Swissport tracks ULDs with Bluetooth

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Ground service provider Swissport is deploying Descartes Systems Group’s Core Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) readers at all 115 of its air cargo warehouses.

Deploying the readers will expand the network used to provide airlines with real-time tracking of international mail, parcel and cargo shipments via the Descartes Core Unit Load Device (ULD) tracking service.

Hendrik Leyssens, vice president global cargo operations at Swissport, said, “Our cooperation with Descartes and the introduction of global ULD tracking at our cargo warehouses creates added value for our customers and drives the digital transformation of the cargo supply chain and the industry.”

Descartes Core ULD Tracking helps air carriers and partners automate freight tracking, increase efficiency and improve asset management by providing real-time visibility of air shipments in a single ULD or pallet.

Shipments can be tracked using the Descartes Core BLE network, offering location, temperature, movement and humidity monitoring.

Scott Sangster, vice president – global logistics network at Descartes, said, “We’re pleased to work with Swissport to increase the value of its warehouse network and the overall reach of BLE-enabled tracking locations worldwide. Descartes is dedicated to delivering proven innovations in IoT and real-time network technology that help make the movement of air cargo smarter and more efficient.”

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