Digital Infrastructures for Logistics and Transportation

Infra360: Infrastructural Regional and Corporate Development Based on an Experience and Collaboration Platform

As an exporting and transit country, Germany is dependent on an efficient transportation infrastructure. Reliable transportation and supply chain routes are prerequisites for modern society and sustainable economic growth. The opportunities of digitalization are steadily gaining importance in this respect.

With this in mind, the objective of the Infra360 research project was to develop a platform that employs visualization techniques suitable for representing past, current and forecast transportation flows and their impacts. This targets businesses and citizens equally and provides them valuable assistance to organize the planning and communication of major industrial and infrastructural projects conjointly.

It focused on the planning of regional transportation infrastructures. New transportation plans and their impacts on the transportation zone and the surrounding area can be analyzed and assessed. Ultimately, the interactions between all the means of transportation (motorized vehicles, rail vehicles, non-motorized vehicles) can be analyzed.

Additional detailing of planning approaches, e.g. to identify optimal routes between businesses, their suppliers and ultimate customers and the impacts on the local infrastructure, delivers more information. Current issues, such as accessibility to customers, speed’s impact on noise and pollution, and a location’s connection to mass transit or alternative transportation plans, can be scrutinized. Intuitive control, interaction and analysis tools were designed for these novel planning, visualization and communication functions.

Project period: September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2019

Funding code: 1704/00095

Funded by the EU and the State of Saxony-Anhalt.


ANIKA: Upgrading Emergency Call Boxes for V2I Communication on the Autobahn

Options for upgrading the existing emergency call box infrastructure system on autobahns were researched in the ANIKA project collaboratively lead managed by the states of Saxony-Anhalt and Lower Saxony. The objective of the project was to use the existing infrastructure sustainably and intelligently to relay current traffic information directly to motorists in the area covered. The resultant options for communication between cars and infrastructure (car-to-infrastructure) will increase autobahn safety.

Project deliverables were the demonstration of the feasibility of upgrading emergency call boxes, the presentation of expedient fields of use, and the development of further fields of research.

Model ANIKA applications include wrong-way driver warning, broken-down vehicle warning, road construction and obstacle warning systems and other so-called day one use cases.


The interstate research and development project ANIKA was implemented in Lower Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt with the collaboration and involvement of local industry partners and research organizations. The Lower Saxony Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labor and Transportation funded the project in Lower Saxony by. The Ministry of Science and Economic Affairs, the Ministry of State Development and Transportation and the Investitionsbank Sachsen-Anhalt supported the specific work packages in Saxony-Anhalt. More information on the project’s detailed objectives and organization, findings and partners is available under the ANIKA project description on

Learn more in the project brochure.



The AUTOSEC project was intended to boost security in digitalized container terminal operation and to implement safeguards that prevent and detect cyberattacks. As a project partner, the Fraunhofer IFF developed and tested security measures and Industrie 4.0 solutions to develop capabilities to boost efficiency significantly through automation, connectivity and real objects’ communication with virtual value-added systems. The system’s stability and the operational and IT security are monitored and safeguarded from cyberattacks.

Project period: August 2017 to July 2020