AFKLMP Embraces IoT-Driven ULD Tracking with SkyMind Technology

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP) has selected technology company SkyCell as its unit load device (ULD) tracking partner.

The partnership will see SkyCell integrate its IoT-driven visibility platform, SkyMind across AFKLMP’s entire ULD fleet.

The SkyMind technology includes advanced readers and tags, to provide airlines with real-time visibility into their entire ULD fleet. This visibility enables airlines to make proactive “informed decisions”, according to a joint AFKLMP and SkyCell press release.

AFKLMP said it will be able to mitigate the manual efforts historically associated with tracing and tracking. This is expected to help increase efficiency and reduce costs.

Adriaan den Heijer, executive vice president Air France-KLM Cargo and managing director Martinair, said: “We’ve decided to invest in the latest asset tracking technology with SkyCell. A new technology solution called SkyMind has been developed.

“Implementing state-of-the-art tracking devices to locate our ULDs will not only enable us to track our assets but will also significantly enhance our operational quality.

“Real-time ULD tracking will enable us to address the issue of ULD losses, whether by ground handling partners or our valued customers, and will ensure seamless movement of cargo.

“With improved ULD management, we can optimize our operations and deliver exceptional service to our air cargo industry partners.”

Nico Ros, chief technology officer and co-founder SkyCell, said: “We’re excited about our partnership with Air France KLM Martinair Cargo as we establish a new standard in technology for Air Cargo’s ULD (Unit Load Device) management.

“This achievement is made possible through our close cooperation with Air France KLM Martinair Cargo and the integration of SkyMind, our IoT-driven visibility platform with specialized ULD management.

“The partnership marks a major transformation in the airline industry towards automation, with a strong focus on efficient ULD management, streamlined dispositioning and improved asset utilization.”