The FRAUNHOFER Society is one of the leading organisations of applied research and development in Europe. One of the main goals of the FRAUNHOFER Society is to link scientific work with industrial demands.

Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (Fraunhofer FOKUS), based in Berlin, Germany, develops solutions for the communication infrastructure of the future. The research institute explores how information and communication will contribute to a more secure and convenient living. Thus, the institute addresses important challenges in the society and the smart cities of the future, including access to information, economic and sustainable use of resources, smart mobility and a modern governmental administration. In its projects, Fraunhofer FOKUS establishes useful ties between industry, governmental administration, users and the people. The institute has a well-known reputation in national and international research programs as well as in standardisation bodies such as DIN, ISO, ETSI, or OMG. For companies and governmental administration, FOKUS is a competent companion in realizing IT projects. Independent from specific manufacturers, products and technologies, the institute provides a neutral platform. With more than 25 years of experience, FOKUS is one of the most important actors in the ICT research landscape both nationally and worldwide. Fraunhofer FOKUS exploits its experience and IPR gathered in publicly funded projects to conduct high quality, cutting-edge research and development for its clients. Besides that, knowledge is distributed and multiplied via lessons held by Fraunhofer FOKUS employees at several universities.