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Fraunhofer Institute for Embedded Systems and Communication Technologies ESK

The scientists of the Munich based Fraunhofer ESK are experts for a wide range of information and communications technology (ICT) topics from transmission over protocols and systems to intelligent services.

Security, reliability and ease-of-installation are the key issues when using wireless technologies in industry

Press Release, Feb 25, 2015

For the second time, Fraunhofer ESK conducted a survey to determine the requirements for wireless technologies among German companies. Roughly 50 participants from various industries indicated that wireless utilization has gained importance since the initial survey was carried out in 2011. The major reasons are the desire for the mobility and flexibility that wireless brings to industrial processes. These findings confirm the relevance of wireless technologies for the development of flexible production environments as outlined in the Industry 4.0 concept. The survey also reveals a significant need for further development, particularly in the areas of system security and reliability and ease of installation.

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Whitepaper: Transitioning charging stations to smart grid nodes - a comparison of current communication standards

ESK researchers have published a white paper that summarizes and analyzes the key communication standards for electric vehicle charging systems. The study revealed that the most relevant standards for Europe are ISO/IEC 15118 for vehicle-to-charging station communication and IEC TR 61850-90-8 for the interface between the charging station and the smart grid. The white paper is available for download at

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