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Center Digitisation.Bavaria, ZD.B Zentrum Digitalisierung.Bayern, ZD.B

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Contact Data

Coordinator (Other)

Zentrum Digitalisierung.Bayern (ZD.B)

Coordinator website

Year Established



Lichtenbergstr. 8, 85748, Garching (Germany)


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Contact information

Dr. Christian Thiel
0049 89 2488071



In the name of the Bavarian government the Center Digitisation.Bavaria perfoms a bundling function for already existing activities in the areas of digitisation and develops them further in a sustainable manner. With its business office in Garching the Center Digitisation.Bavaria acts as a coordinator for numerous actions. They especially include

  • Thematic platforms: Networking between entrepreneurs and scientists concerning key themes of digitisation
  • Junior Research Group: Encouragement of scientific junior researchers in the thematic fields relevant for digitisation
  • Doctoral program: For networking and support of outstanding and promising university graduates in subjects relevant for digitisation
  • Innovation labs: Bringing together companies and students in order to work at innovative prototypes
  • Entrepreneurship: Supportive activities for establishing professional and entrepreneurial knowledge
  • Professorships: Strengthening of the outstanding science and research landscape in Bavaria in future fields of digitisation

Start-up support: The CD.B supports young entrepreneurs and tomorrow’s founders by offering targeted support for entrepreneurship and innovation labs.

Strengthening companies: Thematic platforms network entrepreneurs and scientists concerning key themes of digitisation

Expansion of research and teaching: New professorships and junior research groups make up future-oriented research and teaching regarding themes of digitisation

Das Zentrum Digitalisierung.Bayern (ZD.B) ist eine deutschlandweit einzigartige Forschungs-Kooperations- und Gründungsplattform, die als Impulsgeber in Zusammenarbeit mit Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft, Verbänden und öffentlichen Maßnahmen wirkt. Ziel ist es, die Forschungskompetenz Bayerns im Bereich der Digitalisierung weiter zu stärken und das Tempo digitaler Entwicklungen zu erhöhen. Im Fokus der Aktivitäten steht der Ausbau der Kooperationen zwischen Wirtschaft und Wissenschaft, die Intensivierung der Gründungsförderung und die Begleitung des gesellschaftlichen Dialogs zu Themen der Digitalisierung.

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

The main task of the ZD.B is to accompany the digitisation of all industries and citizen's life in Bavaria. It is funded within the respective government frameworks, Bayern Digital I“ and „Bayern Digital II“.


The activities of the hub are well aligned with the German national initiatives for digitising industry, Industry 4.0, Mittelstand 4.0 and Autonomik for Industrie 4.0.

Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Electricity, gas and water supply
  • Transport, storage and communication
  • Education
  • Health and social work
  • Manufacture of machinery and equipment
  • Manufacture of electrical and optical equipment
  • Other Manufacturing

TRL Focus

  • TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
  • TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
  • TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
  • TRL8 - Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Voice of the customer, product consortia

Service Examples

Project consortia for solution development

Rail companies struggle when unexpected incidents such as break downs of trains to organise rail replacement services that allow the customers to reach their destination with the shortest delay possible.

ZD.B connected different Bavarian players (Bayerische Oberlandbahn, Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics, and catenate) to form a consortium. Subsequently, the project applied for and received a ZD.B project grant.

In this ZD.B funded project, after a phase of extensive customer research realised by Fraunhofer, catenate is currently developing a prototype to be integrated and tested in the train control centre of the Bayerische Oberlandbahn.

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Product consortia and outreach

Technical solutions for Smart Cities require technologies from various domains to be combined. But, the (municipal) customer needs the solution to be offered by one partner.


The ZD.B thus is engaged as a partner in the ESCP SmartCityTech. The modus operandi of this consortium is to provide integrated solutions, and give visibility to the SmartCity specialised companies in the consortium regions, and on international markets.


As one result, the startup EmmasBox is now selling their neighborhood storage system to the City of Munich.

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Ecosystem Building

Energy companies and financial institutions are looking into incorporationg Distributed Ledger technologies (e.g. BlockChain) into their infrastructure. Alas, information on the technology or best practices are scarce.


To fill this need, ZD.B scouted Distributed Ledger companies, building knowledge and a community.


Capitalising on the community, in our Roadshow Blockchain event, technological foundations were presented, forerunner companies showcased their best practices, and DigitalLedger technologies had the possibility of contacting Venture Capitalists.

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The company ESG was looking for a partner to implement an IT security threat simulation training centre.


The match with the current partner was made at our TechDays event.


The Cyber Simulation Center is now operational.

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Organizational form

Governmental agency



Number of employees


Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope



  • Regional funding


State of Bavaria

Partner Type

Regional government


Clusters within the Cluster-Offensive Bayern

Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization


Bayern International

Partner Type

Economic development agency



Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization


Bayern Innovativ

Partner Type

Economic development agency


Technological competences

  • Micro and nano electronics, smart system integration
  • Sensors, actuators, MEMS, NEMS, RF
  • Broadband and other communication networks (e.g. 5G)
  • Cyber physical systems (e.g. embedded systems)
  • Robotics and autonomous systems
  • Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
  • Cyber security (including biometrics)
  • Advanced or High performance computing
  • Data mining, big data, database management
  • Augmented and virtual reality, visualization
  • Gamification
  • Cloud computing
  • Additive manufacturing (3D printing)
Last updated: 30/08/18 09:50