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Project Green-ISAS

Research on novel methods and technologies to enhance sensor-actuator systems to autonomous Industry 4.0 components

One key to unlock many Industry 4.0 applications is to be found in smart, autonomous sensor-actuator systems. In the Green-ISAS project, a range of broadly applicable solutions have been developed.

The basic modules have been yoked together to achieve highly efficient design, construction, testing and operation of new systems. To facilitate future development of useful application-specific technological solutions, Green-ISAS worked on design and test methods and the implementation of modular hardware and software components.

In new combinations, such systems with the characteristics of independent intelligence, networking capacity and energy autonomy have been set up and validated in two demonstrators.

Results obtained in Green-ISAS

  • Energy-efficient processing of time-coded sensor signals
  • Characterisation schemes for ULP (ultra-low-power) circuits
  • Ultra-low-power circuits for passive long-range UHF-RFID frontends
  • Design methodology for application-specific electromagnetic micro-energy harvesters
  • Adaptive energy management components for self-powered sensor-actuator systems
  • Concepts for communications conforming to Industry 4.0 in systems with very limited resources

An overview of all results and two specialist articles can be found in the 2018 Annual Report.

Acronym / Name:

Green-ISAS / Basic technologies for autonomous sensor-actuator systems for Industry 4.0

Duration:2016 – 2018


Environmental monitoring and smart city applications|Automation technology and Industry 4.0|Industry 4.0

Research field:Smart distributed measurement and test systems|Integrated sensor systems

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Dr. Katja Nicolai, IL Metronic

“From my point of view, the numerous outcomes, many of them already validated by demonstrators, speak for themselves. These wireless solutions with their energy self-sufficiency are blazing the trail for quick, cheap and easy retrofitting. I envisage their use not only in manufacturing processes but in other areas such as transport and logistics.”
All publications


TuZ 2019

Two presentations at the 31th GMM/GI/ITG Workshop on test methods and reliability of circuits


Science meets Industry

Silicon Saxony invites scientists and industry partners to the 2nd meeting "Science meets Industry".


PowerMEMS 2018

Micro and Nanotechnology for Power Generation and Energy Conversion Applications


FDL 2018

Forum on specification & Design Languages

Press release,

Technologiebaukasten auf dem Weg zu autonomen Industrie-4.0-konformen Sensor/Aktor-Systemen

Forschergruppe Green-ISAS stellt Industrievertretern Arbeitsstand zu I4.0-Grundlagentechnologien am IMMS vor



Dr.-Ing. Tino Hutschenreuther

Head of System Design

tino.hutschenreuther(at) (0) 3677 874 93 40

Dr. Tino Hutschenreuther will answer your questions on our research in Smart distributed measurement and test systems and the related core topics Analysis of distributed IoT systems, Embedded AI and Real-time data processing and communications, on the lead applications Adaptive edge AI systems for industrial application and IoT systems for cooperative environmental monitoring as well as on the range of services for the development of embedded systems.


Supported by the Free State of Thuringia and the European Social Fund under the reference 2016 FGR 0055.

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IoT systems for cooperative environmental monitoring

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Research field

Smart distributed measurement and test systems

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Core topic

ULP sensor systems

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