IoT: Strategic partnership between Next Big Thing AG and Fraunhofer-Research in Berlin

Posted by Next Big Thing AG on July 2017

IOT COMPANY BUILDER, NEXT BIG THING AG AND THE BERLIN CENTER FOR DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION HAVE AGREED UPON A STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP TO PROMOTE TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS IN BERLIN. THE MAIN FOCUS IS THE EXCHANGE OF KNOWLEDGE AND TECHNOLOGY FOR DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION, ESPECIALLY FOR THE INTERNET OF THINGS AND SENSORY TECHNOLOGY.

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Next Big Thing AG builds startups and companies from ideation right through to prototyping and beyond successfully bringing IoT startups to market. This will be complemented by the partnership with the Berlin Center for Digital Transformation by sharing knowledge as well as concrete technologies. As an initial offering the Berlin Center will provide software building blocks for applications in the Internet of Things and standards-based prototypes for the Industry 4.0.

The CEO at Next Big Thing AG, Harald Zapp says, “The partnership is a real opportunity for us as individual organization but also for Germany as a whole. I firmly believe that the creativity of the technological innovation, that we promote at NBT, paired with the unique applied research at Fraunhofer, will create interesting future technologies. I expect that our work and the way we build products and services in the IoT will change globally. I look forward to present the first results of our cooperation.”

“Through the cooperation with NBT we are able to get closer to the energetic start-up scene in Berlin. We learn a lot about the requirements of the companies and their new business models and support them with our technologies and our research-know-how in the development of new products for the digital transformation. The partnership with NBT is very important to us” says Prof. Dr. Ing. Ina Schieferdecker, member of the board Berlin Center for Digital Transformation and director of the Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS.

The Berlin Center for Digital Transformation is a cooperation between the four Berlin Fraunhofer-Institutes FOKUS, HHI, IPK and IZM. The focus activities are technologies and solutions that take into account the increasing digitalization and networking of all spheres of life. Research is being conducted on basic technologies and interdisciplinary technologies, as well as solutions for four concrete application areas: healthcare, mobility and city of the future, industry and production and critical infrastructures. The center is funded by the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Senate Chancellery – Department for Research and Technology as well as from Regional Development Funds (EFRE).

Fraunhofer FOKUS
Fraunhofer FOKUS researches digital transformation and its impact on society, economics and technology. Since 1988 it supports commercial enterprises and public administration in the shaping and implementation of the digital transformation. For this purpose, Fraunhofer FOKUS offers research services ranging from requirements analysis to consulting, feasibility studies, technology development right up to prototypes and pilots in the business segments Digital Public Services, Future Applications and Media, Quality Engineering, Smart Mobility, Software-based Networks, Networked Security, Visual Computing und Analytics. With about 430 employees in Berlin and an annual budget of 30 million euros, Fraunhofer FOKUS is the largest ICT institute of the Fraunhofer Society. Around 70% of its budget is generated through projects from industry and the public domain.

Next Big Thing AG
Next Big Thing AG is a Berlin-based IoT company builder that offers a unique framework for the agile and effective acceleration of IoT ventures. Our goal is to promote digital transformation and IoT-driven innovation for startups and companies throughout Europe. We distill the most valuable ideas, nurture them, and then support them throughout the entire development process sharing both risks and successes, whilst providing access to a thriving ecosystem of investors, startups, corporate partners, hardware and software engineers and technology providers. Our decades of experience in IoT and high-tech company building has enabled us to successfully launch numerous unique IoT ventures across property, energy health and security sectors in strong collaboration with industry partners. The technological competencies of our startups are enabled by our own tech stack enabling technologies in blockchain and secure hardware.

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Press contacts:
Sami Sharaf || Next Big Thing AG
sami.sharaf@nbt.ag
Tel: +49 (0) 30 8321-7217
Tempelhofer Ufer 17
10963 Berlin
www.nextbigthing.ag

Natalie Nik-Nafs || Berlin Center for Digital Transformation
natalie.nik-nafs@fokus.fraunhofer.de
Tel: +49 (0) 30 3463-7210
Kaiserin-Augusta- Allee 31
10589 Berlin
www.digitale-vernetzung.org

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