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5G Lab Germany Forschungsfeld Lausitz

The goal of 5G LAB GERMANY FORSCHUNGSFELD LAUSITZ project is to demonstrate connected driving using 5G communication technologies. Stationary sensors (cameras) are used to analyze the current traffic situation and, based on this, transmit information and commands to the vehicles to control their driving behavior. For safe connected driving, it is imperative that IT security is guaranteed at all times during the collection, transmission and processing of sensor data and control commands. The Barkhausen Institute is conducting the corresponding research within the project. Encryption and integrity protection during data transmission and trustworthy execution environments are applied. The latter enable trustworthy data processing even in non-trusted cloud environments.

In addition, privacy-friendly technologies for processing camera images are being developed. This is to exclude any violation of the privacy of (uninvolved) third parties such as pedestrians, cyclists and others. The plan is to process the images during capture so that only relevant information, such as the location of people or objects, is transmitted. Identifying data such as faces or gait will not be transmitted and will remain secret.

The 5G LAB GERMANY FORSCHUNGSFELD LAUSITZ project is part of the 5G innovation program and is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Digital and Transport.


project duration: 2021 - 2022

contact: Dr.-Ing.Stefan Köpsell

project partners: TU Dresden Vodafone Chair Mobile Communications Systems, Fraunhofer IVI, Meshmerize Gmb, Versorgungsbetriebe Hoyerswerda GmbH - VBH EnergieweltVodafone GmbH, Nokia Corporation, Smart Mobile Labs AG and in association with Stadt Hoyerswerda

Modular platform for secure real-time radio

Errors in hardware and software can result in serious security vulnerabilities in infrastructure-critical devices. Through such gaps, attackers can gain unauthorized access to sensitive data and even modify it or alter or destroy the function of the devices. Unfortunately, bugs in hardware and software cannot be eliminated, and the number of bugs increases with system complexity. By using a modular operating system with appropriate isolation between components, the attack surface can be significantly reduced. For this purpose the Barkhausen Institut researches together with our partner Genode Labs GmbH on the integration of a modular operating system (Genode OS Framework) and a software-defined radio (SDR) on embedded hardware.

The project is financed by the „Zentrales Innovationsprogramm Mittelstand“ of the BMWi.


Project duration: 2021 - 2022

Contact: Dipl.-Ing. Paul Kühne, Dr. Maximilian Matthé                  

Project partner: Genode Labs GmbH

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

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

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:

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)