AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands: October 27, 2016. A government and corporate-backed venture aimed at improving cargo flow through Amsterdam known as the Smart Cargo Mainport Program (SCMP) is busy developing 'smart' projects with the support of Schiphol Cargo.

The program, also supported by KLM Cargo, Dutch Customs and Cargonaut, has received €375,000 of Dutch government funding plus support from both integral players in the airport community as well as the University of Delft and Hogeschool Van Amsterdam.

Smart schipholCargonaut executive director Nanne Onland said the SCMP is aimed at making Schiphol the 'smartest' airport in the world through data sharing and cooperation in order to achieve improved cargo flow.

Holland Flower Alliance's data transfer initiative, whose members include importers Fresco Flowers and Royal FloraHolland, is one of the first projects to successfully utilize elements of the Smart Mainport Program, explained Onland.

Head of Schiphol Cargo Jonas van Stekelenburg said of the venture: "This is a tangible innovation push for members of the Schiphol cargo community, aimed at realizing efficiencies, reducing costs, and enhancing services."

KLM Cargo recently headed a project aimed at improving supply chains through Schiphol together with Jan de Rijk Logistics, Swissport, Kuehne+Nagel, Cargonaut, Schphol Cargo and Dutch Customs.

As a result, the group is to set up a Cloud platform to support administrate data and the exchange of shipping information.

"The Smart Mainport Program is all about that; to ensure maximum value to our customers and strengthening the ground processes with all stakeholders. That is the power of innovative co-operation," commented Marcel de Nooijer, EVP KLM Cargo and managing director of Martinair Holland.

(Pictured left to right: Jonas van Stekelenburg, head of Cargo, Schiphol; Marcel de Nooijer, EVP Cargo, KLM; and Nanne Onland, executive director, Cargonaut, at the Air Cargo Forum in Paris.)