Rhenus and Fraunhofer publish level sensor as open source


In 2019, Rhenus Data Office collaborated with the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) to create the ITCPRO level sensor, aimed at ensuring secure file and document disposal. Launched in 2020, the sensor monitors filling levels, notifies when a predefined threshold is reached, and automates the pick-up process, preventing overflows or unnecessary pickups. Addressing security concerns, especially with confidential data under GDPR regulations, this innovation aims to eliminate the risk of overfilled data containers.

Rhenus is now making the source code of the ITCPRO sensor available on the Open Logistics Foundation repository, while Fraunhofer IML is sharing reference implementation information for compatible hardware. Developed as part of the Silicon Economy Project and supported by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, this initiative aims to enhance efficiency, reducing empty journeys and overall pick-up operations by 30%, contributing to lowering carbon footprint.

This publication now enables any interested company to build on the developments that have already been achieved, use them and continue developing them in line with its own terms of reference.

Source: Rhenus