Dublin-based Aerospace Software Developments (ASD), one of the largest provider of RFID tracking solutions for the aerospace and aviation sectors, has further strengthened its position in the Middle East region by implementing a project for Dubai-based airline flydubai with its latest software.
According to ADS, flydubai has begun using the latest version of a cutting-edge technology that tracks the cleaning cycles of each seat cover to help maintain the highest standards of in-flight hygiene and safety.
The latest RFIDAeroTrack software by ASD enhances efficiency by monitoring the cleaning of aircraft seat covers through technologically advanced RFID tags that are attached to individual seat covers to provide a unique identification. This enables the airline to keep track of the seat covers at every stage of the cleaning cycle and life span via RFID handheld scanners and labels, ADS said in a statement.
Seat covers are scanned when removed from the aircraft and any seat cover that has reached its maximum number of cleaning cycles is taken out of service. The remaining covers are scanned again at the time that they are dispatched to the laundry, and tracked and labelled at various stages of cleaning, to keep track of their cleaning cycles and life span.
ASD: catering specially to aerospace and aviation markets
Commenting on the partnership, Mick Hills, Senior Vice President of Engineering and Maintenance at flydubai, said:
“We are always looking for new and innovative ways to help us to improve efficiency. RFIDAeroTrack has provided a solution to help manage the cleaning of our seat covers using the latest developments in technology and we look forward to the benefits that this service will provide.”
ASD and flydubai have been working in partnership for seven years, and in 2014, ASD implemented the first RFID solution in the aviation sector in the Middle East at flydubai. Since the implementation of RFIDAeroCheck, to track presence and expiry of emergency equipment on aircraft, ASD and flydubai have successfully implemented RFIDAeroTrack to address a number of flydubai business requirements.
Dave Browne, Managing Director of ASD, stated:
“ASD has worked closely and successfully with flydubai for many years and this latest enhancement continues to demonstrate ASD’s ability to innovate and implement functionally-rich cost-effective solutions. ASD very much value this partnership and look forward to our continued business relationship with flydubai.”
This latest RFIDAeroTrack application functionality provides numerous benefits to the airline and aids compliance with all safety regulations. It also provides support for the management of the precautionary measures in relation to Covid-19. In addition, the application reduces the time to manage the removal and return of clean seat covers, as well as unnecessary cleaning costs by monitoring of the number of times that a seat cover is cleaned. The technology also enables the tracking of seat covers across multiple locations and helps maintain high standards of cabin cleanliness for the well-being of passenger. The system is also able to manage a variety of other laundered items that need to be tracked and monitored, it said.
Based in Dublin, Ireland, ASD specializes in the development and implementation of mission-critical applications based on the latest RFID technology which are specifically designed for the aerospace and aviation market sectors. ASD's solutions are standards-based, GS1-Certified, and SPEC2000-Compliant.
ASD personnel have been involved in the aerospace sector since 1996, developing and implementing legacy, client server and J2EE web-based applications, the company said. “We specialize in RFID technology and applications. Our clients list represents the leading operators in the aviation industry,” it added.
The company has found international success for its innovative products, counting the leading operators in the aviation industry – Emirates, Delta, American, Lufthansa, flydubai and others– among its clients.
Over the past 10 years ASD has built upon its initial solutions and now has a suite of six products including RFIDAeroTag, which allows for the printing and encoding of tags, and RFIDAeroSecure, which allows for the placement and tracking of security labels in various parts of the airplane. Drawing on its significant expertise of RFID technology, ASD also offers a range of consultancy services.
Where the RFIDAeroCheck and RFIDAeroSecure solutions are used for the on-aircraft solutions, RFIDAeroTrack is used on the ground in facilities to track and monitor the movement of parts, processes, and people. It can be used to track from receiving dock to storage area, from storage area to point of use in a hangar or in a back shop. It can also be used to monitor COMAT shipments from Base to Line Stations.
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