Speedcargo and dnata partner to bring AI technology to Etihad Cargo operations

Source: dnata

Air services provider dnata has partnered with logistics technology solutions provider Speedcargo to deliver artificial intelligence (AI)-based cargo services to Etihad Cargo at Singapore Changi Airport.

Speedcargo’s AI-based ‘Cargo Eye’ and ‘Assemble’ solutions installed at dnata’s facilities are designed to help overall logistical efficiency and digitisation, as well as optimise cargo capacity for Etihad Cargo’s daily flights departing from Singapore. The roll-out of Cargo Eye and Assemble follows successful trials.

Cargo Eye uses advanced, vision-based 3D technology to scan and capture a cargo shipment’s exact dimensions, volume data, images, and labels, providing a comprehensive digital record.

This information is then fed into Assemble which creates a digital plan, advising dnata’s cargo handling teams of the optimal method of building a pallet.

The solutions aim to make sure Etihad Cargo maximises cargo capacity, while becoming more efficient and sustainable.

Both Cargo Eye and Assemble “seamlessly integrate” into dnata’s existing warehouse management system, said the air services provider.

Charles Galloway, dnata’s regional chief executive, airport operations – Asia Pacific, said: “dnata is proud to lead the digitisation of cargo processes through innovative technology solutions.

“Working alongside Speedcargo, Cargo Eye and Assemble will enable us to provide Etihad Cargo and its customers with digital audit trails of how their cargo has been handled, improving efficiency and providing a quality end-to-end service. We will continue to create value and enhance our service offerings through digitalisation.”

Dr Krishna Kumar Nallur, Speedcargo’s chief executive, commented: “This first step towards industry transformation will enable end-to-end optimisation of cargo capacity, from booking to cargo hold.

“Our AI-powered solutions will help Etihad Cargo to maximise capacity across their fleet, and enable dnata Singapore to digitise their cargo handling, thereby improving their productivity and efficiency in operations.”

Thomas Schürmann, head of cargo operations & delivery at Etihad Cargo, said: “With the launch of Speedcargo Technologies’ AI-powered solutions, Etihad Cargo is transforming airfreight operations and optimising cargo capacity as the latest step in the carrier’s digitalisation journey.

“Singapore was selected as the first station to go live with these state-of-the-art AI tools, which will boost efficiency, digitise and standardise cargo handling across Etihad Cargo’s network and enhance service levels for the carrier’s customers and partners.

“Following successful trials of the AI-powered cargo handling solutions, Etihad Cargo sought out a ground handling partner to deploy Cargo Eye and Assemble, and dnata was a clear choice, being fully aligned with Etihad Cargo’s commitment to utilising cargo-maximising technology to enhance air cargo operations.”

dnata’s Singapore facilities are the first in its global network to implement Cargo Eye and Assemble technology. Speedcargo is working with dnata to roll out the service at further global stations.

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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]