ATLANTA, GA, December 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Descartes Systems Group (Nasdaq: DSGX) (TSX:DSG), the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, announced that dnata, one of the world’s largest air services providers, is using Descartes CORE Bluetooth® Low Energy real-time tracking solution to help manage its mobile assets for cargo handling at airports. By digitizing the tracking process, the solution provides dnata with greater asset visibility to allow for more effective movement of air cargo at airports.
“Airports have very dynamic, fast-moving operations and being able to service our airline and freight forwarder customers effectively requires us to make sure we know the location of dollies and other air cargo assets at all times,” said Kevin Walsh, Manager Operational Support Services at dnata. “The Descartes CORE Bluetooth® Low Energy solution has given us location visibility in real-time, allowing us to better maximize asset utilization and minimize losing sight of them, which can be a challenge at the world’s largest airports. As part of our digitization strategy, we were also able to successfully launch a real-time shipment tracking pilot and are poised to offer it as a service.”
The Descartes CORE Bluetooth® Low Energy real-time tracking solution combines Descartes CORE Bluetooth® Low Energy tags that are applied to mobile assets and readers that capture the movement of the assets. The readers use mesh-networking technology to improve coverage resilience and, through the use of solar power, can be placed throughout an airport because they do not need a power source. Part of the Descartes CORE Bluetooth® Low Energy Network, a Descartes Global Logistics Network™ service, the readers are available through Descartes’ Open Network Initiative for air tracking, which also supports non-Descartes tags. The tracking data helps ground handlers better understand the location of cargo handling assets, better match capacity with asset inventory, and reduce the costs associated with misplaced equipment or the requirement to lease additional assets.
Using the Descartes solution, air shipments bundled into a single ULD container or pallet can also be tracked in real-time to help ground handler customers, such as air carriers and freight forwarders, automate freight location visibility. In addition to shipment location, other sensor-based information, such as precise temperature, movement and humidity, can be monitored.
“With the high shipping volumes the industry is experiencing, getting the most from existing air cargo handling assets is critical to keep freight moving,” said Glenn Palanacki, Vice President, Industry Strategy at Descartes. “We are pleased to provide dnata with real-time asset visibility to help gain better control of those assets and serve its customers better.”
dnata is one of the world’s largest air and travel services providers. Established in 1959, the company ensures the aviation industry operates smoothly and efficiently in 129 airports. Offering ground handling, cargo, travel, and flight catering services in 35 countries across six continents, dnata is a trusted partner for over 300 airline customers around the world. In the financial year 2020-21, dnata’s customer-oriented teams handled 280,000 aircraft turns, moved 2.6 million tonnes of cargo, uplifted 16 million meals, and recorded a total transaction value (TTV) of travel services of US$ 62 million.
Descartes (Nasdaq:DSGX) (TSX:DSG) is the global leader in providing on-demand, software-as-a-service solutions focused on improving the productivity, performance and security of logistics-intensive businesses. Customers use our modular, software-as-a-service solutions to route, schedule, track and measure delivery resources; plan, allocate and execute shipments; rate, audit and pay transportation invoices; access global trade data; file customs and security documents for imports and exports; and complete numerous other logistics processes by participating in the world’s largest, collaborative multimodal logistics community. Our headquarters are in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and we have offices and partners around the world. Learn more at www.descartes.com, and connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter.
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