2017 was a memorable year for BRUcargo: the volume of cargo increased, on all routes, on all continents. With 10% growth the milestone of 500,000 tonnes of cargo flown was passed. This growth was seen in all segments: from belly to integrator and full freighter. Steven Polmans, Head of Cargo & Logistics, talks to us about the developments that have taken place since the last edition of Cargo Magazine.
Steven looks back at last year with satisfaction. “There was no question of sitting still”, Steven says. “As an airport you must accommodate growth and therefore we are very busy with excellent projects in the areas of real estate, IT and handling. We are doing this together with Air Cargo Belgium and all the parties in our cargo community. The community is highly committed to together finding innovative solutions for optimising logistical processes at BRUcargo and to be ready for the growth that is still to come.”
BRUcloud developed further
BRUcloud is an open platform for the cargo community at Brussels Airport where data can be shared. In the first instance, when compared to other systems, it is not about existing messages or digitalising communication between parties, but rather to make data sharing in the cloud possible. It ensures that the various stakeholders in the logistical chain can operate as a more “integrated” network and where new digital solutions can be developed.
Data is stored centrally. The moment a company logs in to the cloud, it can exchange information using existing applications with other stakeholders instead of relying on separate 1-to-1 systems with each stakeholder.
At the end of last year the first BRUcloud event took place with the aim of showing the cargo community the possibilities and advantages of the open data-sharing platform. Companies specialising in digitalisation engaged in conversation with forwarders, the airport and Air Cargo Belgium. “Given its innovative character, certainly there are hurdles to be overcome. But recently winning the ‘Information Technology for the Air Cargo Industry’ award in Shanghai shows that we are on the right path”, Steven says.
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