Overview

At a glance

 

The Business Unit TIP pools the TASP Department’s activities for the public sector, non-military clients. The customers are the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), and other national and international organizations and players. The work is clustered around innovation planning for the field of Civil Security, but new areas of expertise are currently being developed

 

Our Services

 

Why the need for Technology and Innovation Planning in Civil Security?

Because of the high degree of regulation, security and the market for its technical and conceptual solutions is very different from other markets. This is also true for the requirement structure.

Potentially, security players have to deal with an unlimited number of threat scenarios and, where possible, prevent them. This makes it extremely difficult to formulate exact demands on the solution provider, while at the same time ensuring the best possible but cost-effective support for operational activities. For public sector players, this is especially important. The situation causes problems for both provider and customer. While the former has little or no exact information on what the security players actually need, the latter has no reliable information on the potential added value of a - very often - expensive solution. Both problems become further complicated with regard to procurement at European level, where – also for reasons of cost – the common requirements of several Member States need formulating and joint procurement structures have to be created.

 

Why cooperate with us?

Is your organization entrusted with security tasks (ministries, public offices and institutions with public safety responsibilities, public operators of critical infrastructure, etc.)? Are you focusing on research projects that look for better ways to develop or procure the right solutions for these tasks, with the aim of implementing them in the best possible way?

  • We analyse your current and future needs for innovative solutions.

  • We focus on state of the art research and what the market offers, and analyze possible solutions that meet your security requirements and present your organization with a tailor-made overview.

  • Based on your requirements, we develop roadmaps and action plans that point step-by-step to the exploration, development and procurement of appropriate solutions.

  • We determine the operational value of different solutions in the widest variety of application scenarios, and enable cost-effective development and procurement.

  • We do not just consider the technological dimension, but also advise you on the (societal) acceptability and with regard to further political and social questions of an envisaged solution (human-technology interaction, liberties, right to privacy, etc.).

  • We advise you on any further research necessary for specific technologies and concepts and translate this in turn into concepts for research projects or pre-commercial procurement.

  • We advise you on the effective implementation of new solutions in your organization and make sure that the corresponding increase in value is visible.

  • We also support you in setting up mechanism in your organisation for continuous innovation management and capability development.

Approach & Methods

 

For more than 40 years, Fraunhofer INT has advised the Federal German Ministry of Defense in the strategic research planning. Over the last decade, our institute has also expanded the expertise into the civil sector, primarily under the responsibility of the Business Unit TIP. Among our methods:

  • Identifying and analysing research requirements of public organisations (e.g. in FIRE-IN, ACRIMAS)

  • Identifying and evaluating research topics as well as of relevant studies, programs and strategies in security (e.g. in ACRIMAS, CARONTE)

  • Identifying and generating summaries of relevant players and influences (e.g. in SmartResilience, SONNETS)

  • Bibliometric and statistical analyses (e.g. in SONNETS)

  • Generating contributions on the development and analysis of future scenarios (e.g. in ETTIS, Horizonte erweitern)

  • Roadmapping action options and elaborating action recommendations (e.g. in FIRE-IN, CARONTE, SONNETS)

  • Developing indicators to evaluate the performance of security solutions or security concepts (e.g. in SmartResilience)

  • Content-related strategic planning and design of research projects (e.g. in ACRIMAS, EvoCS)

  • Strategic support of clients in research projects (e.g. in FIRE-IN)

  • Conducting and evaluating interviews and surveys (e.g. in ResiStand, D-Box, ETTIS)

  • Using workshop methods, e.g. for consulting various stakeholders and interest groups (scenario techniques, participatory methods etc.) (e.g. in SONNETS, CARONTE, SOURCE, Horizonte erweitern)

  • Tools for the customized implementation of innovative solutions for organizations with a security mandate (e.g. in InnoSec)

 

The Business Unit TIP thereby not only functions as an interface between European institutions and national ministries/governmental organisations, but also between supplier and demand side.

Another of the TIP Unit’s special features is its excellent networking within the security research community, both in the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft as well as in Germany and Europe, which also makes specific external expertise available for clients whenever required. We engage with and provide advice to various security research bodies, nationally and at European level (for example, within the European Commission). With comprehensive evaluation of the information thus accessed, we ensure that our consulting in strategic Technology and Innovation Planning is always state of the art.

 

International Networking and Bodies

 

EU-Commission

Member of the Security Advisory Group FP7/ H2020 (since 2009)

Member of the Horizon 2020 Advisory Group on Gender (2014-2015)

Member of the Horizon 2020 Advisory Group on International Cooperation (since 2014)

Member of the Advisory Group on Societal Security FP7 (2010-2012)

Seconded National Expert at DG ENTR G4 Security R&D 2012/13

 

EU Parliament

Framework contract to provide scientific and technical expertise in "Security and Safety Technologies" (> STOA)

 

EARTO SRG

Member and Deputy Head of the EARTO Security Research Group (SRG) for R&D in the field of Security and on behalf of the Fraunhofer Group for Defense and Security VVS (since 2015, before 2015: in the predecessor group Eurotech)

 

International Conferences

Organisation of the European Defence Conference 2011  

Organisation of the 8th Future Security Conference 2013 of the Fraunhofer Group for Defense and Security VVS

Organisation and conceptualisation of regional innovation workshops for public stakeholders – e.g. Innovation for Crisis Management (I4CM) in Berlin 2015