Brussels Airport Introduce Blockchain to their BRUcloud Platform

Brussels Airport Introduce Blockchain to their BRUcloud Platform

Brussels Airport in Belgium recently announced the launch of their first application using blockchain technology, further strengthening their position as a leader in digital innovation for the Air Freight Industry.

Launched in 2016 BRUcloud is the open data sharing platform for the BRUcargo community. The main priority of BRUcloud is to make data sharing in a cloud environment possible as opposed to other cargo community systems that focus on digitizing the existing messages and communication between the different actors.

Brussels Airport Business Development Manager for Cargo, Sara Van Gelder explains, “It enables the different stakeholders of the air cargo supply chain to work more “integrated” and act as a network. 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.”

This new application is the next step of development for the “Landsite Management tool” which is being developed by Brussels Airport and their BRUcargo stakeholders. The new application will integrate closely with existing apps and platforms such as the Slot Booking App.

Brussels Airport Head of Cargo & Logistics and Chairman of the community organisation Air Cargo Belgium, Steven Polmans had this to say, “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.”

Mr. Polmans continued, “The support of all our stakeholders, from gathering ideas to implementing new tools and applications, is crucial in the success of our BRUcloud platform, therefore we were extremely pleased that several of our stakeholders where there together with us when we won the award in Shanghai, since this award really is a recognition for each and every individual and company that joined us on this adventure we started some years ago.”

DHL has supported the development of the BRUcloud from the beginning and has been very active in numerous working groups of Air Cargo Belgium.

DHL Global Forwarding CEO for Belgium and Luxembourg, Luc Jacobs stated, “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.  We firmly believe that an increased 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 logistics chain.”

Air Freight Director of DHL Global Forwarding and Vice Chairman of Air Cargo Belgium, David Bellon added, “The air cargo industry needs to increase its efforts on further digitizing its processes, this to create transparency and real-time visibility meanwhile improving the quality of the output. With Air Cargo Belgium and the community platform BRUcloud at Brussels Airport, DHL Global Forwarding has found the right collaborative environment to enhance the air cargo processes through technology and data exchange. We are proud to have been the front-runner in such initiative.”

Another advocate of this application and use of Blockchain is Ground Handling Company WFS, Regional Vice President for WFS, Marc Claesen had this to say, “WFS Belgium is a proud early participant of the BRUcloud project at Brussels, initiated by Brussels Airport. For WFS, this is the way forward in a rapidly changing industry, whereby expectations from stakeholders will only be met in the future by those companies who believe in modernization and industry data sharing. We are glad to be an early adapter of this unique tool and platform and believe that this is only the start of a very promising development whereby the cargo industry as a whole will benefit, with Brussels taking a leading pioneer role.”