ATLANTA, December 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Descartes Systems Group, a global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, has announced that dnata, one of the world’s largest airline service providers, Descartes CORE BLE uses real-time tracking solution to help manage its mobile assets for cargo handling at airports. By digitizing the tracking process, the solution gives dnata greater visibility of assets to enable more efficient movement of air cargo through airports.
“Airports have very dynamic and fast-paced operations and being able to effectively serve our airline and freight forwarder customers requires us to ensure that we know the location of trolleys and other air cargo assets at all times,” said Kevin Walsh, Operational Support Manager. services at DNAT. “The Descartes CORE BLE solution has given us real-time location visibility, allowing us to better maximize the use of assets and minimize their loss of view, which can be a challenge at the world’s largest airports. As part of our digitization strategy, we have also been able to successfully launch a real-time shipment tracking pilot project and are ready to offer it as a service.
Descartes CORE BLE real-time tracking solution combines Descartes CORE BLE beacons that are applied to mobile assets and readers that capture the movement of assets. The readers use mesh network technology to improve coverage resiliency and, through the use of solar power, can be placed throughout an airport as they do not need a power source. As part of the Descartes CORE BLE network, a service of the Descartes global logistics network, readers are available via Descartes open network initiative for aerial monitoring, which also supports non-Descartes tags. Tracking data helps ground handlers better understand the location of cargo handling assets, better match capacity with asset inventory, and reduce costs associated with misplaced equipment or the need to lease additional assets.
Thanks to the Descartes solution, air shipments bundled into a single ULD container or pallet can also be tracked in real time to help ground handling service customers, such as air carriers and freight forwarders, automate the visibility of the location of the freight. In addition to the location of the shipment, other sensor-based information such as precise temperature, movement and humidity can be monitored.
“With the high shipment volumes the industry is experiencing, making the most of existing air cargo handling assets is critical to keeping cargo moving,” said Glenn Palanacki, vice president of industrial strategy at Descartes. “We are excited to provide dnata with real-time visibility into assets to help better control those assets and better serve our customers. “