IBS’ iCargo embraces latest IT innvoations

Air cargo is all about selling speed cost effectively. Air cargo faces the risk of being edged out by competition from other alternatives. So, the need for faster end-to-end transit times, greater reliability and improved efficiency have never been greater; hence, the need for air cargo industry to innovate and stay relevant. By Manfred Singh.

IBS’ iCargo embraces latest IT innvoations

No one knows this more than V K Mathews, founder & executive chairman of Indiaheadquartered IBS Software. Speaking about the need for speed in air cargo, Mathews said: “90 per cent of the transit time of air cargo is spent not moving but waiting to be moved. Thus, there are huge opportunities for improving efficiencies.” There is then a strong case to significantly reduce the number of individual processes in the supply chain and the way out, according to Mathews: A greater adoption of IT and global programmes like e-Freight and Cargo 2000.

IBS was one of the first to recognise the importance of IT in the aviation industry. Set up in 1997, the IT giant provides the industry a wide range of aviation IT products spanning across passenger services, flight and crew operations, airport operations and aircraft maintenance engineering. However, its core strength is in cargo operations.

Today, more than 70 per cent of the air cargo movement in and out of Japan and Australia is powered by IBS’ iCargo software. Among the software users are All Nippon Airways, British Airways, Indigo, Qantas, South African Airways, Nippon Cargo Airlines, Lufthansa Cargo, Turkish and more.

A key facet of iCargo is that it was conceptualised by the industry. Developed in collaboration with five major airlines, which formed the “Core Group of Influence” (CGI), the software is, according to Mathews, “in every respect, an offering by the industry, for the industry. As a result of its forwardlooking nature, iCargo is fully capable of handling the most current business practices, yet flexible and innovative enough to accommodate evolving and futuristic requirements”.