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Progress and autoID team for catering logistics project using RFID

1st May 2009 - 08:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Progress Software Corporation has entered into a partnership with autoID systems to develop and deliver a logistics and catering system for the aviation industry based on the integration of the Progress Apama Complex Event Processing (CEP) platform and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology.

The project, sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (Germany), and being run in conjunction with Airbus, EADS and the Fraunhofer Institute, aims to create a system that drives operational efficiency in airline catering logistics and their supporting processes.

The system will track individual food trolleys allocated to specific aircraft, locate misplaced trolleys, and allow airlines to offer a better service to passengers, such as offering a wider choice of menus on flights.

The project dashboard will be based on the Progress Apama CEP platform, which will monitor, control and maintain the process in real time. Apama will correlate signals received from the RFID-enabled trolleys in an application developed by autoID systems.

Dr Michael Gross, managing director, autoID systems, commented, “With the vast quantities of data generated from sensors, readers, and actuators, it’s important to have a platform that allows the smooth integration of information on a centralised management dashboard.

“The Progress Apama CEP platform allows airline operators to have a real-time view of all stages within the supply chain. This will save airlines from over-catering.”

Dr Giles Nelson, senior director of strategy at Progress Software added, “This is a really exciting project for us to be involved in, and one that is going to have a dramatic effect on airline catering logistics. We envisage that once the system is fully operational, not only will cost savings be realised, but passengers will obtain a range of benefits, including being able to order a meal just before the flight, specifying what time during the flight it is served to them and even being able to specify how hot the meal should be.

“Improving the operational efficiency of the airline business model is very high on the agenda for the aviation industry. This partnership will go a long way in helping achieve this goal.”

In addition to Progress Software, other companies involved in the project are Airbus, EADS, Fraunhofer Institute and the University of Cologne.

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