Tata to develop tracking system for Chennai

Bhadra International India Limited, which handles cargo at the Chennai airport, has contracted Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to automate its cargo management processes including systems to track cargo going in and out of airport while presenting status reports to airlines, according to the Express News Service. Bhadra chief Prem Bajaj said the cargo coming into […]


Bhadra International India Limited, which handles cargo at the Chennai airport, has contracted Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to automate its cargo management processes including systems to track cargo going in and out of airport while presenting status reports to airlines, according to the Express News Service. Bhadra chief Prem Bajaj said the cargo coming into the airport cannot be tracked at present. “Boxes come in just with the addresses they need to go to. We plan to create a bar code for them as soon as they are unloaded and weighed. The cargo will go for further scanning only after this process,” Bajaj said. “Even when Customs want some of the consignment opened for inspection during check-in, those boxes will be identified separately and the consignor/ airlines will be able to track the status through information feeds on an online system,” he added. Bajaj added that the system would help to check theft and damage to a great extent as the consignment would be under constant vigil. “Even while the cargo is loaded on pallets to be taken it into the aircraft, a mother bar code will scan these boxes and identify them. The numbers have to tally all the time,” he said. While this application was for cargo leaving the Chennai airport, the loaders have already been provided with battery-operated tractors, forklifts and transporters for handling cargo. “Agents freely accessing the cargo unloading area of the aircraft is a problem. We will restrict their access. Damage to consignment is another issue. Here also barcodes will help. It will show the status of the consignment and the agent who picks up the parcel will get a screen notification with updates. Any consignment going out of the premises without bar code will be caught on sensors, which will be installed at the exit points.” Bajaj has also hired personnel from the Special Protection Group and National Security Guard to create a cargo security system.