Microelectronics continues to be the driver of innovation and productivity; however, fewer and fewer microelectronics products are manufactured in Europe. To counter this trend and to ensure market success in the future, innovative technologies have to be developed in Europe. This includes Tactile Intelligent Systems (TIS), for which embedded systems are of vital importance. They perform many different tasks related to monitoring, control and data processing in areas such as industrial automation, medical technology and transport. This market segment, which is traditionally strong in Europe, is increasingly being confronted with the challenge of integration with the internet.
The SATURN project focuses on the development of new and innovative sensor nodes, which are wirelessly connected with each other through real-time connectivity technologies. This opens up completely new areas of application. This allows embedded systems to be networked with each other and with the Cloud. As part of the project, a genuine tactile sensor will be built as a demonstrator model, a new type of 2D/3D scanner that represents a miniature version of the Tactile Internet and that will be explored. One of the key challenges will be the transmission of data supplied by the sensors. Wireless communication with minimal latency periods (1ms) plays a critical role here.
As part of the SATURN project, the Fraunhofer IIS/EAS will develop system models and simulations in order to safely develop the sensor systems. The researchers are also instrumental in the implementation of real-time connectivity and security. A crucial role is played here by the development of a coexistence module, which can be used to reliably analyze various wireless technologies within an environment. This module will be part of the planned connectivity demonstrator.
Project status: completed