Vienna International Airport (VIE) has taken a page from Brussel’s playbook and opted to plug its cargo community into Nallian’s open data sharing platform and collaborative applications suite.
In a first phase, the Vehicle Database application will be used to control access to the now crowded cargo grounds, hence eliminating congestion and improving security. And the Statistics app will allow the airport to better analyse and gain more granular insights in their overall cargo streams.
In the future, more applications, such as the Slot Booking app, can be added to the Vienna CargoCloud to generate additional benefits along the strategic road VIE is taking.
After the completion of the new dedicated Pharma Handling Center in December 2018, the next projects are already under construction or in the pipe line. With limited land availability the digital transformation and lean collaborative processes are seen as the way forward to support future growth. With regards to cargo, a first step towards doing more with less is to control access and eliminate congestion at the cargo zone.
Says Peter De Leeuw, head of Landside and Real Estate development and Cargo Development at Vienna International Airport: “We are convinced our way to grow is through digitisation and we have found in Nallian the right partner to support us.
“We have looked at different platforms and theirs has convinced us with its flexible modular settings and the fact that it offers us a future-proof solution to reach our goals. It integrates seamlessly with our existing systems and allows us to easily add more applications as we move forward – and even to build our own apps upon the platform.
“Also, we have been impressed by the work they have done with Brussels Airport,” De Leeuw adds. “We believe we share the same ambition to grow our business through digitisation and we are looking forward to work more closely together and create more synergies in the future.”
Nallian’s CEO Jean Verheyen adds: “We are thrilled to support Vienna International Airport in their ambition to grow through digital transformation. Our Nallian for Air Cargo suite is designed by and for such visionary air cargo professionals, with the objective of optimising real-world situations leveraging existing data and processes. We are looking forward to help them grow through our platform and collaborative applications.”
The Vehicle Database application will be integrated with the Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system at the access gate. Via an intuitive web interface companies at the cargo zone will be able to pro-actively register vehicles that are to be granted access to the zone. Consignees will be able to request access via the application in view of their pick-ups and deliveries.
This system will not only avoid vehicles are idling on the grounds, it will also improve security and provide better insights in the movements at the cargo area as all traffic is registered. In the future, the application can be integrated with the Slot Booking application, so access can be granted automatically in view of registered time slots.
Another collaborative application on the Vienna CargoCloud is the Statistics app, which will provide the airport with more granular insights in its global cargo streams. Like a periscope it taps into existing data, such as MAWB data, flight times, cargo types etc., empowering the airport to make a more in-depth analysis of their cargo flows and take informed decisions about flight routes to develop, sales and marketing actions to be taken etc.
The airport says it is aiming to develop into a thriving Airport City where all stakeholders operate in the most optimal conditions, creating synergies between each other in order to enable sustainable growth for all.