Descartes rolls out Bluetooth ULD readers at Menzies Aviation facilities

By Rachelle Harry

Descartes is rolling out is core Bluetooth low energy (BLE) readers at Menzies Aviation’s facilities worldwide.

The deal enables ground handler Menzies Aviation to enhance its cargo-tracking capabilities, as well as enabling Descartes to expand its BLE network, which is “used to track international mail, parcel and cargo shipments in real-time”.

Descartes Core BLE readers capture the movement of ULDs that have been equipped with either a Descartes or third-party BLE tag.

Shipments can be tracked with the Descartes core ULD tracking solution, and sensor-based information such as the ULD’s temperature, movement and humidity can be monitored.

Robert Fordree, executive vice president of cargo at Menzies Aviation, commented: “As a global logistics specialist, Menzies is dedicated to embracing new technologies to provide market-leading service to our airline customers.

“By introducing ULD tracking with the Descartes solution, we can offer customers a higher standard of service when it comes to air shipment visibility and ULD fleet management.”

Scott Sangster, vice president, global logistics service providers at Descartes, added: “We’re pleased to help Menzies Aviation ensure their ULDs are in the right place at the right time to meet the air freight needs of its customers worldwide.

“By enabling the visibility of ULDs and ground equipment through automation, Descartes’ advanced IoT and Bluetooth networking technologies help airlines and their partners significantly improve control over the transportation of air cargo from the point of origin to final destination.”

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