WFS deploys Descartes’ Bluetooth tracking technology

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Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) is offering its airline customers real-time visibility and asset management solutions with Descartes’ Bluetooth tracking technology.

Currently live at WFS’ airport locations in Paris, London, Brussels, Frankfurt, Madrid, New York and Houston, the Core Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) readers will be introduced at other international stations in the company’s network. This network includes 175 major airports in 22 countries and the readers will be utilised to track cargo, parcels and mail shipments, in line with customer demand, according to the handler.

John Batten WFS
John Batten

Designed to help deliver end-to-end visibility across entire air cargo supply chains, the Descartes readers capture the movement of shipments and ULDs that have either Descartes, or third-party BLE tags attached. Shipment status can be tracked in real-time whether cargoes are in the air or on the ground.

The solution also improves ULD asset management by identifying the locations of containers, helping optimise ULD inventory and reduce the costs associated with misplaced equipment or the requirement to lease additional ULDs.

“In today’s challenging market conditions, it is more important than ever to implement new technologies that support the efficiency of our worldwide operations and which give our customers greater visibility of their cargo and assets to either generate new revenue opportunities or achieve business efficiencies,” says John Batten, executive VP Cargo – EMEAA at WFS.

“Descartes’ Bluetooth readers automate the end-to-end tracking of freight shipments and offer real-time status reports such as precise temperature, movement, shock, light and humidity data. This is especially important for the high-value and temperature-controlled types of cargoes which provide premium revenues for our customers.”

Scott Sangster, VP, Global Logistics Network at Descartes notes that with greater transparency into the location and condition of ULDs and ground handling equipment, Descartes is helping deliver “end-to-end shipment visibility and more secure and efficient air cargo logistics operations.”


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