life Sciences, Production, Logistics, Energy and Environment, Security, and Financial and Insurance. Each member institute has experts in all key sectors who bring the necessary specialist knowledge and Big Data experience to the table.

Dovetailing this practical knowledge with international research activities means that the scientists are always in a position to relay the latest findings and methods to the customer. Data protection and security are also important parts of any project and feature among the alliance’s competences.

Implementing major projects

By pooling wide-ranging capacities, the alliance can carry even giant projects – independently and for any service provider. What’s more, the alliance gives companies a chance to collaborate strategically. Member institutes help companies build expertise and work up solutions that can then be applied to traditional business processes, production and logistics, and also to research and product development.

This is based on collective preliminary research, participation in international research programs, regular market studies and sector workshops as well as on utilizing a shared, high-performance IT infrastructure. 

Transferring knowledge

Another focal point is the training and advancement of “data scientists.” By offering a comprehensive training concept, the alliance enables Big Data newcomers as well as experts and managers to gather the experience they need. The training on offer ranges from Big Data management and implementation into technical systems and architectures, to further training in specific Big Data application areas such as text analytics. And there are even more training modules for various sectors and business areas in the pipeline. Also planned are certifications and training opportunities through the Fraunhofer Academy.

Further information

Dr. Dirk Hecker
Fraunhofer Alliance Big Data
Schloss Birlinghoven
53757 Sankt Augustin
phone +49 2241 14-1509
dirk.hecker(at)iais.fraunhofer.de

Weitere Informationen:

http://www.bigdata.fraunhofer.de Website of the Fraunhofer Alliance Big Data (in German)

Katrin Berkler | Fraunhofer-Institut

More articles from CeBIT 2014:

nachricht Civil security without surveillance
06.03.2014 | FOKUS - Fraunhofer-Institut für Offene Kommunikationssysteme

nachricht Applying Knowledge, Not Just Memorizing Facts
03.03.2014 | Fraunhofer-Institut für Digitale Medientechnologie IDMT

All articles from CeBIT 2014 >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Designing Architecture with Solar Building Envelopes

Among the general public, solar thermal energy is currently associated with dark blue, rectangular collectors on building roofs. Technologies are needed for aesthetically high quality architecture which offer the architect more room for manoeuvre when it comes to low- and plus-energy buildings. With the “ArKol” project, researchers at Fraunhofer ISE together with partners are currently developing two façade collectors for solar thermal energy generation, which permit a high degree of design flexibility: a strip collector for opaque façade sections and a solar thermal blind for transparent sections. The current state of the two developments will be presented at the BAU 2017 trade fair.

As part of the “ArKol – development of architecturally highly integrated façade collectors with heat pipes” project, Fraunhofer ISE together with its partners...

Im Focus: How to inflate a hardened concrete shell with a weight of 80 t

At TU Wien, an alternative for resource intensive formwork for the construction of concrete domes was developed. It is now used in a test dome for the Austrian Federal Railways Infrastructure (ÖBB Infrastruktur).

Concrete shells are efficient structures, but not very resource efficient. The formwork for the construction of concrete domes alone requires a high amount of...

Im Focus: Bacterial Pac Man molecule snaps at sugar

Many pathogens use certain sugar compounds from their host to help conceal themselves against the immune system. Scientists at the University of Bonn have now, in cooperation with researchers at the University of York in the United Kingdom, analyzed the dynamics of a bacterial molecule that is involved in this process. They demonstrate that the protein grabs onto the sugar molecule with a Pac Man-like chewing motion and holds it until it can be used. Their results could help design therapeutics that could make the protein poorer at grabbing and holding and hence compromise the pathogen in the host. The study has now been published in “Biophysical Journal”.

The cells of the mouth, nose and intestinal mucosa produce large quantities of a chemical called sialic acid. Many bacteria possess a special transport system...

Im Focus: Newly proposed reference datasets improve weather satellite data quality

UMD, NOAA collaboration demonstrates suitability of in-orbit datasets for weather satellite calibration

"Traffic and weather, together on the hour!" blasts your local radio station, while your smartphone knows the weather halfway across the world. A network of...

Im Focus: Repairing defects in fiber-reinforced plastics more efficiently

Fiber-reinforced plastics (FRP) are frequently used in the aeronautic and automobile industry. However, the repair of workpieces made of these composite materials is often less profitable than exchanging the part. In order to increase the lifetime of FRP parts and to make them more eco-efficient, the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) and the Apodius GmbH want to combine a new measuring device for fiber layer orientation with an innovative laser-based repair process.

Defects in FRP pieces may be production or operation-related. Whether or not repair is cost-effective depends on the geometry of the defective area, the tools...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

IHR
JOB & KARRIERE
SERVICE
im innovations-report
in Kooperation mit academics
Veranstaltungen

Aquakulturen und Fangquoten – was hilft gegen Überfischung?

16.01.2017 | Veranstaltungen

14. BF21-Jahrestagung „Mobilität & Kfz-Versicherung im Fokus“

12.01.2017 | Veranstaltungen

Leipziger Biogas-Fachgespräch lädt zum "Branchengespräch Biogas2020+" nach Nossen

11.01.2017 | Veranstaltungen

 
VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>
Aktuelle Beiträge

Proteinforschung: Der Computer als Mikroskop

16.01.2017 | Biowissenschaften Chemie

Vermeintlich junger Stern entpuppt sich als galaktischer Greis

16.01.2017 | Physik Astronomie

Erste "Rote Liste" gefährdeter Lebensräume in Europa

16.01.2017 | Ökologie Umwelt- Naturschutz