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Air New Zealand rolls out Bluetooth-based cargo tracking

22 November 2017
Air New Zealand has embarked on a network-wide project to track cargo with Bluetooth sensors on pallets and containers. Source: Getty Images

Air New Zealand is installing new cargo-tracking technology throughout its global network, as it seeks to improve its operational efficiency.

The airline is installing 5,500 Bluetooth tags on cargo containers, pallets, and unit load devices, as well as more than 100 readers, at the 29 airports worldwide where it provides cargo services. Whenever a tagged item passes a reader, it automatically updates an online application and delivers real-time information to Air New Zealand.

Core Transport Technologies NZ Ltd is providing the tags and readers. “We believe this to be the first time this type of technology has been deployed at this large scale anywhere in the world,” claimed Managing Director Ian Craig.

Air New Zealand operates an average of 3,566 cargo flights each week, exporting 42,000 tonnes of goods per year from New Zealand. The airline expects considerable efficiency gains from this network-wide rollout. “This technology has been introduced as a result of direct feedback from our cargo and airport staff who saw an opportunity to enhance our handling processes,” explained Rick Nelson, cargo general manager. “These Bluetooth tags and readers will not only allow us to speed up cargo handling but also improve our accuracy and inventory management and help to locate any missing items.”

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