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Coordinator (SME)

Smart Systems Hub GmbH

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Year Established



Am Postplatz 1, 01067, Dresden (Germany)


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Contact information

Frank Bösenberg
+49 351 48 18 88 97

Contact information

Michael Kaiser
+49 351 48188897



More than any other technological development before it, digital technology is shaping and transforming our society, economy and industry. For many companies, digitising their businesses has therefore become a number one priority. With Dresden combining strong research with an even stronger industry landscape, the hub offers a perfect combination of knowledge and skills. The Dresden Hub is pursuing a smart systems strategy, aiming at ‘enabling IoT’, and focusing on combining hardware, software and connectivity as the bases for our digital future. It will provide end-to-end IoT solutions which can be developed quickly and deployed by a wide range of different users. The Dresden hub is working with a number of skilled partners from academia and the industrial sector, innovative IT companies, creative start-ups and established networks. Based at the heart of the city, the hub offers a dynamic digital ecosystem. Whether it is micro-electronics and sensor technology – all areas in which Dresden has been able to leverage considerable investment, synergies and expertise – the fast-growing software sector, big data, high-performance computing or high-speed mobile phone connections, Dresden has the skills needed to supply all business sectors with the smart equipment they need in the digital age and the Internet of Things. There are ‘trails’ that help interested parties obtain an overview of the wide variety of products and services provided by all the stakeholders involved and that provide information on the hub’s academic partners including TU Chemnitz, TU Dresden, HTW Dresden, the ENAS, IPMS and IWU Fraunhofer institutes, as well as the hub’s business partners including Infineon, Globalfoundries, SAP, T-Systems MMS, iSAX, N+P und many others.

Das Dresdner Konzept Smart Systems – Enabling IoT setzt auf die Integration von Hardware, Software und Connectivity als Fundament unserer digitalen Zukunft. Hier liegt der wesentliche Erfolgsfaktor der digitalen Transformation von Unternehmen jeder Größe und Branche: in der intelligenten fachlichen und technischen Integration der Nutzer, der unterschiedlichsten Geräte und der Geschäftsprozesse auf Basis einer einfach anwendbaren, standardisierten, sicheren, global verfügbaren und skalierbaren Softwareplattform.

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

The Smart Systems Hub Dresden was selected together with the Smart Infrastructure Hub Leipzig as 1 out of 12 national German Hubs within the so called DE:Hub Initiative. (

The hub  also directly contributes to the implementation of the innovation strategy of the Free State of Saxony, addressing RIS3 priorities ICT and digital communication as well as Microelectronics including organic and polymer electronics.

Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Construction
  • Public administration and defence
  • Manufacture of machinery and equipment
  • Manufacture of electrical and optical equipment
  • Other Manufacturing

TRL Focus

  • TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
  • 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
  • TRL9 - Actual system proven through successful mission operations

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services

Service Examples

Prototype development + testing facilities of digital technologies

The Smart Systems Hub offers access o high-end equipment in the field of microelectronic production as well as to equipment with regard to industrial digitization (industry 4.0.).

The objective of this service is to support quick prototyping as well as tests in close-to-real environments.

One example is the Industrial Internet of Things Testbed which can be visited virtually here:

The local company ZIGPOS, to give just one example, uses this environment to test and demonstrate their real-time-indoor location systems.

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Soft Landing for foreign SMEs/Start-ups

Foreign SMEs and Start-ups that want to make use of the rich ecosystem by opening a branch office to simply extent their cooperation get special support (soft landing) e.g. with regard to connecting them to relevant players of the ecosystems up to practical support with paperwork.

Digital Transformation competence marketing/customer acquisition by TRAILS

The TRAIL concept was established to showcase competences of the regional innovation ecosystem to potential users and people interested in solutions supporting digital transformation from within the region but also beyond, i.e. on a national, European and international scale. In total there are more than 20 trails, covering topics such as smart maintenance, design thinking or Medical IoT. All trails can be found here: The hub works as a single point of contact, taking and precisioning first inquiries, thereby directly supporting the trail owners which to a great extent are SMEs.

Client profile, needs and provided solution: Goldbeck (, a larger German construction company that also has several branch offices in Saxony, was looking for new solutions with regard to BIM (building information management) and facility management. They found the Smart Building Trail on the Hub Website ( and launched their expression of interest via this channel. The Hub connected both parties which have started a respective collaboration. 

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Joint booth/presence at major events

On large events such as the Hannover Fair, the Hub takes the lead in setting up booth space in order to allow mostly relevant start-ups to present themselves to a larger audience with a minimum of preparation effort, thereby helping to promote start-up growth as well as international connections.

Client profile, needs and provided solution: Wandelbots, one of the first start-ups that came out of the Hub, was looking for opportunities to market themselves to an international audience. They were sent to SXSW, one of the greatest tech conferences world-wide to Austin, Texas, to present themselves in the German House. The Hub supported in identifying and organising this opportunity.

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Regional networking by MeetUps

On a regular basis, MeetUps are being organized, mostly on the premises of the Hub, to connect local and regional stakeholders. Topics convered are closely related to the TRAILS (see service example 1).

Client profile, needs and provided solution: AMAC ASIC- und Mikrosensoranwendung Chemnitz GmbH, a Saxon SME, was looking for a cheap(er) way to produce microelectronic products, also using high-end technologies. During the meet-up with regard to USEP (universal sensor platform), a project  by Globalfoundries and Fraunhofer to democratise high-end technologies, they were brought in direct contact with the right people of both organisations with regard to their request.

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Organizational form

Joint venture



Number of employees


Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope



  • Regional funding
  • Private funding
  • Partner resources



Silicon Saxony Management GmbH

Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization


5G Lab GmbH

Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization



Partner Type



Infineon Technologies Dresden GmbH & Co. KG

Partner Type

Large enterprise


T-Systems Multimedia Solutions GmbH

Partner Type

Large enterprise



Partner Type

Large enterprise


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)
  • Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems
  • Location based technologies (e.g. GPS, GIS, in-house localization)
  • Interaction technologies (e.g. human-machine Interaction, motion recognition and language technologies)
  • Advanced or High performance computing
  • Data mining, big data, database management
  • Augmented and virtual reality, visualization
  • Software as a service and service architectures
  • Cloud computing
Last updated: 17/12/18 13:01