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ZURICH/MOSCOW/CHICAGO: June 19, 2019. United Cargo and AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) have signed leasing deals with SkyCell, the provider of temperature-controlled containers combining patented insulation with rechargeable cooling technology.

United becomes the first US carrier to lease the containers equipped with IoT (“Internet of things”) sensors that connect to SkyCell’s cloud-based, blockchain-encrypted software.

SkyCell“TempControl’s transport of vaccines and other high-value biopharmaceutical shipments is increasing rapidly,” said Jan Krems, president of United Cargo. “Extremely precise, long-duration temperature control is required for the safe transport of these highly sensitive shipments. That’s why we’re very excited to launch this partnership.”

ABC is to lease all types of SkyCell’s temperature-controlled containers to meet a rising demand in pharma shipments that reached 3,500 tons in Q1 2019. “With SkyCell containers we have increased the total number of cold-chain special packaging solutions partners aiming at embracing all leading manufacturers to cater to the needs of different customers,” said ABC’s Fedor Novikov, deputy general director Products.

“SkyCell data-collection enablement supports our intention to move further with ‘Internet of Things’ penetration into the industry and step aside from peer-to-peer data sharing to information transparency and availability. On top of this, it fosters an extra piece of mind for our customers to have real-time data in one click,” he continued.

The passive containers are capable of keeping the internal temperature within the range of +2° to +8°C and +15°C to +25°C under external temperature excursions from – 35°C to +65°C to meet the requirements of various pharma manufacturers and logistics companies.

“ABC has one of the most modern airline fleets and, like SkyCell, is committed to greater transparency in the industry. Together we strive to make pharmaceutical logistics safer, more reliable and more sustainable,” declared SkyCell CEO Richard Ettl.

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