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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • SEPT, 2019 • Page 17 COVEr STOry Unilode completes Bluetooth tracking trial using aircraft’s own wifi network OUTSOURCED ULD management company Unilode Aviation Solutions has successfully completed an in- flight trial of its ULD tracking service. In collaboration with its strategic partner OnAsset Intelligence, Unilode tested its smartphone app, which allows tracking of Bluetooth-equipped ULDs through an aircraft’s commercial wifi network. The trial, which was conducted on a flight from Hong Kong to Zurich, demonstrated that the Bluetooth con- nection between container tag and smartphone can function across flight decks. Data transmitted throughout the flight - besides geolocation - included information on temperature, humidity and light in the aircraft’s belly. Unilode says the proven capability of end-to-end air cargo tracking will open up new avenues in trans- portation safety by allowing live in-flight temperature monitoring and automated load sequencing control before take-off. The trial also signals that the non-proprietary Bluetooth technology selected will be able to bring affordable and reliable IoT technology to ULD manage- ment. Unilode is currently undergoing one of the industry’s largest digital transformation programs and is equip- ping its 140,000 ULDs with Bluetooth-based tracking devices. Asiana adds rickenbacker ASIANA Cargo has completed its inaugural sched- uled flight between Wuhan, China, and Rickenbacker International Airport marking entry into Columbus, Ohio, for both the airline and the freight forwarder Apex Logistics. “Apex Logistics has a long-term vision to grow and connect Asia directly to the Midwest US market through Rickenbacker and Chicago International Airport,” said Elsie Qian, chief executive Americas at Apex. Asiana joins AirBridgeCargo, Cargolux, Cathay Pa- cific Cargo, China Airlines Cargo, Emirates SkyCargo and Etihad Cargo, which all operate scheduled week- ly international flights to and from Rickenbacker. Other freighter operators also provide regular, on-demand charter services. “By focusing their growth strategy on Ricken- backer, Apex and Asiana Cargo are able to connect China and key Asian origins directly with nearly half of the US and one-third of the Canadian population from one convenient, reliable location,” said Joseph Nardone, president and chief executive of the Co- lumbus Regional Airport Authority, which operates Rickenbacker. Changi July freight falls SINGAPORE Changi Airport registered 5.91 million passenger movements in July 2019, 3.3 per cent higher than the same period last year. Aircraft movements dipped one per cent to 32,400 landings and takeoffs, while air freight throughput declined 7.2 per cent to 170,000 tonnes for the month. Ceva opens Ho Chi Minh City facility CEVA Logistics has opened a new facility in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, doubling the size of its operation there. The new facility is located close to the two cargo ter- minals of the country’s busiest airport, Tan Son Nhat International, and is a short drive from the container port of Cat Lai. Vietnam is one of the most dynamic and fast- est-growing markets in East Asia. The World Bank forecasts Vietnamese economic growth will continue to be around the 6.5 per cent per annum mark in coming years, particularly as a result of the free trade agreements (FTAs) which Vietnam signed with the European Union and the USA in 2016. The agreements include abolishing certain Customs duties and creating easier market access.