AWS Germany, Austria, and Switzerland Customer Success Stories

There are no borders separating big ideas. Explore the latest thinking across Germany, Austria, and Switzerland in public sector cloud-first creativity.

Munich University of Applied Sciences (MUAS)

Powered by AWS, Munich University of Applied Sciences (MUAS) built the M:UniverCity innovation network to address public sector challenges in the Munich metropolitan area.

Staedel Museum

Find out how the Staedel Museum uses AWS to make 700 years of art history accessible to all.

CODE University

CODE University’s Better Future Lab organizes challenges around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and collaborates with AWS for technological components.

Kiron Open Higher Education

Kiron Open Higher Education (Kiron) democratizes education for refugees and underserved communities. With AWS, it has built and scaled flexible, customized learning pathways.

Medisanté

Medisanté increased its agility with shortened time to market for their products and has increased its ability to operate at the global scale using AWS.

Europol

Using AWS, Europol made its anti-ransomware website available in three days, supported 2.6 million visitors on the first day, and has supported 12 million visitors since launch.

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The Institute for Geoinformatics at the University of Münster provides bachelor, master, and PHD degrees in geoinformatics – the science of modelling geo-data to address challenges that face geography, geosciences, and cartography.

In 2017, a group of students at the Institute for Geoinformatics at the University of Münster embarked on an ambitious project: to build an Earth Observation Infrastructure (EOI) on AWS that would support flooding preparedness in Europe. Fifteen students – with no prior experience in developing for the cloud – were tasked with managing and processing Earth observation data from the European Union’s Copernicus programme.

Using this data they would need to perform flood risk analysis, and then make it available via a Web geographic information system (GIS). GIS systems not only contain incredibly detailed location data, but with many of them now online, they also enable researchers to analyse and cross-reference spatial and geographic info with other datasets.

Using an agile methodology the students went on to successfully implement the whole process. This included the automated replication of Sentinel-1 data from the Copernicus Open Access Hub into an S3 bucket. Lambda functions were then used to determine the availability of new data and to generate batch jobs for further data pre-processing.

“The study project demonstrated that data-intensive applications that make use of spatial data infrastructures—such as Copernicus—and integrate with parts of these infrastructures, need to be based on cloud and web technologies,” Remke concludes.

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Albrecht Dürer Airport Nuremberg handles around four million passengers every year and has won the Business Traveller Magazine award for best German airport for 12 consecutive years. Data loads on the airport’s systems vary greatly depending on seasonal travel peaks, bad weather, strikes, and other extraordinary conditions.

Nevertheless, the airport needs to ensure its systems perform reliably and are secure at all times. Purchasing additional server capacity, however, to support the data swings was too costly. Nuremberg Airport wanted a flexible and scalable environment to manage the ebb and flow of data loads while allowing the airport to continue to develop Internet-based services.

Nuremberg Airport chose Infopark AG, a Berlin-based member of the AWS Partner Network (APN), to develop a new cloud-based solution. Today, the airport runs more than 10 information systems in the AWS Cloud, including websites, arrivals and departure information, parking spot reservations digital assistant Alexa-skill and a messaging service. It uses a range of AWS services including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Lambda and Amazon Alexa, which provides a natural-language interface for giving passengers flight information.

The AWS infrastructure not only supports user-interfaces for passengers and employees but also includes an API and programming framework. Among the advantages of AWS for Nuremberg Airport are General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance, tight network security, and a good price-performance ratio. The airport estimates it is saving 60–70% in web-hosting costs with AWS.

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The Federal Office of Topography, swisstopo, is Switzerland’s National Mapping Agency, and it manages the country’s geographic information system (GIS). These digital systems not only contain incredibly detailed location data, but with many of them now online, they also enable you to analyse and cross-reference information with other datasets – often in real time.

The swisstopo GIS contains a staggering billion map tiles and adds another two million new map tiles every day, which all need to be maintained and distributed. “We currently serve up to 60,000 users each day,” says Hanspeter Christ, deputy head of geoinformatics at swisstopo. “Thanks to AWS, we can significantly shorten the time needed to allocate new servers and strengthen our focus on real customer needs.” To optimize its services, swisstopo used automatic provisioning to scale with demand, and tasks that previously took weeks or months could be completed in under an hour.

Swisstopo has achieved this by running more than 140 Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) and managing 200TB of geographic data in Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS), Amazon Elastic Files System (EFS) and Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3). In addition, migrating to AWS also gave swisstopo the opportunity to tidy up legacy issues.

“AWS not only freed us from fiddling with physical hardware but also made standardization and automation of our server infrastructure much easier,” says Christ. Swisstopo is now working toward a “hybrid cloud” setup, using a 1Gib/s Direct Connect fiber, connecting the Federal Network with the AWS Region eu-central-1. In the next steps it hopes to make FsX and EFS available in the Federal Intranet and start a PoC with VMWare on AWS.

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European Space Agency (ESA)

The European Space Agency (ESA) is an international organization with 20 member states. Its mission is to shape the development of European space capabilities and to ensure that investments continue to be made in this area in order to provide benefits to European citizens and to the world as a whole. Find out how AWS supports its Data User Elements (DUE) initiative at the ESA Earth Observation Center in Frascati, Italy, which demonstrates the benefits of Earth observation products and services through data provided to scientists, government agencies, and private organizations worldwide.

Ecosia

Ecosia – a social business based in Berlin, Germany – is the search engine that plants trees. Each month, they donate $100,000 (or 80% of their monthly profits from ad revenue) to nonprofit conservationist organizations, with a focus on tree planting. In 2013, Ecosia turned to AWS to host their website and search engine, in order to leverage scalability and allow it to react quickly to spikes in traffic from increasing demand. Additionally, as they are donating 80% of their profits to planting trees, being frugal is of critical importance to the organization’s bottom line.

Berlin Philharmonic

The Berlin Philharmonic, founded in the capital in 1882, is considered one of the best symphony orchestras in the world. Sir Simon Rattle has been its principal conductor, and director of the Berliner Philharmonie concert hall since 2002. The Berlin Philharmonic operates its own video platform – the Digital Concert Hall – where listeners can hear live concerts and excerpts of concerts in High Definition, with bandwidths of up to 2,500 kbits/s. The recordings can be viewed directly on the organization's website, on smart TVs, or through the organization’s own app.

Polytechnique de Lausanne

RoboGen™ is an open-source educational and research platform for the co-evolution of robot bodies and brains. It was developed at the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at EPFL led by Professor Dario Floreano. Today, RoboGen is an educational, hands-on learning tool that has been used for class projects by over 100 master students at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), a research institute and university in Lausanne, Switzerland. RoboGen uses AWS Cloud Credits for Research. The AWS Promotional Credits are being used to perform large-scale experiments in distributing evolutionary robotics over the web.

Global Crop Diversity Trust

The Global Crop Diversity Trust, an independent international nonprofit organization headquartered in Bonn, Germany, has a mission to ensure the conservation of global agricultural crop diversity. As part of this, the organization also maintains Genesys, a database of the world’s crop diversity in gene banks. The database contains information on more than 2.7 million searchable varieties of crops. Using AWS, the Crop Trust has been able to consolidate its disparate website backends and internal systems into a single, centrally managed cloud-based solution.

Given Gain

GivenGain is a global leader in cloud-based activism. Based in Switzerland, it was founded in 2001 on a simple premise to enable global philanthropy by empowering individuals and nonprofits to break down the barriers between and within ourselves. The organization’s initial web hosting solution presented reliability issues, and its web server and database were unable to sustain demand. To better scale to this more effectively and continue its good work, GivenGain turned to AWS.

Beuth

With a wide range of forward-looking degree courses and a staff of highly qualified specialists, Beuth University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, Germany, provides students with the best possible prospects for their professional future. Through AWS Educate, each student on the university’s acclaimed Einführung in Data-Analytics & Big-Data Praxis course receives an AWS account to gain experience with AWS. Over the 14 weeks of the semester, 15 students attended the elective course for four hours per week to collect, store, process, analyze, and visualize big data on the cloud.

Deutsche Bahn

The DB Group is one of the largest mobility and logistics companies worldwide, with more than 600 subsidiaries. In total, the group employs around 300,000 people full-time staff, of whom more than 100,000 are regular IT users. Within this, DB Systel is responsible for more than 630 productive IT applications, almost half of which were custom builds on standard software such as SAP or Oracle PeopleSoft, and largely limited to DB Systel's own data centers. Discover how AWS provided the best solution for agility and cost management when the organization made the move to the cloud.

Munich Leukemia Lab

Munich Leukemia Lab (MLL) is a diagnostics and research institution whose mission is to find a cure for leukemia and lymphoma. MLL uses state-of-the-art molecular and IT-supported methods to shape the future of hematological diagnostics and therapy. Using AWS, MLL reduced the turnaround time to process patient genome data from 20 hours to 3 hours, helping accelerate research and improve diagnosis of leukemia. To deal with its growing need for scalable compute and storage while maintaining a high standard for data security, MLL turned to AWS and deployed Illumina’s BaseSpace solution in the AWS Frankfurt Region.

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