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Page 8 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • FEBRUARY-MARCH 2015 Ceva adds fourth Chicago facility SUPPLY chain management company Ceva, has expanded its market presence in Chicago with the opening of a fourth facility. The company’s Chicago operations near O’Hare International Airport (ORD) now encompass four facilities totaling over 650,000 sq. ft. (60,387 sq m) and 115 total dock doors. The new multi-use logistics facility features state-of-the-art security includ- ing a 128-camera CCTV system, gate and access control, and security on duty inside the building on a 24x7 basis. The facility has 30 dock doors and two van ramp doors. The new facility, located at Elk Grove Village is directly adjacent to an existing Ceva operation, creating a campus-type environment with opportunities to expand current services in the Chicago market and improve traffic flow in and out of the area. “We are excited about the opportunity to expand our operations in the dynamic Chicago market,” said Bill Stortenbecker, managing director of Ceva’s Chicago operations. “This new facility enables us to drive growth in our services across the board – our Hub ground network, domestic network, import and export gateway operations, export dock and logistics operations. We have been ex- periencing significant space constraints in Chicago; with this expansion, we are well-positioned to enhance both our international and domestic business.” The company’s permanent staff in Chicago now totals approximately 250 people, supplemented by a temporary workforce that scales according to sea- sonal demand. Talking drone takes to the air CLAIMED to be a world first, Austral- ian RMIT University researchers have developed a talking drone that can converse with air traffic controllers like a normal pilot. The development is another step towards the integration of unmanned aircraft systems – or drones – into civilian air space, despite moves by governments - including in America - to severely limit the commercial use of unmanned aircraft. The project, part of a larger re- search initiative that aims to address safety and efficiency issues related to drones and air traffic management, is the result of a partnership between RMIT, UFA, Thales Australia and its Centre for Advanced Studies in Air Traffic Management (CASIA). Dr Reece Clothier, leader of the RMIT Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) research team, said drones needed to be able to fly safely along- side other air space users without causing disruption to air traffic man- agement. “The majority of air traffic control services are provided to aircraft by voice over radio – aircraft controllers speaking directly to pilots,” Clothier said. “Our project aimed to develop and demonstrate an autonomous capability that would allow a drone to verbally interact with air traffic controllers. “Using the system we’ve developed, an air traffic controller can talk to and receive responses from a drone, just like they would with any other aircraft.” Philippe Bernard-Flattot, technical director at Thales Australia said: “This is a significant project that is important for the future of air traffic control systems. “It brings the safe and seamless operation of unmanned aerial vehi- cles within civilian air space one step closer, and is an excellent example of close collaboration between different teams.” The new system – which was presented by researchers in a paper at the Australian International Aero- space Congress – enables a drone to respond to information requests and act on clearances issued by an air traffic controller, using ATVoice, UFA’s voice recognition and response technology. Flight-testing of a prototype system was completed late last year, demon- strating integration to Thales’ Top Sky Air Traffic Control System. Further studies are now under way to better understand the benefits and explore the human factor issues associ- ated with the automation of drone-to-air traffic controller communications. Air traffic controller interacting with the talking drone. Drones are the fastest growing sector of the aviation industry, with world wide sales expected to top US$6 billion in 2015. AC print edition going digital AFTER almost 25 years of publishing a printed copy of the award-winning AirCargo Asia-Pacific we have adjusted our schedule to publish an expanded virtual copy online starting from our April edition. AirCargo Asia Pacific daily news and weekly E-news will be published as usual. Increased postal and print costs no longer justify the printed version. We we will also restructure our website to carry more stats and performance data plus a few extras. Profound changes in communications over recent years are continuing to reshape the delivery of news. We will continue to deliver breaking news stories daily on our website.