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February 2013: inBin – The Intelligent Bin

Thursday, February 28, 2013

February 2013: inBin – The Intelligent Bin

The Internet of Things is a becoming reality. inBin, the first real intelligent bin developed by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow (Fraunhofer IML) and the Chair of Materials Handling and Warehousing at TU Dortmund University, communicates with people and machines, makes decisions independently, supervises its environmental conditions, and controls logistics processes. From article announcements to confirmation and error messages, inBin manages and oversees every step of the selection process. Equipped with cutting-edge data processing and sensor technology as well as highly efficient memory and energy storage capacities, inBin is able to govern its actions and provide maintenance -free operations.

Thanks to innovative power storage, the container is energy self-sufficient. Special solar cells are activated at 400 lux while the bin also converts vibrations or strong fluctuation of the surrounding temperature into power. Since inBin is linked to several interfaces, it adapts to a variety of logistics processes and ensures seamless integration into almost every existing communication infrastructure, such as common radio frequencies and IT protocols. Depending on the level of required process decentralization, the bin’s memory and computing capacity can be matched to the nearby logistics facility.

In addition, the ability to interconnect with other devices provides safety in transportation and helps prevent lost articles. A missing package can be recognized and reported immediately since each bin has a unique identification number, making it identifiable and traceable worldwide. For more information, please click here.