CHAMP Cargosystems - in collaboration with Air France KLM Martinair Cargo and Dropslab – wins the ECS Group #NexGenLeaders 2019 Challenge

Munich, 5 June 2019 – CHAMP Cargosystems has won the ECS Group #NexGenLeaders 2019 Challenge alongside Air France KLM Martinair Cargo and Dropslab. The consortium won the award for their Augmented Reality for Air Cargo Warehouses project. The project increases efficiencies in ground handling operations from freight acceptance to palette build-up with the use of augmented reality hardware.

The award was announced earlier today at Air Cargo Europe 2019 in Munich.

Augmented Reality is a non-immersive tool that allows users to access digital contextual information in their real-world environment presented through a hardware device (e.g. Google Glass). The benefits for freight handling parties include; a paperless process by design, optimizing path and picking, assisted acceptance, and pallet build-up assistance leading to operational and load factor optimization.

The challenge, hosted by ECS Group – the leading GSSA player – aims to help regenerate the industry by giving startups, students, and its own employees all over the world the chance to showcase their talent and put it to use to benefit an unbelievably dynamic industry.

“We are incredibly honored to have won this award and would like to thank our partners, students from Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences that participated, and ECS Group for hosting the event” says Lucas Fernandez, Head of Innovation at CHAMP Cargosystems. “CHAMP is dedicated to making the air cargo supply chain simpler, faster and better by leveraging and introducing the latest technologies to our industry.”

“We are delighted to show off new technologies that can transform and improve the air cargo supply chain,” says Marcel de Nooijer, Executive Vice President at Air France KLM Martinair Cargo. “Only our joint efforts could have brought this forward – and we are thrilled to have made it a success alongside CHAMP and Dropslab.”

“Dropslab is thrilled with this innovative opportunity to develop technologies for air cargo,” says Dr. Pascal Schug, ManagingDirector at Dropslab Technologies. “Congratulations to our partners and everyone involved in this most fruitful project.”

"The idea of using augmented reality in freight handling is to improve and assist the freight acceptance process during freight handling and during pallet building," says Rutger Smulders, who won the Students category. "The idea of using augmented reality in freight handling is to improve and assist the freight acceptance process during freight handling and during pallet building. By looking through augmented reality glasses, the computer generates information to help make warehouse employees’ jobs easier and improve their efficiency."

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