Brussels airport digitisation will help cargo community move forward

Written by: Alwyn Brice |
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Nallian, a cloud-based, data-sharing platform that operates communities, has released its Slot Booking Application to the community at Brussels airport.

More recently, Nallian also launched NxtPort, a data utility platform which will collect and pool data from various stages in the supply chain of the Port of Antwerp.

When Steven Polmans, Head of BRUcargo, initiated the BRUcloud initiative in 2015, his vision was one of enabling a seamless collaboration between all cargo actors around the airport by installing an open community platform that helps these companies to easily collaborate through a pool of shared data. Shared data is used to synchronise cross-company processes, allowing clusters of independent companies to achieve efficiency levels that are historically reserved for fully integrated players only.

The Slot Booking Application will eliminate one of the most compelling problems, namely the waiting times and idle times at the facilities of the ground handlers. By co-ordinating supply and demand of time slots, the app streamlines the pick-up and delivery of freight at the ground handlers and leads to a better capacity utilisation and the elimination of peaks and idle times. The Slot Booking app makes it possible for the booker (for example, a forwarder) to request a single or recurrent time slot at a specific facility, via the same central Web application for all ground handlers. Concurrently, the supplier or ground handler can make time slots for different cargo types available via the Web application or a system-to-system link with its internal slot management system.

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