Unilode Aviation Solutions has successfully completed an in-flight trial of its ULD tracking solution.

In collaboration with its strategic partner OnAsset Intelligence, Unilode has tested its smartphone app which allows tracking of its Bluetooth-equipped ULDs by connecting to an aircraft's commercial Wi-Fi network.

The trial was conducted on a flight from Hong Kong to Zurich, and confirmed that the Bluetooth connection between container tag and smartphone was functioning across flight decks. Live data transmitted throughout the flight included geolocation, temperature, humidity and light in the aircraft hold. The trial also confirmed that the Bluetooth technology selected by Unilode will be able to bring affordable and reliable IoT technology to the world of ULD management.

Unilode is currently undergoing a large scale digital transformation programme, equipping its fleet of 140,000 ULDs with Bluetooth tracking devices to give customers access to ULD tracking data and additional information such as temperature and shock.

Adam Crossno, OnAsset Intelligence CEO, commented: "The entrepreneurial spirit of the team at Unilode is amazing to watch. I am proud my team's solution can be used to finally solve the missing links in the air cargo supply chain and to provide true value to customers."

Benoît Dumont, Unilode CEO, added: "Unilode's mobile in-flight tracking application is a great example of the co-creation powers between industry leaders. Mobile tracking applications have been offered by a number of ULD service providers since 2017 but have rarely been adopted, because they miss what customers really need: end-to-end transparency at their fingertips. We at Unilode are proud to have developed with our strategic partner a mobile application, which meets the customers' needs and underpins Unilode's ambition to bring affordable supply chain transparency to the aviation industry."