Industrial Communication and IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) is penetrating more and more areas of application. For machines and plants, a particularly reliable and at the same time flexible networking is necessary. For this Industrial Internet of Things (IoT), the experts at Fraunhofer IOSB-INA are working together with industrial companies to develop easy-to-use, requirement-oriented and innovative communication solutions based on the latest international scientific findings and standards. 


Our range of services for automation technology manufacturers

For control and communication technology

Core benefits

  • Implementation of advanced technology in future-oriented automation technology 
  • Performance enhancement and optimization of embedded systems
  • Performance tests


  • Consulting on communication solutions and interface implementations
  • Architect design and specifications of communication systems and interfaces
  • Implementation in embedded systems (hardware, FPGA and software development)
  • Realization and extension of network management systems (configuration, diagnostics)
  • Testing of communication systems (real-time performance criteria, robustness, interoperability, standards compliance)


Our range of services for corporate production engineering

for machine and plant construction and current production

Core benefits

  • Increasing production efficiency through intelligent networking

Valuable information on wear, causes of faults and optimization potential of machines and plants is contained in process data. Today, this information is used for real-time control. There is often no possibility to store this data in the necessary quality (sampling rates, quantities) (historical data) or to analyze it with algorithms. For this new level of process data utilization, we develop customized IoT solutions for existing plants as well as for new machines.


  • Analysis of existing machines: control system and communication architecture
  • Consulting and design of IoT-based solution architects e.g. using OPC UA, Gateways, 4G, 5G, MQTT
  • Training your employees on new technologies

Fraunhofer IOSB-INA offers with its areas of expertise Intelligent SensorsystemsBig Data PlatformsCybersecurity und Machine learning technology modules matching this range of services:

  • mobile retrofit test kit for early measurement campaigns and entry into data-driven machine optimization for companies
  • secure IoT- and Big Data platforms and operating systems for the permanent introduction of data-based machine and plant operation
  • adapted analysis algorithms for machines and plants


IoT solutions for municipalities

  • IoT-Business model development
  • IoT-Architecture for municipal communication networks
  • Implementation of IoT pilot projects



  • Real-time-Ethernet, Middleware, Ethernet TSN, PROFINET, OPC UA, IEC/IEEE 60802 TSN-IA, IETF DetNet, IP-Routing, ASi-5
  • Communication interfaces (e.g. LoRa, 5G)
  • Software development and FPGA development for resource-constrained systems: embedded Operating systems, Small Scale Stacks, Robustness and Real-time capability
  • System management of large IoT networks using SDN architectures



  • System environments (devices, engineering): Ethernet TSN, OPC UA, SDN, PROFINET, ASi-5, PTP
  • TSN-Diagnostic Tool TSN-Testbox 3.0
  • FPGA-Tool Chain (ALTERA, XILINX)
  • Network analyzers and -generators Anritsu MD1230
  • IEEE Std 802.1AS-Testsystem Calnex Paragon-X
  • PROFINET-Certification test environment V2.4 (RT, IRT, TSN)
  • Ethernet TSN-Monitor- and Diagnostic system (In-house development)
  • Ethernet TSN-Simulation workstations OMNET++
  • 5G-Campus network in the SmartFactoryOWL and 5G license from 3700-3800 MHz

Further information

Research projects and references

TSN-Test laboratory

5G Application Center Lemgo

Smart Safety research area

IoT technologies and application development

5G Learning Locations OWL