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Corona Warning Buzzer

The BI has participates in the Saxon project "Corona-Warn-Buzzer". Like the "Corona Warning App" (CWA), the project aims to create a tool to trace and break corona virus infection chains. Since not everyone has a smart phone, the project will develop a "Corona-Warn-Buzzer" with the involvement of the Saxon data protection officer. The device works in principle like the official corona warning app and is compatible with it. The idea is that the device records its contacts in buildings or outdoors without determining the location of the contacts or even storing personal/personally identifiable data of the contacts. The system only stores which mobile phones or other warning buzzers have been in the vicinity for a certain time. Smartphones or other buzzers are detected via Bluetooth. The communication with the servers of the Corona Warning App, which is necessary for the system to function, is carried out via mobile communication (NB-IoT). In the event of contact with a Covid-19 patient, the user is alerted via LED, sound and vibration. The stored contacts are automatically deleted after 14 days. The aim is to push the to get the buzzer ready to go into series production and possibly to carry out a field trial in Augustusburg. 

In the project, the Barkhausen Institute is working on the topics of security, optimisation, CWA-compliant implementation of contact tracking, as well as compatibility with the Corona Warn App and the plausibility of distance measurements.

This measure is co-financed with tax funds based on the budget approved by the Saxon state parliament.

Project duration: 2020-2021

Contact: Dr. Maximilian Matthé, ; Dr.-Ing. Stefan Köpsell,

Project Partners: Digades GmbH (Zittau), FEP Fahrzeugelektrik Pirna GmbH & Co. KG, Exelonix GmbH (Dresden)


Starting in October 2020, an international group of researchers will investigate how the Internet of Things can make supply chains more efficient and secure. The Barkhausen Institute is playing a key role in the iNGENIOUS project.

Today, the manufacturing and delivery of all kinds of products often requires huge, highly interconnected supply chains. The more complex a product is, the larger is the supply chain behind it. The Corona crisis has shown how vulnerable these supply chains can be.

The next generation of the Internet of Things can make the management of complex supply processes more predictable and less prone to error in the future. The EU-funded project iNGENIOUS (Next-GENERATION IoT sOlutions for the Universal Supply Chain) was set up to drive this development forward. In this multinational project with 21 partners from industry and research, the Barkhausen Institute will take over the technical coordination from October 2020.

The aim of the project is to use innovative technologies to propose both technical and business solutions in order to ultimately build a complete platform for supply chain management. Many companies have already recognized in recent years the opportunities offered by the Internet of Things. They are now moving towards the complete digitalization of their supply chains. To enable these companies to make their production and transport routes more efficient and secure in the future, they will use highly developed technologies. The technology research of the individual partners is focused on 6 application cases. For example, satellite connections and the modern, high-performance 5G communications standard make global supply chains verifiable. New mechanisms of artificial intelligence also enable more precise predictions for process automation and plant management than conventional systems.

The iNGENIOUS project consists of 21 partners spread over 8 countries, including three telecommunications operators and manufacturers, two network operators, four logistics partners, two universities, three research institutes and seven high-tech SMEs. In iNGENIOUS, the Barkhausen Institute takes on the role of technical manager, responsible for the technical coordination of the work packages during the implementation of the project. In addition, the Barkhausen Institute brings its M3 operating system platform, based on a tile-based hardware architecture, to the project, which focuses from the beginning on security by design and isolation. Via the M3 platform and together with 5G networks, neuromorphic sensors in logistics vehicles are to be connected safely and energy-efficiently to a central early warning system, so that defects in vehicles can be detected and eliminated at an early stage.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement N° 957216.

Project duration: 2020-2023

Contact: Dr. Tim Hentschel,, Dr. Carsten Weinhold

Cooperation partners:  Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), Ericsson Telecomunicazioni S.p.A. (TEI), Nokia Spain S.A. (NOK), SES Techcom S.A. (SES), Telefónica Investigación y Desarrollo S.A. (TID), Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), Sequans Communications S.A. (SEQ), Nextworks (NXW), Cumucore OY (CMC), AWAKE.AI Oy (AWA), NeuroDigital Technologies (NED), NeuroControls GmbH (NCG), ASTI Mobile Robotics S.A.U. (ASTI), Polsko-Japońska Akademia Technik Komputerowych (PJATK), Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni (CNIT), ValenciaPort Foundation (FV), 5G Communications for Future Industry Verticals, S.L. (5CMM), Autorità di Sistema Portuale del Mar Tirreno Settentrionale (AdSPMTS), ST Engineering iDirect (Ireland) Limited (iDR), COSCO SHIPPING Lines (Spain) S.A. (COSSP)

COREnect project

BI participates in the Coordination and Support Action project "COREnect" since July 2020

The aim of the "COREnect" (European Core Technologies for future connectivity systems and components) project is to provide the foundations for a sustainable European technology sovereignty in 5G and beyond. European industry and R&D leaders from both the microelectronics and telecommunications sectors will jointly develop a high-level strategic roadmap of core technologies for future connectivity systems and components, targeting the next generation telecommunications networks and services.

The strategic roadmap will cover the full 5G value chain including materials, components, subsystem integration, connectivity platforms and will address vertical industry sectors in areas such as health, energy, manufacturing, automotive and smart cities, among others.

Over the next ten years, 5G and then 6G are expected to connect billions of devices, digitise industries, and bring social and economic advances in many vertical sectors. Developing the necessary core technologies is crucial for Europe to decrease its dependence on non-European technologies.

By bringing together the microelectronics industry (electronic chip makers) and the telecommunications industry, COREnect will support the necessary coordinated and concrete actions to be taken in Europe.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 956830

Project duration: 2020-2022

Contact: Dr. Tim Hentschel,

Cooperation partners:  Technische Universität Dresden, The 5G Infrastructure Association, AENEAS Robert Bosch GmbH, Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA), Ericsson AB, Infineon Technologies AG, III-V lab, Australo Interinnov Marketing Lab SL, Interuniversitair Micro-Electronica Centrum (IMEC), NXP Semiconductors Netherlands B.V., STmicroelectronics SA

IntelliLung project

The new project Intelligent lung support system for acute respiratory failure (IntelliLung) was started in the BI Connected Robotics Lab

Intensive care patients with acute respiratory failure usually need support of lung function, which is accomplished with mechanical ventilation and, in most severe cases, extracorporeal gas-exchange. Although mechanical ventilation is a life-saving therapy, it has the potential to worsen lung injury and impair the haemodynamics. Currently, there are different strategies to protect the lungs from injury by the ventilator. Yet, settings may differ substantially regarding to the mechanical energy transferred to lungs, and its distribution across the parenchyma. Variables at the ventilator and extracorporeal lung support device can be set automatically using optimization functions and clinical recommendations, but the handling of experts may still deviate from those settings depending upon clinical characteristics of individual patients. Artificial intelligence can be used to learn from those deviations as well as the patient’s condition in an attempt to improve the combination of settings and accomplish lung support with reduced risk of damage. The project IntelliLung aims at developing a hybrid mechanical ventilator/extracorporeal lung support device, where elements communicate wireless, using artificial intelligence-based algorithms to improve the care of invasively mechanically ventilated patients with acute respiratory failure.   

The Barkhausen Institut works on the subproject to wirelessly connect involved devices in a simple, secure and reliable manner.

This measure is co-financed with funds from Else Kröner-Fresenius Center for Digital Health (EKFZ).

Project duration: 2020-2022

Contact: Dr. Maximilian Matthé,

Project Partners: University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus in Dresden, Technische Universität Dresden

MetaBoost project

The new project Metamaterial-Boosted Antenna Systems for Beam Steering in IoT-Applications (MetaBoost) was started in the BI research group RF Design Enablement.

The antenna is a key element in any radio communication system, both in the receiver and the transmitter. To realize future applications in the Internet of Things with high data rates, significantly higher operating frequencies are required. These higher frequencies not only allow higher data rates,  they also reduce the size of the antenna. However, the propagation losses of such antennas are a disadvantage. They can be eliminated by various techniques such as the combination of beam forming and beam steering. Therefore, the goal of the MetaBoost project is to develop a beam steering antenna system which is characterized by a reduced antenna size. Furthermore, it will significantly reduce the energy consumption of applications in the field of the Internet of Things. For the realization  the combination of different lens concepts and artificially produced materials - so called metamaterials - will be analyzed and applied. High-resolution 3D printing processes are also used to create the system. The results of MetaBoost contribute to the development of new wireless connectivity solutions that will significantly advance the development of the Internet of Things.

This measure is co-financed with tax funds based on the budget approved by the Saxon state parliament. 

Project duration: 2020-2022

Contact: Dr. Padmanava Sen, Head of the RF Design Enablement Group, E-Mail: