September 11, 2020 – Iristick, a provider of industrial augmented reality smart glasses, has recently announced that it has joined forces with Aviapartner and Air Cargo Belgium in order to innovate the airfreight industry. The partnership aims to create a more efficient way to accept, check and handle shipments at BRUcargo with the help of smart glass technology. To achieve this goal, the companies are cooperating together with Belgian agency, VLAIO, which granted and funded the project to develop and test the proof-of-concepts.
When freight forwarders deliver export freight at BRUcargo, the operational team of Aviapartner will be assisted by the smart (safety) glasses, provided by Iristick. If damage or shortage is detected during a cargo acceptance check, the warehouse operators can automatically start a checklist by scanning the MAWB (Master Air Waybill) number without the need of paper-based documents, nor handheld devices. Operating on voice command, the smart glasses can help to fill in checklists and allow for high quality pictures to be taken and added to reports. After a checklist is finished, information is sent live to the cloud.
A visual representation of the ideal scenario that the companies are aiming to create is below:
According to Iristick, this month, a new milestone in the project was reached by testing and validating two new proof-of-concepts. The first proof-of-concept focused specifically on digitising the acceptance checklists for damage and shortage and is currently passing the testing phase. The second proof-of-concept aims to improve handling processes by automating a shipment’s label recognition through the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and has almost finished its first development sprint.
Iristick added that by working to innovate and improve the current operational processes in the air cargo industry, the proof-of-concepts being tested by the partnership have the potential to tackle multiple manual tasks and procedures within ground handling operations. To evaluate the potential future value of smart glass technology within the airfreight sector, field testing was based on the following four criteria:
The company stated that based on the feedback that was gathered from the testing week, it is now aiming to create a future-proof scope that will allow for a more efficient handling process, with an ultimate aim of “changing the future of the air cargo industry” through the implementation of XR technology.
For more information on Iristick and its industrial smart glasses solutions, please visit the company’s website.
Image credit: Air Cargo Belgium / Iristick