The ULD manager and the ground handling agent have agreed to equip all Swissport stations with Bluetooth readers. This technology allows real-time tracking and inventory control, enabling airlines and freight companies to plan the distribution of their vast ULD fleets more efficiently and at less cost.
Two industrial heavyweights have decided to join forces for the benefit of their clients, enabling the tracking of Unilode-managed ULDs at Swissport-run warehouses around the world.
Bluetooth technology creates added value
Thanks to the forthcoming Bluetooth service developed by Descartes and Unilode, the Zurich-based ground handling agent expects that the transparency for its airline customers using digitally tagged unit load devices will sharply increase. “Geolocation of ULD enables real-time tracking and inventory control, allowing airlines and freight companies to plan the distribution of their vast ULD fleets more efficiently and cost effectively,” Swissport stated in a release.
Hendrik Leyssens, Swissport’s Vice President Global Operations Cargo, points out that this innovation “creates added value for our customers and drives the digital transformation of the cargo supply chain and the industry."
Further to this, his company emphasizes that the new Bluetooth readers are part of ongoing investments in advanced technologies to intelligently manage the flow of goods and equipment in order to
finetune workflows, provide exact ULD movement data, and automate processes within cargo terminals and at aprons.
Kiosks relieve truckers
In addition to the Bluetooth reader initiative, Swissport’s innovation policy also includes the installation of self-service cargo kiosks. A major help for truck drivers. These kiosks enable them to avoid having to wait in line at warehouse counters and respectively reduces manual paperwork processing. “The kiosks help saving valuable time and often speed up the delivery of time-critical shipments, benefiting Swissport and its customers alike,” the ground handler emphasizes in a press release.
Benoît Dumont, Unilode CEO, explains that his company has decided to digitalize its entire ULD fleet of 140,000 units by equipping each one with digital tags and creating a Bluetooth reader network in the over 250 locations worldwide within the next two years.
He points out that Swissport provides air cargo handling and airport ground services to several Unilode ULD management customers worldwide. They benefit most from the digital solution due to greater visibility of their shipments, faster throughput, and high process accuracy. “We are pleased with our new agreement and look forward to cooperating with Swissport and strengthening our relationship in all ULD-related areas."
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