Brussels Airport Adds Blockchain App to Data Sharing Platform
Belgium’s Brussels Airport has integrated blockchain technology in its freight management app, BRUcloud.
BRUcloud is an open data sharing platform launched in 2016 with an aim to make data sharing in a cloud environment possible.
“It enables the different stakeholders of the air cargo supply chain to work more integrated and act as a network,” said Sara Van Gelder, Brussels Airport cargo business development manager. “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.”
According to the Brussels Airport, the integration of blockchain is a next step in the “Landsite Management tool” the airport is developing together with its stakeholders at BRUcargo. BRUcloud will closely cooperate with already existing apps such as the Slot Booking App, or future to be developed apps. Focus of this next phase is on making the import process paperless, more efficient and transparent. It fully contributes to the Brussels Airport strategic objective to have a digitalized logistical flow in place supported by a combination of applications offered via the BRUcloud platform.
“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,” said Steven Polmans, head of cargo & logistics at Brussels Airport and chairman of the community organisation Air Cargo Belgium. “The support of all our stakeholders, from gathering ideas to implementing new tools and applications, is crucial in the success of our BRUcloud platform.”
Polmans added that blockchain is not really increasing transparency because cloud-based services could do the same. But it enables them to digitalize a process that involves important liabilities, with the necessary trust and transparency.
Among the companies supporting the development of the BRUcloud at Brussels Airport from the beginning is DHL Global Forwarding, which is also very active in the different working groups of Air Cargo Belgium.
“DHL Global Forwarding is pro-actively seeking supply chain visibility and transparency tools and improvement areas, in order to facilitate the supply chain of our customers,” said Luc Jacobs CEO DHL global forwarding Belgium and Luxemburg. “We firmly believe that an increasing transparency and reliability will decrease the overall supply chain costs in the future. We support initiatives as the community platform BRUcloud, to support the industry in creating innovative tools to improve the logistic chain.”
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