Unilode partners with Nexxiot to digitise ULD fleet by 2021

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August 19, 2019: Enabler of the digitised supply chain Nexxiot and Unilode Aviation Solutions have signed a contract to digitise the entire Unilode fleet within the next 18 months. By the beginning of 2021, all 1,25,000 ULDs supported by Unilode will be fitted with a digital twin. 

All Unilode Unit Load Device (ULDs) will be equipped with Bluetooth sensors, that will collect data which will then be processed, analysed and made available by Nexxiot for Unilode. This will enable continuous, automated tracking of ULDs both on the ground and in the air. Currently, around 10,000 ULDs are already equipped with the corresponding Bluetooth technology and can be activated digitally by Nexxiot.

“The strategic partnership with Unilode is an important step for us in scaling our business model. For the first time, we are now developing solutions to digitise the air freight market and make the handling of ULDs transparent worldwide. We achieve this by combining freight and movement data. Our extensive experience in the rail segment has helped us to master the problems in the air freight industry,” said Helmut Kaspers, CEO, Nexxiot.

Boarding ULDs digitally

The first joint trials between the two companies have been running since September 2018. For the first time, Nexxiot is now working independently of its own sensors and will thus integrate external data on its platform.

Welcoming the cooperation, Benoît Dumont, CEO of Unilode Aviation Solutions, said, “We are very diligent in selecting our partners and have high standards for the companies we cooperate with. After a long review, it turned out that Nexxiot is currently the only supplier worldwide with whom we can implement this kind of project in such a short time. That's why we've brought Nexxiot on board as a strategic partner and benefit from the company's vast expertise in the digitisation of large fleets.”

Next-gen ULDs come of age

In addition to the digitisation project, Nexxiot has developed and currently maintains a neutral user interface for Unilode where customers can view the data of their ULDs and use various services such as ULD location, temperature, shock, light and humidity measurement, as well as inflight tracking. Based on the new partnership, the company will be able to offer spot leasing for load carriers in the future. Pooling of ULDs will also be simplified.

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