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Nallian nails efficiency in busy Vienna


Vienna International Airport has opted for the Nallian for Air Cargo open data-sharing platform and collaborative applications suite. In the first phase, Nallian’s Vehicle Database application will be introduced to control access to Vienna’s crowded cargo area, and is expected to ease congestion and improve security. Nallian’s Statistics app is also


expected to enable the airport authority to better analyse cargo movements. In the future, more apps, such as Slot Booking may, says Nallian, also be added to the Vienna armoury. Vienna Airport is an important


Central and Eastern European air cargo hub. It has a finite apron footprint and, so, observes Nallian: “Digital transformation and lean collaborative processes are the


way forward to support future growth.” The Nallian Vehicle Database


application will be integrated with the Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system already in place at the freight area gate. Businesses using the cargo zone will be able to register vehicles that need to gain access to the area, while consignees will also be able to request access via the application to manage their pick-ups. According to Nallian, the system


will mean vehicles will no longer be idle in the cargo area, while – in the future – the application can be integrated with the company’s Slot Booking app such that access can be granted automatically for registered time slots. Meanwhile, the Statistics app


Hermes helps Luxembourg handler get a grip on cargo


LuxairCARGO, the biggest air freight handler at Luxembourg Airport, has completed the first phase of its implementation of the Hermes 5 (H5) cargo management system. Hermes Logistics Technologies’ cargo


(HLT’s) management


systems are designed to manage all import, export, messaging, service monitoring and accounting processes for cargo handling agents, and the latest variant – H5 – is expected to enable LuxairCARGO to improve its operational and data analysis capabilities. In particular, it will offer what


HLT describes as “advanced trucking functionality” – no small benefit given that Luxembourg Airport acts as a European cargo hub at the centre of many road feeder services. Inbound and outbound trucks


are set up in the system with their own flight numbers and schedule. Each B747F import flight can transfer cargo onto up to 20 outbound trucks, with a similar number of inbound trucks delivering cargo for each export flight. Hermes is used to manage the cargo transfer processes and Customs interactions. Laurent Jossart, executive


vice-president of LuxairCARGO, observes: “For one inbound flight


to Luxembourg Airport, there can be as many as 20 different trucks which transport its payload onto the next leg of its journey. This tailored version of H5 will help LuxairCARGO to handle one million tonnes of air freight cargo a year and save significantly on time and costs.”


Multiple benefits


But it is not just in the trucking arena that H5 will offer new benefit. HLT customised its H5 system for LuxairCARGO and this upgraded version also incorporates a new Customs interface which is designed to speed up cross-border clearance processes (notably, it consolidates all the customs documents for one inbound shipment), as well as real- time tracking functionality and data analysis tools. Improved service management, accounting,


revenue process


automation and the avoidance of failures in service level agreements are all further benefits of the new product. H5 features what the


technology developer describes as “best-of-breed functionality, a contemporary user interface/user experience delivered through a robust Cloud infrastructure”. It can be implemented as a


will – says Nallian – “provide the airport with more granular insights in its global cargo streams”. It taps into existing information, such as air waybill (AWB) data, flight times and cargo types, “empowering the airport to make a more in-depth analysis of cargo flows and take informed decisions about flight routes to develop, sales and marketing actions”. Peter De Leeuw,


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forward – and even to build our own apps upon the platform.” Nallian’s chief executive Jean


Verheyen added: “Our Nallian for Air Cargo suite is designed by and for such visionary air cargo professionals, with the objective of optimising real-world situations leveraging existing data and processes.”


Vienna’s


head of landside and real estate development and cargo development is also enthused, saying: “We are convinced our way to grow is through digitisation and we have found in Nallian the right partner to support us. “We have looked at different


platforms and their’s has convinced us with its flexible modular settings and the fact that it offers us a future-proof solution to reach our goals. seamlessly


with our


systems and allows us to easily add more applications as we move


soſtware as a service (SaaS) tool capable of running within any Cloud service, allowing Internet- enabled devices to integrate with the Hermes framework. The SaaS Cloud version is fully hosted, with a pay as you go option for a yearly total cost of ownership. LuxairCARGO initially migrated


to H5 in October last year and the system is expected to be fully implemented by the handler the middle of this year. “Hermes 5 not only provides the level of automation we require, but also guarantees the possibility to interface with all our other existing operational systems,” says Jossart. “Hermes has also allowed us


to enhance our quality and has contributed to a standardisation of our processes,” he adds.


Global roll-out


HLT began rolling out H5 last year with its implementation at the ALS Cargo Terminal at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Vietnam. It was then adopted by UASL (Ultramar Group) at Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport in Santiago, Chile, GMR Group at Hyderabad International airport in Hyderabad, India, and then with RSA National at Dubai Air Cargo Terminal, Dubai. It is the latest model in


what has been a long process of development of cargo management systems by Bracknell, Berkshire, UK-


Multi-enterprise collaboration


Verheyen tells FBJ more about the company and its product. “Nallian is the world’s first open data sharing platform for multi-enterprise business collaboration,” he says. “It enables the different stakeholders in complex networks to achieve benefits no company could achieve on their own.” The company was founded in


It integrates existing


2012 by Verheyen, with the mission to make the business-to-business (B2B) logistics world “operate as one”. He notes: “We do this one community at a time, starting in air


headquartered HLT, however. Hermes V1 was released as long ago as 2002 and, says Yuval Baruch, the company’s CEO, “Every year [since then] hundreds of days [have been] invested in adding functionality and making the system the most functionally rich system on the planet.” He continues: “This effort


continues today, with adding functionality to our latest version H5


as demonstrated in the


LuxairCARGO implementation, where trucking functionality was developed to a whole new level.” Baruch recalls that the effort to


release H5 took a good year and a half, and included the release of a .NET IT framework to enable additional functionality and a platform for future expansion. Key new functionalities include user interface improvements


cargo.” He describes the Nallian for


Air Cargo product is a unique open platform topped by an open ecosystem of collaborative apps tailored to the air cargo industry. “It empowers


the different


stakeholders in a cargo community to easily connect and share relevant data – across operational landside management processes, regulatory processes, insights and analytics, track and trace – so they can work in a more integrated way and improve performance and transparency for all actors in the network.” Verheyen says that ‘By air


cargo, for air cargo’ is at the heart of the business: “All collaborative applications are developed with leading air cargo actors to ensure a perfect fit with real world processes. The open architecture of the platform enables all users to leverage applications, features and benefits globally, which accelerates adoption and ultimately helps


combined with parallel execution, data creation from XML files, a new central cargo reception for combined import and export functions, export loading and dangerous goods checks at the house air waybill level, manual additions to the notification to captain, as well as the trucking module. What is more: “Hermes


is already in the process of developing additional modules to enhance and complement H5,” Baruch promises. “New products are designed such that customers using them will gain higher operational efficiency and better service provision to their customers.” LuxairCARGO was previously


a customer of ELWIS, another cargo management system. But says Baruch, “Aſter a very


accelerating digitisation and innovation in the industry.” Vienna Airport performed


“extensive market research and compared different solutions” in the process that led to its selection of Nallian as a partner, says Verheyen. But Nallian has other airport customers as well. BRUcargo, the cargo village at Brussels Airport, is another key client, while the Nallian for Air Cargo platform and collaborative apps are also in use at London Heathrow and Belgium’s Liege Airport. Nallian’s Global Pharma Tracker,


a platform providing end-to-end tracking of temperature-controlled pharmaceutical shipments, is being piloted by pharma shippers, airlines, airports and handlers such as Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer and at airports such as Brussels, Singapore Changi, Hong Kong and Mumbai, as well as by Singapore Airlines. Nallian is also working with other types of logistics hubs such as the Port of Antwerp.


thorough request for proposals process, involving the leading CMS providers, LuxairCARGO selected Hermes aſter reviewing the performance of the system at the warehouse of another Hermes customer, Etihad Cargo.” LuxairCARGO will be using


various modules offered by HLT, primarily H5, a dangerous goods regulation module & Hermes BI (HBI). The BI refers here to business intelligence. And, as Baruch indicates, H5


is certainly not the end of the road in terms of HLT’s product development. Hermes NG (New Generation), a platform that complements H5 for a fuller digital experience, is going later live this year for trials. The platform is to provide apps such as E-check-in, Slot Booking, Track and Trace and Ramp Management.


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