Brussels reaches digitisation milestone with Slot Booking App

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Brussels Airport

Brussels Airport has reached the next stage of digitisation with the cloud based data sharing platform, Nallian releasing its Slot Booking Application to the community.

The Slot Booking Application will eliminate problems of waiting times and idle times at ground handling facilities by coordinating the match between supply and demand of time slots by streamlining the pick-up and delivery of freight at ground handlers and leads to a better capacity utilisation and elimination of peak and idle-times.

The app makes it possible for the booker to request a single or recurrent time slot at a specific facility via the same central web-application for all ground handlers, while the supplier can make time slots for different cargo types available via the web-application or a system-to-system link with its internal slot management system.

Brussels Airport head of cargo, Steven Polmans says: “It is only a couple of months ago that we started to define the scope of our first release. Today this release has been developed and the first testing-sessions have been extremely positive.”

Cargo development manager, Sara Van Gelder, who is in charge of digitalisation projects at BRUcargo adds: “In the meanwhile the conversations and brainstorms with the community keep going on and the next features are already being defined! The Slot Booking App will open a lot of opportunities for future applications.”

Nallian chief executive officer, Jean Verheyen says: “This application is our next step in the digital roadmap to make BRUcargo the most efficient, smart and attractive logistical platform in Europe.”

The app is available to the stakeholders at BRUcargo via the BRUcloud, and can be implemented in other communities around the world.

BRUcloud was initiated in 2015 and Polman’s vision was to enable seamless collaboration between all cargo actors around the airport by installing an open community platform to allow them to easily collaborate through a pool of shared data.

Since going live, it has been extended with a dashboard visualising the quality of pharma shipments and a statistical application to create insight in the freight volumes at BRUcargo.