Open access for streamlined document disposal and innovation
Companies constantly require the disposal of their files and documents. This is currently being done on a routine basis, giving room for empty runs. Adopting the Intelligent Tracking Control Pro (ITCPRO) level sensors will be a game-changer for companies, as it allows for file and document disposal according to their needs. The sensor recognises the current filling level, sends a message when a defined threshold has been reached, and automatically triggers the pick-up process. This ensures that the container does not overflow or is picked up when only half full. Furthermore, security risks posed by overfilled data containers, including sensitive or confidential data, no longer threaten data privacy.
The code is freely accessible in the Open Logistics Repository for companies to develop their own sensors and customise them according to their systems and requirements. Rhenus Logistics has published the source code, and Fraunhofer IML has also published the reference implementation information for compatible hardware. The work on the Sensing Puck universal hardware platform has been performed as part of the Silicon Economy Project – and it is being supported by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. The sensors have, however, been in the marketplace since 2020 and are offered as a service by our partners at Rhenus Logistics.
Efficiency and environmental impact
The ITCPRO level sensor promises a 30 per cent reduction in empty journeys by optimising pick-up operations. This innovation provides a sustainable system that will transform the disposal logistics in the long run and reduce our CO2 footprint. We hope that more companies will take this opportunity and make their document disposal process more efficient. Businesses can look forward to more sustainable open source developments in the near future under the Foundation’s umbrella. All interested companies are invited to join our existing projects or set new topics by becoming members of the Open Logistics Foundation.
Interested companies can find the ITCPRO source code in the Open Logistics Foundation Repository:
Read the official press release here: Rhenus and Fraunhofer’s level sensor goes open source