dnata engages real-time tracking for cargo visibility

By Rebecca Jeffrey

dnata is using the Descartes CORE BLE real-time tracking solution to better manage its cargo. Photo: dnata

Real-time tracking is providing dnata with greater asset visibility for more effective movement of air cargo at airports. 

The air services provider is using Descartes Systems Group’s Descartes CORE BLE real-time tracking solution to help manage its mobile assets for cargo handling at airports.

This 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.

Part of the Descartes CORE BLE Network, the readers are available through Descartes’ Open Network Initiative for air tracking, which also supports non-Descartes tags. 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.

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. In addition to shipment location, other sensor-based information, such as precise temperature, movement and humidity, can be monitored.

Kevin Walsh, manager operational support services at dnata, said: “The Descartes CORE BLE solution has given us location visibility in real-time, allowing us to better maximise asset utilisation and minimise losing sight of them, which can be a challenge at the world’s largest airports. As part of our digitisation strategy, we were also able to successfully launch a real-time shipment tracking pilot and are poised to offer it as a service.”

Earlier this year, Dnata launched autonomous drones in its warehouses at Dallas Fort Worth airport (DFW) in the US.

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]