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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • FEBRUARY-MARCH 2018 • Page 25 Good progress with Bluetooth- based tracking AIR NZ is progressing with its new- era cargo tracking technology that covers not only shipments but also the airline’s cargo equipment globally. The carrier late last year started installing more than 5500 Blue- tooth tags on cargo containers, pallets and ULDs. It is also siting 100-plus readers at 29 airports where it provides cargo services around the world. “This technology has been intro- duced as a result of direct feed- back from our cargo and airport staff who saw an opportunity to enhance our handling processes,” said Rick Nelson, Air NZ’s GM of cargo. “These Bluetooth tags and readers will not only allow us to speed up cargo handling but also improve our accuracy and invento- ry management and help to locate any missing items.” The project is being undertaken in partnership with Core Transport Technologies www.core-tt .com which has offices in the US, NZ and Hong Kong. “We believe this to be the first time this type of technology has been deployed at this large scale anywhere in the world,” said Ian Craig, CTT’s MD. While the technology is only be- ing used internally at this stage, the airline hopes to make it custom- er-facing in the future. Air Seoul opts for AAT AIR Seoul, a wholly owned subsidi- ary of Asiana Airlines, has appointed Asia Airfreight Terminal (AAT) as its cargo terminal operator in Hong Kong. AAT currently also serves its parent and sister companies, Asiana Airlines and Air Busan, respectively. Air Seoul, formed in 2016, has focused on building an international network, especially to Japan and South East Asia. Owners can now monitor their pets during flights PET owners transporting pets in aircraft cargo holds now have the ability to monitor the animals welfare and talk to their pets via their personal devices such as smartphones. Unisys Digi-Pet enables airlines to offer niche pet transport services featuring a high quality customer experience for both the pet and pet owner. The service uses Inter- net-of-Things (IoT) technology via smart sensors attached to the pet’s kennel or carry case to mon- itor and transmit key metrics such as temperature, oxygen levels, vi- bration and light, and automatical- ly alert the pet owner and airline staff if any factors require action. Pet owners can also subscribe to live video streaming, photos and voice exchanges so that they can see and talk to their pet via an app on their smart phone or tablet. “We are emotionally attached to our pets and it can be distress- ing to be separated from them when travelling by air,” said Ven- katesh Pazhyanur, senior industry director of Freight Solutions for Unisys. “Large pets – whether accompanied or not – must travel in the cargo hold. Digi-Pet uses IoT sensors to provide pet owners with full visibility of their pet’s comfort and the environmental conditions, as well as enabling them to talk to their pet – calming both the pet and owner.” Digi-Pet assists airlines to comply with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Live Animals Regulations (LAR), the worldwide standard for transport- ing live animals to ensure all ani- mals are transported safely and humanely by monitoring the pet’s environmental conditions from the point of drop-off through to delivery to the final destination. In addition to transporting domestic pets, this service can be used by shippers and carriers that transport other animal cargo such as horses, day-old chicks or hatch- ing eggs, which require consistent heat, oxygen and light. Gebruder Weiss expands home delivery network LOGISTICS company Gebruder Weiss has expanded its home delivery ser- vices in Central and Eastern Europe. The services, already established on the Austrian market, now also are available in the Czech Republic, in Croatia, Hungary and Slovakia. The services comprise parcel as well as large unit load shipments, ex- press deliveries within 24 or 48 hours, two-man handling, telephone advice as well as cash on delivery and a returns service. Upon delivery to the end customer, the company also takes care of the assembly of furniture and the connection of electrical appliances on site.