Jean Luc Devisscher
October 1, 2020

Singapore-based SATS Ltd and TUM CREATE Ltd have announced that they are exploring commercialisation opportunities for the world’s first AI-powered robotic air cargo system, SPEEDCARGO, to help digitalise air cargo handling.

Using SPEEDCARGO, airlines will be able to optimise their cargo hold based on volume, weight and other criteria with a click. SPEEDCARGO is an integrated solution comprising three products: CARGO EYE, CARGO MIND, and CARGO ARM, which are designed to optimise cargo acceptance as well as cargo palletisation through intelligent ULD planning, and automatic ULD packing, respectively. The AI-powered operating system enables the seamless data connectivity for end-to-end optimisation and improves safety and security across cargo operations. SATS is contributing its decades of operational expertise, along with its premises at SATS Airfreight Terminal, as a test bed to accelerate cargo handling in a sustainable and secure manner. Since October 2018, TUMCREATE has been stationed on site, working closely with SATS during the prototype development phase and for ongoing trials.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) facilitated the industry collaboration with its second Aviation Challenge, where TUMCREATE was awarded SGD 1.9 million for SPEEDCARGO’s prototype development over two years. The project has received SGD 4 million in funding from Singapore’s National Research Foundation, which supports public research performers in the translation of research outcomes into useful products, processes, and services that generate economic and social benefits.