The IT sector with more than 100,000 employees in over 7,000 firms is the most important in the Metropolitan Region. Communication technology, software solutions focused on Open Source, automation, medicine and corporate applications are major sources of growth.
Nuremberg is one of Europe’s leading mobile radio locations. Network suppliers and operators and R&D specialists develop chips, software and hardware intelligence for mobile business.
Keyword Open Source: The Linux experts look to Novell’s SUSE Linux labs. Their developers are among the masterminds of the alternative operating system. Not without reason is Nuremberg already referred to as Europe’s Linux Valley. The Open Source Business Foundation, the European network of the Open Source sector, has its headquarters in Nuremberg.
Keyword embedded systems: Embedded systems are responsible for the operation of almost all technical equipment. Their networking is the pacemaker for many innovations. The Embedded Systems Institute networks the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg with activities in the industry.
In 2010 was the opening of the ESI Application Center in Nordostpark, a high-tech and research location in Nuremberg. The center is a cooperation between the Embedded Systems Institute (ESI) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS.
The application center has the purpose to take advantage of the beneficial environment for embedded systems existing in the region. Additionally, it aims at consolidating the cooperation between the university and the Fraunhofer Institute to promote the development of new and innovative products of industrial users.
Keyword best brains: In population terms, the most engineers in Germany work here. The region holds 3rd place in Europe for patent registrations in the IT sector. Think tanks like the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits find fertile ground here. This institute with 480 scientists is meanwhile not only the largest, but also the most successful Fraunhofer Institute in economic terms.
The Nuremberg Initiative for the Communications Industry (NIK) provides a communication and cooperation platform for companies. NIK initiates innovative projects, organizes information events on IT issues, and advises and supports information and communication technology companies.
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