Descartes' new Open Network Initiative for enhanced cargo tracking

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Descartes Systems Group is offering a new standard of interoperability to support the growth of its CORE Bluetooth Low Energy network with its Open Network Initiative.

The Descartes CORE BLE network uses Descartes CORE BLE tags and readers to track the movement and status of air cargo as it passes between parties in the logistics chain, providing real-time visibility of shipments and the assets used to move them. The Descartes CORE BLE network is being deployed in over 350 airports across the world.

The Descartes' Open Network Initiative expands the value of the Descartes CORE BLE network to air cargo industry participants by allowing third party, BLE-compatible devices to communicate over the network. With no need to build network infrastructure or invest heavily in network technology and staffing; The Open Network Initiative enables other equipment manufacturers to develop their own BLE tags by lowering the cost of entrance. It also provides greater choice in BLE tags to address a wide range of requirements and applications, and offers to accelerate the digitization of logistics processes in the airfreight industry.

“We've tested the compatibility of the Descartes CORE BLE network with our FindMyULD app and a third party BLE tag and, with minimal development effort, data is flowing seamlessly between the tag and our application servers,” said Steve Townes, CEO at ACL Airshop LLC. “In addition, we can better control the content, timing and volume of data transmitted by the tag and maintain security over the messages.”

Scott Sangster, Vice President, Global Logistics Services Providers at Descartes commented: “Descartes continues to lead the adoption of advanced electronic tracking technology for the air cargo industry. The air cargo ecosystem operates as a network and it is to everyone's advantage to maximize coverage and transparency and to improve visibility. Our Open Network Initiative facilitates this and makes participation in the IoT-based solution more accessible and more cost-effective for airlines, GHAs and freight forwarders alike. ”


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