Remote maintenance and monitoring of cargo systems
Cargo systems are used daily and play a key role in achieving revenue for airlines. On the maintenance side however, cargo systems are neglected. To ease fault detection and trouble shooting, Telair is already providing since 2003 an on-board visual display as part of the Telair systems to inform operators and maintenance personnel about the technical status of the connected equipment and provide alternate means of system use in case of failures. Despite this feature, loading personnel did reveal corrective actions often take weeks to be accomplished.
With the introduction of the Boeing 747-8F aircraft, standard equipped with Telair cargo systems, a cargo communication system has been introduced and recently certified. With use of a GSM module build into our equipment, as well as using a GPS locator, information is automatically transferred from the aircraft to a ground station as soon as ground power is applied to the aircraft. This enables Telair to monitor the system performance remotely, assist with troubleshooting, provide information to the airline on failing components and, if applicable, prepare and ship replacement components out to the airlines maintenance facility. The airline in the meantime, could schedule instructions, manpower, and parts to enable corrective action.
The system is integrated within the Telair cargo control system and does not interface with the aircraft’s communication system.
New aircraft can be provided with this system, for existing aircraft, when equipped with the Telair Cargo Maintenance Computer (CMC), a retrofit is possible.
Similar equipment can be used for ground applications within cargo warehouses, at ULD docking stations, at pallet build-up areas, on ground handling equipment etc. to work with the Telair RFID ULD tracking system.