Unilode to accelerate digital transformation for ULDs

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Unilode Aviation Solutions plans to accelerate digital transformation in unit load device (ULD) management with Bluetooth tracking.

The tracking solution is based on a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) tag fully embedded into the structure of the ULDs, which is supported by a global interoperable reader infrastructure.

To implement the programme, Unilode has teamed up with technology provider OnAsset Intelligence and a ULD manufacturer.

Customers including Cathay Pacific, Air Canada, Cargolux and AirBridgeCargo are among the airlines involved in the digitisation programme, which is being rolled out this year, along with several shippers.

Unilode chief executive officer (CEO), Benoit Dumont says: “Unilode Aviation Solutions has decided to accelerate the use of modern technology in its ULD management solutions. Since winning the inaugural IATA Air Cargo Innovation Award in 2015 we have been working closely with our customers to enhance our digital tracking technology with user input across the end-to-end value chain.

He adds: “Unilode does not intend to lock itself, its customers and industry partners into proprietary technologies, and therefore has decided to make public all APIs necessary to capture information from our digitally enabled platforms. This approach greatly enhances interoperability and flexibility, which is what the industry and our customers are looking for.”

OnAsset Intelligence CEO, Adam Crossno says: “Together with Unilode we have been focusing on making sure the technology is safe, compliant, fit for purpose and technically sound. Our common vision is that this technology should be accessible for all stakeholders in the value chain, so intelligent ULDs can be leveraged by airlines, ground handlers, freight forwarders and shippers.

“This is extremely important because quite often the tracking challenges arise when shipments leave their expected route and are not found where they are expected to be.”