Project partners and sponsorship

The research project ‘Intelligent Container – linked intelligent objects in logistics’ was supported from July 2010 until June 2013 by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany, under reference no. 01IA10001. Six research and 15 industrial partners participated in the project with a total volume of 9 Million Euros. A follow-up project concerning the detection of mould infections was started in October 2013. Two further project applications are currently under evaluation.

Research partners

see also [Consortium]



Institute for Microsensors-, actuators and -systems, University of Bremen

· Project management

· Micro technology for new sensor principles

· Spatial analyses of temperature profiles with wireless sensor nodes

Communication Networks Working Group (ComNets), University of Bremen

· Communication protocols for telematics units and wireless sensor networks

Institute of Electrodynamics and Microelectronics (, Bremen

· Combination of passive and active communication technologies for wireless sensor nodes

Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH (BIBA)

· Methods for efficient control of cold chain logistics

· Studies on economic feasibility

Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering Potsdam Bornim

· Shelf life model for bananas

University of Bonn, Institute of Animal Science (ITW)

· Shelf life models for meat products

Industrial partners



aicas GmbH

Java real-time environment for embedded systems

Cargobull Telematics GmbH

Telematics for trucks and semi-trailers

CHS Spezialcontainer - Shelter and Engineering GmbH

Retrofitting of container prototype

Dole Fresh Fruit Europe OHG

Field tests / applications in logistics and ripening of bananas

Elbau Elektronische Bauelemente GmbH

Sensors for airflow and spectral colour

European Microsoft Innovation Center (EMIC)

Software virtualization


Special housing and contactless charging of sensor nodes

Kühn Transport und Lagerungsgesellschaft mbH

Application and field tests in meat logistics

OHB Teledata Business Unit

Satellite communication for containers

OTARIS Interactive Services

Tablet PC software for electronic bill of loading and retrieval of sensor data

Evaluation of security aspects

ProSyst Software

OSGi framework for telematics units with software installation on-demand

RUNGIS express AG

Field tests / applications in the cold chain for meat products

SEEBURGER Business Integration

Interfaces for integration of food-specific information into company databases

Texas Instruments

Development of special RFID-sensor nodes and antennas


Wireless sensor nodes for logistics applications