Starting signal for QUANTIFISENS – The next innovative leap from Thuringia

After suc­cessful appli­ca­ti­on within the frame­work of the RUBIN pro­gram and receipt of the grant noti­fi­ca­ti­on, the QUANTIFISENS alli­ance is now start­ing the three-year rese­arch phase. The aim of the deve­lo­p­ment is a sen­sor plat­form based on fiber-optic and quan­tum tech­no­lo­gy pro­ces­ses. This will serve com­plex cus­to­mer pro­blems in initi­al­ly two tar­get mar­kets: medi­cal ima­ging and infra­struc­tu­re monitoring.

  • Suc­cessful appli­ca­ti­on in the RUBIN pro­gram (2020/2021) and receipt of the grant noti­fi­ca­ti­on (2022)
  • Offi­ci­al pro­ject start is Sep­tem­ber 1, 2022 for three years
  • Deve­lo­p­ment of a sen­sor plat­form based on fiber-optic and quan­tum tech­no­lo­gy methods


Ele­ven com­pa­nies and two rese­arch insti­tu­tes form the regio­nal QUANTIFISENS alli­ance and will be fun­ded by the Fede­ral Minis­try of Edu­ca­ti­on and Rese­arch with around 12 mil­li­on euros over the next three years in order to deve­lop Jena and the state of Thu­rin­gia into the lea­ding cen­ter for fiber optic mea­su­re­ment processes.

QUANTIFISENS stands for omni­func­tion­al quan­tum-inspi­red fiber sen­sor sys­tems and descri­bes a novel holi­stic approach to sol­ving com­plex, sen­so­ry cus­to­mer pro­blems using opti­cal fibers, the rele­vant mea­su­re­ment tech­no­lo­gy, and inno­va­ti­ve self-lear­ning soft­ware. With the slo­gan »the sens­ing [r]evolution«, the alli­ance is ushe­ring in a tur­ning point in the evo­lu­tio­na­ry deve­lo­p­ment of clas­sic sen­sors and has the poten­ti­al to even revo­lu­tio­ni­ze them in areas using quan­tum technologies.

The com­bi­na­ti­on of part­ners, the majo­ri­ty of which are loca­ted in the high-tech optics regi­on of Jena in Thu­rin­gia, con­sis­ting of high­ly inno­va­ti­ve, agile small com­pa­nies and estab­lished, pro­duc­tion-expe­ri­en­ced mar­ket par­ti­ci­pan­ts as well as rese­arch insti­tu­ti­ons, results in advan­ta­ge­ous lin­k­ages. The part­ners in the alli­ance alre­a­dy cover the enti­re value chain: They include fiber optics manu­fac­tu­r­ers, laser manu­fac­tu­r­ers, soft­ware com­pa­nies, sen­sor sys­tem manu­fac­tu­r­ers, quan­tum tech­no­lo­gists and sys­tem inte­gra­tors. Thanks to exclu­si­ve know-how, the alli­ance holds all the cards to suc­cessful­ly crea­te dis­rup­ti­ve inno­va­tions and deve­lop the sen­sor plat­form to mar­ket maturity.

Dr. Eric Lind­ner, CEO of the FBGS com­pa­ny and indus­try spo­kes­man for the alli­ance, expres­ses his enthu­si­asm about the pro­ject launch: »We are very plea­sed that our con­cept has con­vin­ced the Fede­ral Minis­try of Edu­ca­ti­on and Rese­arch on all counts. Over the next three years, the Alli­ance will deve­lop new, ground­brea­king fiber optic sen­sor pro­ces­ses and sys­tems. Through the holi­stic approach of our tech­no­lo­gy plat­form, we want to over­co­me the limi­ta­ti­ons of clas­si­cal fiber optic mea­su­re­ment tech­no­lo­gy by using quan­tum tech­no­lo­gy methods and inno­va­ti­ve software.«

With QUANTIFISENS, the regi­on pres­ents its­elf in per­spec­ti­ve as a modern, inno­va­ti­ve and dyna­mic play­er in the sec­tor of state-of-the-art sen­sor tech­no­lo­gy, which attracts new talent and in turn gives new impe­tus to the regi­on through them. The pro­ject ensu­res sus­tainable growth for the com­pa­nies by main­tai­ning exis­ting jobs and crea­ting new ones in the field of future technologies.

The inten­si­ve appli­ca­ti­on phase in 2020/2021 for the deve­lo­p­ment of an inno­va­ti­on con­cept under the RUBIN pro­gram (»Regio­nal Entre­pre­neu­ri­al Alli­ances for Inno­va­ti­on« within the pro­gram fami­ly »Inno­va­ti­on & Struc­tu­ral Chan­ge«) was crow­ned with suc­cess for all alli­ance part­ners. Fol­lo­wing tech­ni­cal pro­ject appr­oval by repre­sen­ta­ti­ves from busi­ness, sci­ence and poli­tics in June 2021, the part­ners recei­ved the offi­ci­al grant noti­fi­ca­ti­ons in 2022. Now the sub­stan­ti­ve work of the alli­ance can begin and a joint sen­sor plat­form can be deve­lo­ped through the close coope­ra­ti­on of com­pa­nies and rese­arch institutions.

Alli­ance spokesperson:

Dr. Eric Lind­ner – FBGS Tech­no­lo­gies GmbH

Phone: +49 3641 508 513



Dr. Tho­mas Schrei­ber – Fraun­ho­fer IOF

Phone: +49 3641 807–252