Smart services forms part of the German Federal Government's Digital Agenda. The technology program of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is making an important contribution to the advancement of Industry 4.0 as a project for the future. Thanks to its innovative concept, USU has been selected as the lead manager and technology partner for various research projects, including the GEISER project that was launched in spring 2016.
Connected systems, like production machinery and cars, have a wide range of sensors that produce large volumes of data. As part of the GEISER project (From Sensor Data to Internet-based Geo Services), USU is developing a cloud-based platform to integrate and process this data and combine it with geodata for spatial positioning.
This will open up significant opportunities for mobility, production and other areas of application.
One such area realized in the research project relates to the dynamic deployment planning of service technicians. GEISER is combining intelligent sensors and data analysis with the service business. A data-driven service technician and spare parts logistics planning system is being used to reduce journey and waiting times, improve service deployment quality and minimize maintenance-related downtime for customers.
A further application is intelligent parking space searching in major cities – the dream of many drivers. GEISER is combining data on local car parking facilities with information on how many drivers frequent an area and how long they stay. The result: a parking space search service driven by geodata.
Alongside USU as the lead manager, the project participants include the University of Leipzig, the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS), metaphacts GmbH and the navigation system manufacturer TomTom.
Our research activities allow us to develop new, intelligent technology components to optimally support knowledge-intensive business processes. Projects in the area of industrial smart service are also of great strategic importance to us. New data- driven service products are the value drivers of the future – and USU is delivering the technical solutions.
Head of Research