Energy, health, and transportation – these are the three application-oriented research and development divisions that are now the OFFIS structure. Approx. 280 employees are currently working in numerous ongoing ICT projects. OFFIS also introduced six competence center that concentrate our technological knowledge across the three research and development divisions. The competence center serve as an incubator for new innovative developments in attractive application domains and secure our know-how head start.

Studies performed by the European Union forecast a growth in freight traffic by 70 percent until 2025. Another study conducted by Shell even predicts that the global amount of cars will be doubled by 2030. Both studies can be transferred to other means of transportation. The expected growth of the transport sector requires the optimum use of scarce and limited resources, such as the “traffic routes” (airspace, shipping routes, urban transport networks, highways…), taking into account global factors such as reduction of CO2 emissions, minimising energy consumption, noise reduction and improving safety. Future mobility concepts require the development of “system of system” (SoS) where heterogeneous classes of subsystems are linked to sector specific systems which then have to work together. Europe and especially Germany are leading in the development of complex systems, but how can Germany maintain its position as a technology leader and secure future economic growth? The innovations required to solve these issues are, to 80%, based on new information and communications technologies