Shipments are usually transported between air freight forwarding hubs located at airports or close to airports and various handling agents by trucks. Due to the volatile aircargo volume and the high degree of labor division between stakeholders, mixed with contradictory optimization efforts for services offered and cost minimization, inefficiencies occur. These comprises for example low utilization of transport resources or long waiting times for truck handling.
Due to the often missing, anticipating data transmission and interruptions in the information flow, cargo volume resp. handling peaks occur quite frequently. These unnecessarily bind handling capacities of handling agents and lead at ramps to long, incalculable waiting times. Consequently, freight forwarders order truck transports, with low load factors. This in turn burdens the transport system, by tying additional handling resources.
The aim of "Smart Air Cargo Trailer" is therefore, in the sense of the "Internet of Things" (IoT), a better use of resources and an increase in efficiency through process control using object-immanent data and information of the logistics objects. These data will be stored within the process chain both directly at the individual shipments and at standard or swap trailer, used for transport. In addition, a prototypical demonstrator of entirely digital and autonomous transports within an airport operating area, side by side with mixed traffic, is planned to be achieved.
These autonomous transports are requested independently and on demand within the airport premises. The autonomous vehicles pick up the trailer and bring it to the appropriate destination resp. ramp at a forwarder or handling agent terminal. This leads to the decoupling of the ramp and handling processes of the handling agents from the transport processes, thus both can be optimized independently by each party.
This project (HA Project No .: 575/17-57) is funded and part of “Hessen Modell Projekte” of the LOEWE - funding line 3: SME collaborative projects.