Digital supply chain technology company Nexxiot has partnered up with unit load device (ULD) outsourcing specialist Unilode Aviation Solutions to help digitise its entire fleet of ULDs.
The aim of the cooperation is to help implement Unilode’s global project of equipping all of its 125,000 ULDs with Bluetooth sensors over the next 18 months. Nexxiot is providing the software for the Bluetooth sensors.
Once completed, the data will then be processed, analysed and made available by Nexxiot for Unilode. This enables, for the first time anywhere in the world, continuous, automated tracking of ULDs both on the ground and in the air. Both companies have signed a contract to further strengthen their existing cooperation.
Nexxiot chief executive officer (CEO), Helmut Kaspers said the strategic partnership with Unilode is an important step to scaling the company’s business model.
“For the first time, we are now developing solutions to digitize the air freight market and make the handling of ULDs transparent worldwide. We achieve this by combining freight and movement data. Our extensive experience in the rail segment has helped us to master the problems in the air freight industry,” he added.
Unilode CEO, Benoît Dumont added, that after a long review, it turned out Nexxiot is currently the only supplier in the world who can implement this kind of project in such a short time.
“That’s why we’ve brought Nexxiot on board as a strategic partner and benefit from the company’s vast expertise in the digitization of large fleets,” he said.
The first joint trials between the two companies have been running since September 2018. By the beginning of 2021, all 125,000 ULDs supported by Unilode will be fitted with a digital twin.
Currently, around 10,000 ULDs are already equipped with the corresponding Bluetooth technology and can be activated digitally by Nexxiot. For the first time, Nexxiot is now working independently of its own sensors and will thus integrate external data on its platform.
In addition, Nexxiot has developed and currently maintains a neutral user interface for Unilode where customers can view the data of their ULDs and use various services such as ULD location, temperature, shock, light and humidity measurement as well as inflight tracking.
Based on the new partnership, the company will be able to offer spot leasing for load carriers in the future. Pooling of ULDs will also be simplified.
“Working with Nexxiot gives us a new perspective on our global fleet. We want to pass on the transparency we have gained by offering new services that are fully tailored to the needs of our customers,” added Dumont.