The overview below is a list of German-based living labs that act as controlled testing environments of innovative technologies. The labs are equipped with appropriate infrastructure and simulate real-world-like scenarios to test the usability and effectiveness of new products before being deployed on the market.

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Embedded Software Lab

esk.fraunhofer.de/embedded_software

Location: Munich

Institute: Fraunhofer Institute for Embedded Systems and Communication Technologies ESK

Domain: 
Mobility

Mission statement: The Fraunhofer ESK Embedded Software Lab Lab offers manufacturers and suppliers a comprehensive platform and set of tools to support design and development projects. Researchers utilize the lab to examine new underlying technologies for applications such as automotive networks, wireless-based networking of vehicles (Car2X), real-time operating systems, infotainment systems and virtualization platforms. 

Fraunhofer Blockchain Laboratory

fit.fraunhofer.de/blockchain

Location: St. Augustin

Institute: Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT

Domain: 
Professional Services (Finance, Legal, Business Intelligence)

Mission statement: Fraunhofer’s Blockchain Lab is a multi-disciplinary unit that designs, develops and evaluates blockchain applications. We transfer the latest R&D results in this young field into practical, integrative applications, putting special emphasis on short development cycles.

Future Work Lab

futureworklab.de

Location: Stuttgart

Institute: Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO

Domain: 
Production / Supply Chain

Mission statement: A vibrant innovation center, the Future Work Lab allows visitors to experience the future of manufacturing today. In it, companies, associations, people who work in industry and trade unions can find out all about labor concepts for the digitalized world. The Future Work Lab brings Industry 4.0 applications, training programs and information about the current status of labor research together under one roof, enabling companies and employees to develop in ways that are in line with how the labor market will progress.

FZI Living Lab Automotive

fzi.de/fzi-living-lab-automotive

Location: Karlsruhe

Institute: FZI Research Center for Information Technology

Domain: 
Mobility

Mission statement: In collaboration with our partners, we develop, research and evaluate components for vehicles of future generations in the FZI Living Lab Automotive. The car of the future will analyse and interpret the driver’s intentions and the vehicle’s surroundings and will plan or automatically execute targeted actions in order to support the driver.

FZI Living Lab Service Robotics

fzi.de/fzi-living-lab-service-robotics

Location: Karlsruhe

Institute: FZI Research Center for Information Technology

Domain: 
Production / Supply Chain

Mission statement: In the FZI Living Lab Service Robotics, new robotic basic technologies for environmental sensing, robot control, grip planning and human-robot interaction are developed that are used later in various FZI-wide user scenarios. The service robots support and relieve humans not only in routine tasks but they can also do strenuous or dangerous work.

FZI Living Lab smartAutomation

fzi.de/fzi-living-lab-smartautomation

Location: Karlsruhe

Institute: FZI Research Center for Information Technology

Domain: 
Production / Supply Chain

Mission statement: We research and develop intelligent, high performance automation systems for industrial applications. The laboratory is an ideal platform for interdisciplinary collaboration on the development of new tools, applications and technologies for automation and production. In addition to that, the laboratory is an accredited Competence Center and Test Laboratory for the standardised communication technology PROFIBUS.

FZI Living Lab smartEnergy

fzi.de/fzi-living-lab-smartenergy

Location: Karlsruhe

Institute: FZI Research Center for Information Technology

Domain: 
Energy

Mission statement: The FZI Living Lab smartEnergy is an interdisciplinary research environment for the investigation of solutions for the energy system of the future. The entire FZI House of Living Labs was equipped with modern technology for the decentralised energy generation, storage and flexible consumption of electrical and thermal energy. This allows testing, evaluating and demonstrating the developed concepts and energy management systems in practice.

FZI Living Lab smartHome / Ambient Assisted Living (AAL)

https://www.fzi.de/en/research/fzi-house-of-living-labs/

Location: Karlsruhe

Institute: FZI Research Center for Information Technology

Domain: 
Health
,
 Smart City

Mission statement: The FZI Living Lab smartHome/AAL is a research infrastructure. The lab, a two-room apartment, is equipped with numerous sensors, actuators, gateways as well as household appliances of different manufacturers. The lab serves as an environment for the development and the evaluation of technologies and application scenarios for more comfort and safety in the home environment.

FZI Living Lab smartMobility 

fzi.de/fzi-living-lab-smartmobility

Location: Karlsruhe

Institute: FZI Research Center for Information Technology

Domain: 
Mobility

Mission statement: At the FZI Living Lab smartMobility, we research new forms of mobility. Future mobility will be more interconnected and intermodal. New concepts and forms of mobility for people, vehicles and transport systems are supposed to make the transportation of people and goods more economic and environmentally compatible and to establish a smart connection between the capacities and all transport modes.

FZI Living Lab smartSecurity

fzi.de/fzi-living-lab-smartsecurity

Location: Karlsruhe

Institute: FZI Research Center for Information Technology

Domain: 
Various

Mission statement: In the FZI Living Lab smartSecurity, we do participatory research for small and medium-sized enterprises on ICT security solutions of the future.