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CHEP's high-tech ULD wins IATA Innovation Award.

At the end of four days of meetings, workshops, networking and discussion about the dire need for innovation in the airfreight industry, IATA closed its World Cargo Symposium last month by announcing the winner of its inaugural Innovation Award: CHEP Aerospace Solutions.

The award honors individuals and companies that have created products or services aimed at making the air cargo business more competitive compared to other modes of transportation. The winner receives a trophy and a US$20,000 prize.

CHEP's winning entry was a high-tech ULD called CANTrack, which is powered by solar-charged batteries and contains a GPS/GSM tracking system that allows operators to record its movements in real time.

The units also have a temperature sensor that can alert shippers, handlers and forwarders if the contents are getting too warm or too cool, as well as an impact sensor that can help determine liability in cases of damaged cargo.

CHEP's IT director Floris Kleijn accepted the award on behalf to the CANTrack team, saying the ULD system is being tested on trial basis with Air Canada and Hawaiian Airlines. If expanded throughout the industry, he added, CANTrack has the potential to reduce ULD damage rates and increase availability of container stock worldwide.

The two other finalists in the Innovation competition included an intuitive decision support tool called CLIVE, and an online claim management system called Cargo Claims, by CargoHub. These runners-up--Niall Van de Wouw, managing director at CLIVE, and Kiona van de Burg, business development manager at CargoHub --each accepted checks for US$8,000 for being finalists.

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Title Annotation:Europe News
Comment:CHEP's high-tech ULD wins IATA Innovation Award.(Europe News)
Author:Woods, Randy
Publication:Air Cargo World, International ed.
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2015
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