SATS and TUM CREATE bring AI to cargo handling

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SATS and TUM CREATE have teamed up to develop the world’s first artificial intelligence powered robotic arm cargo system to digitise handling.

The system, Speedcargo comprises of three products – Cargo Eye, Cargo Mind and Cargo Arm, which are targeted at optimising cargo acceptance as well as palletisation through intelligent ULD planning and packing.

The AI-powered operating system enables data connectivity for end-to-end optimisation and improves safety and security across cargo operations.

SATS and TUM CREATE have achieved 99.99% accuracy rate for accepting cargo during trials of Cargo Eye, which produces a digital fingerprint for incoming cargo in real-time using a 3D camera system for pallet optimisation.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) facilitated the collaboration with its second Aviation Challenge where TUM CREATE was awarded S$1.9 million for Speedcargo’s prototype development.

The project received S$4 million in funding from the National Research Foundation Singapore’s Central Gap Fund.

Alex Hungate, president and chief executive officer of SATS says: “Piloting this technology in Singapore is part of our wider innovation programme to enhance services and scale our operational efficiency. These capabilities would enhance our cargo network across Asia Pacific, along with COSYS+, our cloud-based cargo terminal management system, to augment real-time cargo visibility along our digital corridors.”

Dr Suraj Nair, head of Speedcargo Technology says: “This partnership with SATS is a unique opportunity for us to develop our technology into a fit-for-purpose solution for the airfreight industry. Support from industry players and regulators like CAAS is essential in realising Speedcargo’s vision of the automated airfreight terminal of the future.”