A fo­rum on in­no­va­tion and dis­rup­tion

The Air Cargo Fo­rum In­dia (ACFI) re­cently held an in­ter­ac­tive sum­mit that fo­cused on how tech­nol­ogy is trans­form­ing the air cargo in­dus­try. The event saw de­lib­er­a­tions through a mix of ple­nary ses­sions on in­no­va­tion in the sec­tor.

Cargo Talk - - Aviation -

The sum­mit was in­au­gu­rated by Jayant Sinha, Min­is­ter of State for Civil Avi­a­tion (MoCA), Gov­ern­ment of In­dia, fol­lowed by Van­dana Ag­gar­wal, Eco­nomic Ad­viser, MoCA, Bi­noy Ku­mar, Spe­cial Sec­re­tary Lo­gis­tics, Min­istry of Com­merce & In­dus­try along with the in­dus­try veter­ans.

The event saw de­lib­er­a­tions through a mix of ple­nary ses­sions for a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the com­plex forces in the field of in­no­va­tion for air ca­gro. Sinha dis­cussed how In­dian avi­a­tion is in­no­vat­ing in cargo trans­porta­tion tech­nol­ogy to be­come the next global avi­a­tion hotspot. Ac­cord­ing to him, the in­dus­try has huge po­ten­tial and un­der the lead­er­ship and vi­sion of in­dus­try ex­perts with the gov­ern­ment ably part­ner­ing in the process, the in­dus­try will cer­tainly achieve the set mile­stones. Agar­wal says, “Among the tor­rent of tech­nol­ogy, whether it is ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, I have told that around 40,000 ap­pli­ca­tions are be­ing brought out in the travel sec­tor alone. The ques­tions re­main, what are we do­ing in the air cargo sec­tor? It is cru­cial to un­der­stand; are we keep­ing pace with the tech­nol­ogy or lag­ging be­hind it?”

Tushar K. Jani, Pres­i­dent, ACFI, said, “The lo­gis­tics in­dus­try is work­ing on three pil­lars; In­ter­net of Things (IoT), ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and robotics. With IoT, In­dia has done quite a bit and will con­tinue to do bet­ter be­cause the pen­e­tra­tion of smart phones and in­ter­net is go­ing to be high­est in In­dia. The in­dus­try, that is air­ports, CHAs, for­warders, ex­press com­pa­nies, car­ri­ers, etc, is now tuned to the IoT. More­over, as far as IoT is con­cerned we are look­ing for more in­no­va­tion; most of us has mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tions to keep a track of their par­cel.

Se­condly, ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence is go­ing to trans­form the well-be­ing of the en­tire world. Third is robotics, where ex­press com­pa­nies have taken a lead in terms of au­to­matic sorting.”

He adds, “The gov­ern­ment is run­ning faster than all of us on dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion and tech­nol­ogy. It is up to us now, how we can col­lab­o­rate with the gov­ern­ment, work with them and bring in the con­cept of in­no­va­tion and dis­rup­tion in air cargo. With dis­rup­tion, I mean, chal­leng­ing the in­no­va­tion scheme and knowl­edge.”

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