Our partner Elincom has used our RFID devices within a project of NOVATUG within maritime shipping –
on specially developed harbour tugs. Elincom used our BLUEBOX CX LR 1CH and our MR Antenna for this purpose.



  • Cooperation between the Companies:
    Elincom: https://www.elincom.nl/
    iDTRONIC Professional RFID: https://www.idtronic-rfid.com/
    NOVATUG: https://www.novatug.nl/
  • Application Area:
    Increase of Fuel efficiency on a specially developed Harbour Tugboat
  • Initial Situation:
    Installation of a BLUEBOX Portal with Antenna for non-contact, water- and dirt-proof angle detection.
    Identification of mounted Tags in a harsch, metal surrounded, environment.

Customer Information:

The company NOVATUG, which is part of the private owned towage and salvage company Multraship, has developed an innovative harbour tug together with international partners and has since built two of them, both of which are used by Multraship. The innovative tug named CARROUSEL RAVE TUG (CRT) offers an effective solution to the current challenges in maritime shipping.

Initial Situation:

The company NOVATUG wanted to measure and evaluate fuel consumption on its specially developed harbour tugs.
The measurement had to be carried out every 6 degrees directly on the carousel. This solution had to meet the following requirements:

  • Contactless Identification of the Tags
  • Water and Dirt-proof Function of the RFID Devices
  • Real-Time Transfer of Data to the Captain’s Monitor

Project Definition:

Elincom relies on the iDTRONIC BLUEBOX CX LR 1CH and the MR Antenna to ensure fast and accurate identification.
Due to the special IP67 Protection Class, the devices are water- and dirt-proof and are particularly suitable for this situation.


On the inside of the carousel there are 60 UHF RFID tags mounted, every 6 degrees one, with the BLUEBOX CX LR 1CH and the corresponding MR Antenna the tags are read.

The BLUEBOX CX LR 1CH is mounted in the technical cabin on the ship.
The MR Antenna is mounted outside in a specially designed antenna hole.

The tag IDs are read by the on-board management software via PROFIBUS and referenced to a corresponding angle, which is graphically displayed to the skipper and sent to a remote backend server to combine the towing angle information with other information such as fuel consumption.


In this way, fuel savings can be monitored on the CARROUSEL RAVE TUG.

Further Information about our Products:


BLUEBOX CX Family_620x590

MR Antenna (new Housing)

Midrange Antenna UHF

Exclusive Feedback of NOVATUG about the Use of this System:

  • The iDTRONIC BLUEBOX CX LR 1CH enables fast and accurate
    identification of all mounted tags due to its high reading range.
  • Due to its IP67 protection class, the iDTRONIC MR Antenna
    is ideally suited for outdoor use on harbour tugs.



Contact Person for Product Inquiries

Mr Patrick Kochendörfer
– Senior Product Manager –
Tel.: +49 621 66900 94-21

E-mail: patrick.kochendoerfer@idtronic.de

Contact Person for Media Inquiries

Ms Maria Mahler
– Marketing Manager –

Tel.: +49 621 66900 94-11
E-mail: maria.mahler@idtronic.de