Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Air Freight Customers Get an Option for On Board Cargo Tracking

New Technology Allows Shippers to Get Real Time Information Direct from the Consignment Itself
Shipping News Feature

UK – US – Virgin Atlantic Cargo has become the first British airline to accept the new Sentry FlightSafe tracking device, developed by Texas based airborne asset tracking solutions company OnAsset Intelligence, on its aircraft. The device will enable freight and logistics customers moving vulnerable and valuable shipments to monitor the location and environmental conditions of their cargo on the ground and in the air in real-time. John Lloyd, Director of Cargo at Virgin Atlantic, said:

“Customers can already track their cargo shipments with us via our website but we are always looking to provide other choices that increase the benefits we offer. Our high service levels and reliability means freight forwarders and courier companies regularly choose Virgin Atlantic to deliver high value and sensitive cargo so enabling them to use Sentry FlightSafe means they can now give their own customers real-time information on the status of their shipment throughout its entire journey with us.”

With its real-time capabilities at all points in the supply-chain, the system provides stakeholders with critical data that enables them to intervene to reduce or eliminate loss related to the integrity of the cargo. A wireless tracking device, the Sentry FlightSafe includes multiple sensors such as temperature, humidity, pressure, shock, location and vibration with an additional feature, FlightSafe®. This feature enables the device to use multiple modes of sensing and proprietary logic to automatically turn off its wireless transmitting radios to ensure safe and regulatory compliant operation throughout the duration of flight. The device is the only cellular-based, GPS sensing device with a patented feature for automatic radio off mode that requires no human intervention to operate it.

The technology is approved for carriage on more than 20 major international commercial and cargo airlines including Cathay Pacific, Aer Lingus, Delta Air Lines and AA Cargo. Virgin Atlantic Cargo approved Sentry FlightSafe for use on board its aircraft following rigorous testing by the airline’s Engineering and Cargo Operations teams. Adam Crossno, President and CEO of OnAsset, said:

“Approval from Virgin Atlantic Airways delivers an important increase in Sentry-enabled air cargo capacity serving the global market from Europe. We are extremely pleased to receive approval and even more so, to announce that customers can ship cargo with FlightSafe on many new routes.”