dnata digitises cargo handling with Descartes CORE

By digitizing the tracking process, the solution provides dnata with greater asset visibility to allow for more effective movement of air cargo at airports.

dnata digitises cargo handling with Descartes CORE
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Descartes Systems Group, the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, announced that dnata, one of the world’s largest air services providers, is using Descartes CORE BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) real-time tracking solution to help manage its mobile assets for cargo handling at airports. By digitizing the tracking process, the solution provides dnata with greater asset visibility to allow for more effective movement of air cargo at airports.

“Airports have very dynamic, fast-moving operations and being able to service our airline and freight forwarder customers effectively requires us to make sure we know the location of dollies and other air cargo assets at all times. The Descartes CORE BLE solution has given us location visibility in real-time, allowing us to better maximize asset utilization and minimize losing sight of them, which can be a challenge at the world’s largest airports. As part of our digitization strategy, we were also able to successfully launch a real-time shipment tracking pilot and are poised to offer it as a service,” said Kevin Walsh, manager operational support services, dnata.

The Descartes CORE BLE real-time tracking solution combines Descartes CORE BLE tags that are applied to mobile assets and readers that capture the movement of the assets. The readers use mesh-networking technology to improve coverage resilience and through the use of solar power, can be placed throughout an airport because they do not need a power source.

The tracking data helps ground handlers better understand the location of cargo-handling assets, better match capacity with asset inventory, and reduce the costs associated with misplaced equipment or the requirement to lease additional assets.

“With the high shipping volumes, the industry is getting the most from existing air cargo handling assets is critical to keep freight moving,” said Glenn Palanacki, Vice President, Industry Strategy at Descartes.

Using the Descartes solution, air shipments bundled into a single ULD container or pallet can also be tracked in real-time to help ground handler customers such as air carriers and freight forwarders, automate freight location visibility.

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