Leading worldwide supplier of outsourced Unit Load Devices (ULD) management and repair solutions and winner of the 2019 IATA Air Cargo Innovation Award (for its digital transformation programme) Unilode Aviation Solutions has partnered with OnAsset Intelligence, leading supplier of supply chain tracking and monitoring solutions, to launch the world’s first aviation-compliant Bluetooth® roaming network.

This development follows in the path of a variety of digitally-enabled services recently brought to market by Unilode. In the process of building the world’s largest fleet of connected ULDs, Unilode has been rapidly rolling out a global infrastructure of readers using OnAsset’s SENTRY 500 FlightSafe® device, a fully aviation-complaint and airline approved Bluetooth® 5 reader. These readers capture data from multi-sensor tags, continuously collecting location, temperature, humidity, motion, shock and light data to provide powerful insights into the status of Unilode’s digitally-enabled fleet. Augmented by a mobile app that allows any iOS or Android device to become part of the reader network – Unilode has created a powerful, flexible and standards-based network that they are now opening for the benefit of all.

Serving the aviation industry is particularly challenging, due to the highly regulated and fast-paced nature of the business. With compliance and safety always key concerns, it requires more than just a network.  Enter Managed Interoperability™. As part of the service, not only is access to the network provided, but a full suite of services to validate and onboard new devices are included. Ensuring the security, integrity and compliance pedigree of the network are foundational concerns, with ease of business also a core focus, so Managed Interoperability™ bundles all the facets of integration together. Including a thorough review of regulatory compliance, security, encryption, authentication, messaging protocols and device performance – Managed Interoperability™ covers the integration process from A to Z as part of the service.

Benoît Dumont, Unilode CEO, said: “Customers have been asking for this for some time.  We are happy to offer access to our reader network to anyone who has a tag that meets the extremely high standards of the aviation industry and supports best in class security and encryption. We won’t let just any device on our network. There are a lot of inferior products on the market and we want customers to know that they can trust and rely on data provided by our network – this is why we are bringing a more comprehensive solution with Managed Interoperability™.”

Adam Crossno, OnAsset Intelligence CEO said: “OnAsset is pleased to support Unilode in taking this next big step in digital evolution. We know the market likes choices, and we know that Unilode’s customers demand the best, so we’re excited to help realize this vision for the world’s largest interoperable Bluetooth® network. Innovation like this isn’t easy, especially in the aviation industry, so we are focused on doing it right. We are using all our expertise and experience to help Unilode set the gold standard in delivering these new services.”

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