Brussels Airport has expanded its sphere of activity. It has released a blockchain-based app to streamline the import process.
The announcement was made on 14th June via AMCHAM Belgium’s website. The blockchain-based application is based on the company’s BRUcloud data sharing platform launched in 2016. According to the announcement, the app aims to help monitor cargo movements starting from handlers and ending with forwarders. The software is going to be associated with several new and existing applications such as a Slot Booking App.
The BRUcloud controls the data sharing
The BRUcloud platform aims to control the data sharing between the involved parties through cloud space rather than only improve communication between them as do other cargo communities.
Sara Van Gelder, manager of Brussels Airport’s cargo business development has made a confession about the blockchain-based application:
“It enables the different stakeholders of the air cargo supply chain to work more “integrated” and act as a network. Data will be stored only once, centrally. Once a company is connected to the cloud, it can start using the different existing applications and can start exchanging information very easily with other stakeholders instead of maintaining system-to-system connections with all different partners individually.”
“The new Freight Management App 1.0 will replace the handover of cargo,” said Steven Polmans
The new application launched by Brussel Airport raises standards to another level of the “Landsite Management tool” that the company is currently developing
Steven Polmans, responsible for cargo and logistics, commented:
“The new Freight Management App 1.0 will replace the handover of cargo from handlers to forwarder from a paper-based process by a digital rights/release process.”
He went on to say the collaboration between the company and its stakeholders was an important step in the development of new applications, as well as BRUcloud. One of the contributors is DHL Global Forwarding, which has been involved in the development process since the start of the project. Luc Jacobs, head of DHL’s Belgium and Luxembourg operations, explained his decision to support Brussel Airport by referring to the importance of the project for the society.
Another contributor is Worldwide Flight Services – the world’s leading ground handling organizations, as the company describes on its official website.
This is not the first time an airport operator shows interest in distributed ledger technology. In January 2018, Canadian representatives mentioned during the WEF the government would support the development of an airport system to assist travelers in distributing private information in advance.