Cathay Pacific homes in on real-time cargo tracking

Cathay Pacific is ramping up the trial of a new track and trace technology for cargo shipments after a successful test at its home hub.
The Hong Kong airline, along with ULD firm Unilode and tracking technology provider OnAsset Intelligence, initially tested the practicality of using wireless devices in the multi-storey, concrete surroundings of the airline’s cargo terminal.
The trials proved successful and now the airline will test the technology, which utilises Bluetooth low-energy beacons, with actual shipments.
Cathay Pacific said track and trace is a part of its digital strategy, to help answer the industry’s need for greater transparency along the airfreight supply chain.
The ambition is to automatically provide customers with real-time tracking of their cargo shipments.
Cathay Pacific general manager cargo service delivery Frosti Lau said: “It’s important to explore technologies that work towards the air freight industry’s aim of offering both customers and operators transparency and data accuracy throughout the entire supply chain.”
Unilode chief executive Benoît Dumont added: “Our recent field trial with Cathay Pacific proves that our approach to digitalisation, including benefit realisation and technology choices, is on the right track to provide the industry with sustainable and compliant ULD tracking data and services."
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