New generations of computers, artificial intelligence, virtual identities: New technologies are emerging at an ever faster rate. To make these technologies as efficient as they are secure and user-centric, Bundesdruckerei combines its core expertise in digital identities, data protection and IT security with pioneering future technologies.

Interdisciplinary collaboration from vision to product

Which trends could shape the next decades, where are new solutions needed? Bundesdruckerei’s experts question the existing and explore technologies for the world of tomorrow. In doing so, they make use of the vast range of expertise in the Innovation Team – from chemistry and physics to computer science and mathematics. Be it neuroscience, quantum mechanics or design studies, interdisciplinary collaboration in the different fields enables new cross-connections and delivers creative answers to questions about the future.

Analogue and digital worlds

Apart from classical topics, such as materials research for secure ID documents, the focus is on digital technologies. The latest projects focus on topics such as mobile solutions and biometric procedures, artificial intelligence as well as quantum technologies and post-quantum cryptography. One central objective of this is to enable people to monitor and control their digital self through self-sovereign identities (SSIs) in an increasingly virtualized living world. To achieve this, Bundesdruckerei is developing trusted ecosystems featuring elements that interlock securely and overcome isolated solutions.

Digital technologies should give people back control over their data. It’s not a matter of 'Security or user orientation?’. The solutions of tomorrow will bring these two together.
Dr. Manfred Paeschke, Chief Visionary Officer at Bundesdruckerei GmbH

Innovation in the network

Bundesdruckerei’s researchers and developers work in a dense network where many innovations are developed in close cooperation with renowned research institutes and companies. This enables new areas of knowledge to be systematically accessed while findings from basic research are transferred into viable technologies, thus accelerating development processes. With endowed professorships, the company drives academic exchange and the promotion of young talent. Our expertise is sought after both in national and international standardization bodies – including working groups of DIN, ISO, ICAO and NIST.

Selected cooperation partners of Bundesdruckerei

  • Endowed professorship at FU Berlin: Cyber security with artificial intelligence
  • Endowed professorship at Einstein Center Digital Future, TU Berlin: Distributed security, blockchain
  • Hasso Plattner Institute: Identity management and IT security
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Security AISEC: Secure hardware and software, quantum cryptography
  • CERN: Quantum physics methods in identity management and cryptography
  • European School of Management and Technology: User-centric identity and rights management and social and political frameworks

User-centricity and data protection

Highly complex technologies only offer real security when people know how to use them and when they trust and understand them. ‘Privacy by Design’ and ‘User Experience Design’ are integral elements of our innovation processes. One of the main topics is the development of graphical user interfaces. “Especially when it comes to highly interconnected systems and large amounts of data, it is important to give users an overview and control,” says Jörg Fischer, Senior Principal at Bundesdruckerei. This is being achieved through close exchange with creative specialists as well as participatory design and design thinking methods.

Innovation work by Bundesdruckerei

Headergrafik Innovationen SSI

SSI: Data sovereignty in the digital world

Bundesdruckerei is developing secure and trusted infrastructures in order to tap into the potential for digitalization while protecting people’s data and identities.

Headergrafik Innovation Quantencomputer

Technologies for the era of quantum computers

Quantum computers promise exponential performance gains over conventional computers. Bundesdruckerei is exploring the potential of this new generation of computers and developing corresponding processes.



Using smartphones for digital services to securely store application-specific data is what the OPTIMOS project was all about.