The profile specifies the CANopen interface for devices that identify existence, dimension, orientation or movement of items in their environment e.g. optical camera (2D or 3D) or laser device. Implementing the profile, the item detection device manufacturer may supply diverse application fields using the same electronic CANopen interface implementation and just adapting the required application functionality. A system designer may choose between CANopen devices from different manufacturers implementing the same profile-compliant functionality. For development, analysis, and maintenance of the devices, off-the-shelf CANopen tools may be used.