The air freight company’s Bluetooth-based tracking solution came out on top at the World Cargo Symposium in Singapore.


Unilode Aviation Solutions has been announced as the winner of the 2019 IATA Air Cargo Innovation Award.

The air freight company won for its Bluetooth-based tracking solution for unit load devices (ULDs), receiving the award at the International Air Transport Association’s 13th World Cargo Symposium in Singapore.

Unilode’s concept will see ULDs fitted with Bluetooth trackers—instead of external solutions fitted to the air cargo itself—which transmit updates on location, temperature and humidity.

Unilode’s aim is to deliver enhanced value to various stakeholders to solve common issues relating to ULDs and cargo

“Unilode is extremely proud to have won the IATA Air Cargo Innovation Award with its digital transformation program, which will improve control, visibility, transparency, accuracy and safety in the air cargo supply chain,” said Benoît Dumont, Unilode’s CEO.

“Our aim is to deliver enhanced value to various stakeholders to solve common issues relating to ULDs and cargo, and is looking forward to continuing the development and roll-out of its award-winning digitalization program.” 

Congratulating Unilode, IATA’s Global Head of Cargo Glyn Hughes said innovation “holds the key to industry development, sustainability and success.”

“It’s important to recognize the individuals and companies that are driving change,” said Hughes. 

He added: “One of the biggest growth areas in air cargo is special handling items like time- and temperature-sensitive payloads. 

“Customers for these products want to know where these items are, and their condition, at any time during their transport. 

“Unilode’s tracking innovation will make this a reality. I congratulate the company on its achievement and use of data to drive improvements in operational quality.” 

Launched in 2014, the IATA Innovation Award aims to encourage and promote original thinking in the air freight industry, with the successful company receiving $20,000 to develop their invention. 

An independent jury of industry experts, academics and CEOs evaluated 56 entries from across the air transport sector, assessing each individually on the concept, its potential value and the prospect of future success as a revolutionary tool in aviation.