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High tech tracking from Lufthansa

[ December 6, 2013   //   ]

Lufthansa Cargo has introduced a new tracking service using GSM transponders. The devices have been specifically designed for use on board aircraft and is the first officially certified equipment of its type, which switch off automatically during flight.

Lufthansa Cargo will provide the devices, weighinbg just 50 grams, which shippers can place in any consignment and simply return the device by post after the goods have been transported.The service also includes consignment tracking of the freight via a tracking portal.

Vice president of global handling management, Thilo Schäfer said: “Our customers will only pay for the service if they actually use it. It also means they won’t have to invest in their own IT, so they can be fully flexible about how and when they use the new technology.”

The device has been tested in cooperation with Swiss World Cargo where it is currently being put through its paces by some top customers. Swiss WorldCargo is expected to introduce the service in the first quarter of 2014.

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