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Innovations for the digital future

Innovations for the digital society of the future are the focus of research and development work at the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute, HHI. In this area, Fraunhofer HHI is a world leader in the development for mobile and optical communication networks and systems as well as processing and coding of video signals.

Together with international partners from research and industry, Fraunhofer HHI works in the whole spectrum of digital infrastructure – from fundamental research to the development of prototypes and solutions. The institute participates in the standardization of information and communication technologies and creates new applications together with industrial partners.

One focus is optical wireless communication. It enables high-speed short-range links, especially in environments where particular demands are made in terms of electromagnetic compatibility and security.

The Fraunhofer HHI focuses on 10 to 100 Gbit transmission in the field of high-performance telecom components. In the area of mobile broadband systems, the Fraunhofer HHI concentrates its development activities on signal processing, wireless link and system optimization.

The Fraunhofer HHI’s developments of fiber optic measuring systems enable new and innovative laser und sensor concepts. They play an important role in the optimisation of energy efficiency and are a key factor for new and future-oriented markets.

Main research topics are additionally in the area of video- and audio-coding and transmission. The Fraunhofer HHI makes a significant contribution in the fields of greater efficiency in compression methods, autostereoscopic 3D displays and in the integration of real and virtual worlds for immersive multimedia applications.


History of the Heinrich Hertz Institute

Learn about the history of the Institute, founded in 1928.

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Organisational Chart

Find out how Fraunhofer HHI is structured.

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Quality Management

The research, development and production processes of Fraunhofer HHI are certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2008.

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Board of Trustees

The work of the Fraunhofer HHI is accompanied by its board of trustees.

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Our memberships


The society of friends of the Heinrich Hertz Institute

The society of friends of the Heinrich Hertz Institute supports the institute in its research and development work.

The association of former employees is working as a link between the institute and the public and maintains the cooperation between the Fraunhofer HHI and its friends, supporters and other organizations.

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