The collective term “Information and communications technology (ICT)” originated at the beginning of the 1980s when the digitisation of the public switched telephone network started. The field of information and communications technology is essential for the creation of new and top-quality jobs, of competitive industries and of efficient administrations.
The capital region Berlin-Brandenburg is making excellent progress in becoming an international top-location for innovations in the field of ICT, which, in turn, serve as a basis for digitisation. ICT products, but also new business models, services and innovation paths are the essential elements of this basis.
From a technological point of view, the field of ICT encompasses the innovation areas open IT (open data, open access, open standards), data management (smart data, big data, green data, geo data), Internet of Things and Services and cloud computing. Meanwhile user industries are asking for solutions in the fields of IT-supported automation and networking, mobility and communication, IT security and e-government.
When it comes to IT-related research, the region ranks among the best in the world, mainly thanks to such institutions as the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam, the seven Fraunhofer Institutes, the Ferdinand-Braun-Institute fuer Hoechstfrequenztechnik, the Zuse Institute Berlin as well as the institute Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics Leibniz in Frankfurt/Oder.