Mercator reports interest in its ULD solution

Mercator, the IT arm of the Emirates Group, says it is in talks with several airlines about adopting its ULD management solution, Nomad. Part of the new generation SkyChain IT cargo system, Nomad is also available as two stand-alone products – Nomad Airline, which allows airlines to track their ULDs globally, and Nomad Airport,which is […]


Mercator, the IT arm of the Emirates Group, says it is in talks with several airlines about adopting its ULD management solution, Nomad. Part of the new generation SkyChain IT cargo system, Nomad is also available as two stand-alone products – Nomad Airline, which allows airlines to track their ULDs globally, and Nomad Airport,which is aimed at ground handlers.

BPP Gajanan, project manager for Nomad, says airlines in particular are starting to realise there are concrete cost benefits to be achieved from efficient management of their ULD stock. He says that since Emirates has been using the system, it has been able to reduce the number of ULD sets it orders for each new aircraft. “It also means that ULD stocks can be increased without having to increase the staff managing them, because the systemtakes over many tasks,” he says.

Emirates and Sri Lankan are currently the only airlines using Nomad, while on the ground handling side it is deployed by Dnata in Dubai. However, Gajanan says talks continue with otherprospective customers.

Nomad has modules covering movement control, inventory control, loaning and billing, damage and repair, and reporting and administration. It is web-based, and so can be easily rolled out to any station that needs it. The solution not only tracks containers passively, but also monitors which containers should be where, and sends out proactive messages in the case ofdiscrepancies.