KLM and Schiphol invest in Dutch startup Undagrid

Mainport Innovation Fund (MIF) has invested in the Dutch ‘Internet of Things’ startup Undagrid. The investment made in Undagrid will enable the company to propel international growth and allow them to enter new markets. MIF as an investment fund is a partnership between KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Rabobank, and the Delft University of Technology.

Undagrid is an award winning Dutch startup, named ‘Sprout Startup of the Year 2014’ and ‘Best Internet of Things Startup’ by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology of the European Union.

“Undagrid technology makes it possible to track non-motorized vehicles at Schiphol Airport in real time, at low costs. This ensures optimal use of the vehicles, so we need less of them. Hence, it enables us to cut expenses considerably,” says Erik Swelheim, Managing Director & Chief Financial Officer of KLM.

Undagrid technology has been applied with GSETrack, a joint venture of Undagrid and S-P-S International. This track & trace solution ensures that non-motorized objects or ones not connected to the power grid can be easily traced in an energy efficient manner. The application is used in places such as Schiphol Airport, where baggage carts and aircraft stairs are fitted with Undagrid network technology.

Objects share information

The devices on the objects transmit information to nearby devices, which in turn relay this information to others in their vicinity. This is how ground equipment such as dollies, carts, and staircases communicate their position to each other. An operator can check the location remotely via the cloud or a dashboard, which makes maintenance and equipment management for example more efficient and cost effective. Each device only needs one battery to keep the network operational for years at a time.

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