A new connected system for tracking pets being transported in aircraft cargo holds has been introduced.
The Digi-Pet solution from Unisys Corporation uses Internet of Things technology via smart sensors attached to the pet’s kennel or carrying case. The sensors monitor temperature, vibration, light and oxygen levels and automatically alert the pet owner and airline staff if any factors require action, according to Unisys.
“Unisys Digi-Pet uses innovative IoT technology to enable air carriers to offer niche pet travel services, allowing them to enter and capture a high yield growing market while improving customer experience and loyalty as pet owners don’t need to find specialized pet or other transport modes for their needs,” stated Venkatesh Pazhyanur, senior industry director of Freight Solutions for Unisys. “Large pets, whether accompanied or not, must travel in the cargo hold.”
The Digi-Pet sensors provide pet owners with full visibility of their pet and the environmental conditions, as well as enabling them to talk to their pet.
Digi-Pet is part of the digital logistics solutions for air cargo carriers called Digistics. The 20 global carriers that subscribe to the system transport more than 180,000 animals annually, according to Unisys.
United Airlines this week suspended pet cargo services as the airline reviews its pet transport policies after some highly publicized issues, including a small dog dying after it was put in an overhead bin during a flight.
Digi-Pet was introduced at the World Cargo Symposium in Dallas.