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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Process Management IPK

prozessmanagement.ipk.fraunhofer.de

Location: Berlin

Institute: Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology

Domain: 
Production / Supply Chain

Mission statement: Development of methods, technologies and tools for the analysis and design of production processes.

Robotics Exploration Laboratory

dfki.de/living-labs/robotics-exploration-laboratory

Location: Bremen

Institute: German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

Domain: 
Various

Mission statement: Scientists develop here robot systems to be used for complex tasks on land, under water, in the air, and in space.

safety lab

fokus.fraunhofer.de/safety-lab

Location: Berlin

Institute: Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems

Domain: 
Various

Mission statement: The safety lab provides visitors with the unique opportunity to tackle realistic risk situations and to observe organizational processes being initiated when a crisis occurs. Every lab area reflects the ideas, interests and needs of different public safety stakeholders. 

ServLab – Innovationsraum für Dienstleistungsforschung

iao.fraunhofer.de/servlab

Location: Stuttgart

Institute: Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO

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

Mission statement: The ServLab offers solutions for various important objectives and tasks in the field of service, thereby facilitating an integrated analysis of people, technology and organization as well as the customer focus.

Showcase »Bank & Future«

bankundzukunft.de

Location: Stuttgart

Institute: Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO

Domain: 
FinTech / Retail

Mission statement: Optimized, innovative branch scenarios are being designed in the “Banks & Future” Innovation Forum, with the focus on changes in the way bank and customer interact.

Showcase »FutureHotel«

iao.fraunhofer.de/futurehotel

Location: Stuttgart

Institute: Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO

Domain: 
Smart City

Mission statement: FutureHotel project is dedicated to addressing central questions related to the hotel of the future. Together with partners from the hospitality sector, Fraunhofer IAO is researching key developments and their repercussions for the sector.

Showcase »Pflege 2020«

pflege2020.de

Location: Stuttgart

Institute: Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO

Domain: 
Health

Mission statement: The »Care 2020« showcase in the inHaus2 in Duisburg illustrates how technical assistance systems can help people remain independent in the latter years of life. Real-life application scenarios demonstrate how senior citizens can lead the kind of social life they want and remain safe, despite limitations imposed by their health.

Simulation and Factory Planning

ipa.fraunhofer.de/simulation-von-fertigungssystemen

Location: Berlin

Institute: Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology

Domain: 
Production / Supply Chain

Mission statement: With simulations, processes can be improved and problems can be identified at an early stage.

Smart Office Space Living Lab

livinglab-smartofficespace.com

Location: Kaiserslautern

Institute: German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

Domain: 
Energy

Mission statement: The Living Lab smart office space is an experimental space for innovations in the area of Personalized Environment and Ambient Intelligence. The research aims for new approaches to provide individual comfort for building occupants and smart solutions for the building envelope and lighting controls. In addition to comfort, there is a strong focus on energy efficiency.

SmartCity Living Lab

dfki.de/smartcity-living-lab

Location: Kaiserslautern

Institute: German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

Domain: 
Smart City

Mission statement: SmartCity Living Lab (SCLL) is developing and testing innovative information and communication technology for the cities of tomorrow. At our Kaiserslautern site, in cooperation with partner institutions, we are researching how modern technology can be deployed sensibly and systematically in cities so that it can contribute in different areas to sustainable urban development.