Air NZ automates real-time shipment tracking with Descartes ULD solution

posted on 18th September 2019 by Justin Burns
Air NZ automates real-time shipment tracking with Descartes ULD solution

Descartes Systems Group has announced that Air New Zealand is now using the Descartes Core Unit Load Device (ULD) tracking solution.

This allows the carrier to automatically monitor the real-time location of international mail, parcel and cargo shipments while they are in the air and on the ground.

“With the dramatic rise in ecommerce, Air New Zealand is handling a growing volume of air cargo and the industry’s traditional manual practices for tracking freight are no longer sufficient,” said Jonathon Dale, manager commercial, cargo Cmcl and ventures at Air New Zealand.

“With the Descartes system, we now have a digital solution to identify the exact location of an air freight container and the status of its load at any given moment. The ability to continuously and automatically track air freight is a powerful boost to customer service and helps to significantly reduce the costs of air cargo operations.”

A next-generation, Bluetooth-enabled solution, Descartes Core ULD Tracking helps air carriers automate freight tracking, increase operating efficiencies and improve asset management by providing real-time visibility into the location of international mail, parcel and cargo shipments bundled into a single ULD container.

Using mobile technology, carriers scan Bluetooth tags affixed to ULDs prior to loading. Whether on the ground or in the air, real-time connectivity to ULDs via the Descartes Core Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) network, part of the Descartes Global Logistics Network, enables carriers to easily access accurate ULD location information and other data.

This includes precise temperature, movement (e.g., shock, acceleration and orientation), humidity, light and fire. Tags can also be added to any ground service equipment for full control over a carrier’s equipment.

“We’re pleased to help Air New Zealand modernize its ULD fleet tracking practices,” said Ian Craig, VP, product management at Descartes Systems Group. “Descartes has a long-standing history of innovation in the air cargo industry with its air messaging and security filing technologies.

“Now, with the broadest reach and network coverage in the industry, and the ability to tag and track ULDs in real-time, air carriers have the means to provide customers with the accurate and real-time cargo updates they are demanding in an era where the ability to report on the movement of goods has never been more critical to supply chain operations.”