Fraunhofer-Institut für Nachrichtentechnik Heinrich-Hertz-Institut: Excellence in research consolidates economic future

Innovations for tomorrow’s world in the fields of modern communication systems, digital media and service usage are the focus of research and development work at the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Insti­­tute HHI. As early as 1928, HHI’s develop­­ments and technologies influence a var­iaty of cen­­­­­­­tral technology fields. To­­day HHI is a Fraunhofer Institute, and re­­search is more closely geared than ever before to economic aspects. The excellence of re­­search undertaken by the Insti­­tute de­­vel­­ops not only a centrifugal force but a magnetic pow­er of attraction – and both are key fac­­tors for Berlin as a place for business. In the past few years no less than five new companies have been hived off from the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Insti­­tute which to­­day with a total work­­force of some 380 generate ag­­gre­­­­gate annual revenue of 45 million euros.

Even in the age of the Internet and glo­­ba­­li­­sation, prox­­imity to cutting-edge re­­­­­search remains a key factor in deciding companies where to locate. As in the case of Cogo Op­­tron­­ics GmbH, whose move to Berlin was largely influenced by the ben­­efits of close proximity to HHI af­­­ter they had ex­­amined nu­­merous other locations through­­out the world. With the new 3D Innovation Center and the Competence Center for Data and Services, both initiated by Fraunhofer HHI, new research and development platforms emerge.



  1. Address

    Einsteinufer 37
    D-10587 Berlin
    Telefon +49 (0) 30 31002-0
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  2. Employees

  3. Year of establishment

    1928 foundation of Heinrich-Hertz-Institut für Schwingungsforschung
    Member of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft since 2003

  4. Business activity:

    2D and 3D image signal processing,
    human-machine interfaces, photonic networks and systems, wireless communication and networks, photonic components, development services