GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo (GHAC) and Singapore-based technology startup StaTwig are teaming up to bring blockchain-based real-time tracking to vaccine shipments.
The two companies will roll out a new technology-based solution for tracking and monitoring vaccine shipments handled at GMR Hyderabad’s cargo terminal operated by GHAC. Hyderabad airport is one of the primary pharma gateways for vaccine exports from India.
The solution will provide visibility on location, product quality and safety of vaccine shipments to both the vaccine manufacturer and the buyers enrolled on the ‘VaccineLedger’ platform.
The partnership brings together the domain expertise of GMR Cargo and its extensive relationships with vaccine exporters and air cargo trade with StaTwig’s proven blockchain platform to strengthen the vaccine export supply chain from India.
The development takes on great significance given Hyderabad’s position as one of the biggest vaccine manufacturers globally, with the region set to produce over 3.5 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine doses over the next couple of years to aid the global battle against the pandemic.
“We are glad to announce this partnership for the launch of VaccineLedger, a first of its kind initiative in the air cargo industry in India,” says Saurabh Kumar, CEO-GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo. “This new technology product would enable us to deliver enhanced real-time visibility and status information on vaccine shipments to our customers.
“We are confident that the combination of GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo’s domain expertise in vaccine handling and StaTwig’s proven Blockchain technology-based VaccineLedger platform will further strengthen the vaccine supply chain at this critical juncture in the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic,” Kumar adds.
Pradeep Panicker, CEO-GMR Hyderabad International Airport says the strategic partnership will help consolidate its position as one of the best gateways in India for vaccine shipment handling. “GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo is expanding its capabilities both in infrastructure and technology to cater to the demand in vaccine shipments and is becoming a key facilitator in the fight against Covid,” he says.
“Technology and temperature-controlled supply chain are crucial elements in the fight against Covid,” notes SGK Kishore, ED-South, chief innovation officer-GMR Airports. He underscores that GMR has long been a pioneer in leveraging the latest technology to deliver enhanced value and better experience to its customers and airport infrastructure users.
“This partnership for ‘VaccineLedger’ is in line with the same focus on technological leadership and customer-centricity and we are hopeful that in these crucial times when every single vaccine counts, this strategic step will help ensure safe handling of vaccines,” Kishore adds.
GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo is a World Health Organisation – Good Storage and Distribution Practices (WHO-GSDP) Certified gateway. GHAC is expanding its facilities and streamlining processes both landside and airside to meet the unique requirements for perishables, agri products and various temp-controlled pharmaceuticals.
It has already launched a large, custom-built Cool Dolly – a scalable mobile refrigerated unit for airside transportation ensuring cold chain integrity. The major export and import commodities handled at HYD consist of perishables (agro & marine products), pharmaceuticals, engineering & aerospace, garments and electronics among others.