Zurich-based Unilode Aviation Solutions, a leading global supplier of Unit Load Devices (ULDs) and Moscow-based AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) have announced that they have extended their ULD management partnership to include the extensive usage of so called Transmitting Portable Electronic Devices (TPEDs) which can be placed in pallets, containers and ULDs.
Aiming to achieve optimal monitoring
Both companies which have been working together for the past 14 years, whereby Unilode supplies the all-cargo carrier with ULDs, containers and pallets for their worldwide freighter services. The extension to the present agreement is for the installation of TPEDs into the ULDs used by ABC and which are supplied by Unilode. This is a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE v.5.0) tracking and sensing device, which when activated, is used to monitor and track ULDs as well as being able to register environmental issues such as temperature, humidity, shock registration and illumination.
Unilode states that the TPEDs will guarantee 100% transparency for shipment data. The information gathered on the status of the cargo shipments can be transmitted automatically to AirBridgeCargo’s operative departments.
Both ABC and Unilode are presently working on the rollout process and are busy with the installation of the equipment into the carrier’s ULD fleet which is managed by Unilode. In order that the process can work optimally, Bluetooth readers are also being installed in warehouses and other ground handling premises as well as the set-up of a dedicated IT infrastructure which will enable signals to be captured to ensure that real-time cargo monitoring is achieved.
Giving customers a better service
AirBridgeCargo Airlines General Director, Sergey Lazarev, stated that: “we are delighted to see our partnership with Unilode processing and embracing new areas, such as IoT, which will not only facilitate data accuracy but also enhance digital customer experience with the provision of detailed information for each and every shipment.”
Unilode CEO, Benoit Dumont added that: “AirBridgeCargo Airlines is Unilode’s loyal customer since 2004 and we are pleased to work together in our digital transformation program. The BLE v.5.0 device is the most cost effective solution for the transmission of shipment parameters with its primary benefits being improved speed and greater range.”
In order to gain optimal use of the new Unilode system, ABC has announced that it is upgrading their online track and trace tool and that they have set-up a 24/7 Control Tower whose aim is to strictly monitor the status of special and sensitive cargo shipments. The carrier has added extra trained staff to their present team.
John Mc Donagh