Fraunhofer-Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation (Fraunhofer IOSB)

Contact person

Fraunhoferstr. 1
76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
Dr. Thomas Usländer, thomas.uslaender(at)


The Fraunhofer IOSB has 440 permanent employees and annual operational costs of about 41 million € (2014). IOSB develops innovative concepts and application solutions in information technology. It provides sustainable solutions of advanced control and information management, monitoring and diagnosis systems mainly for industrial partners including SMEs as well as for public bodies such as environmental agencies. IOSB has over 25 years of experience in the analysis, design, implementation, integration and optimization of complex control and information management systems for distributed applications (e.g. Internet of Things and Services, Industry 4.0) using modern model and knowledge based methods. Advanced information fusion techniques are used in environmental monitoring and risk management applications.


Key Business / Risk Area

Business Areas:



Health and Food Chain

Infrastructure & Construction


Social science & humanities



Industrial Technologies





Risk Areas:

Risk Governance

Industrial Risk

Environmental Risks

Occupational Risks

Financial Risks

Social/Societal Risks

Health Risks

Asset Integrity Risks (RBI etc.)

Life Cycle Analysis

Standards and Regulations

Other: Systemic risks


Main Products / Services

ProVis - Production Control System
WebGenesis - Knowledge and Information Management Framework
SERVUS – Method and tool for service-oriented analysis and design
open geospatial service-oriented architectures
OpenIoT – open source platform for the Internet of Things
Fusion4Decision – service pattern for data acquisition, data processing up to decision support based upon open geospatial service standards (OGC)
Semantic Registry – sensor registry with semantic query interface and stream data processing
Industry 4.0 consulting, architecture and component engineering

Key Projects
(running or just finished)

Why we joined EU-VRi?

Fraunhofer IOSB joined EU-VRi in 2011 as it comprises an excellent inter-disciplinary cooperation network on risk management. The possibility to discuss risk management problems with industry, academia and public agencies from all over Europe and to propose and carry out joint research and development projects is a great opportunity and possibly the only chance to make significant steps forward in risk management.