IRL Magdeburg

The IRL Magdeburg is located at the Institute for Automation and Communication, ifak, which was founded in 1991 as an institute for applied research in the context of automation. Wireless communication in automation is a key research topic since 1999.

Research results are directly applied in the development and standardization of wireless systems (e.g. 5G) by participating in national and international research projects as well as carrying out industrial projects.

The ifak is contributing to IEC, ETSI as well as ECC and holds leading positions in relevant groups for industrial wireless communications. This includes the working group “validation and tests” of the 5G Alliance for connected industry and automation (5G-ACIA) and the “Fachausschuss FA 5.21 Funkgestützte Kommunikation” (professional group for wireless communication) of “VDI/VDE Gesellschaft für Mess- und Automatisierungstechnik” (society for measuring and automation within the association of German engineers).

Research Topics

The IRL Magdeburg focuses its research and development on industrial radio solutions for flexible production plants as well as water management plants with the main focus on:

  • Requirement analysis of wireless communication technologies for industrial applications
  • Evaluation of communication concepts
  • Tests and evaluation of novel technological approaches
  • Validation during development
  • Research and development of automated management for industrial networks
  • Scientific support for standardization projects


The IRL Dresden studies the following topics in particular:
  • Resilient industrial campus networks
  • Real time spectrum sensing & interference monitoring
  • Jamming detection & mitigation
  • Communication control co-design
  • Industrial radio interface design for URLLC
  • IoT cross-layer design
  • Tactile Internet applications and technologies
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The IRL Bremen covers the aspects:
  • Interconnection of satellite and terrestrial communications systems
  • Artificial intelligence in communications systems
  • Co-design of communication and control
  • Spectrum monitoring mechanisms
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At the IRL Kaiserslautern, the focus lies on:
  • Resilient systems
  • Coexistence management
  • IT and network security
  • Verification and certification
  • Dependability
  • 5G campus networks
  • Industrial radio intelligence
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The following topics are investigated at the IRL Magdeburg:
  • Applications and requirements of water management
  • Wireless solutions for the water industry
  • Protection against active environmental influences
  • Specifications of interference profiles
  • Measures for improving robustness
  • Coexistence management
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