Hyderabad: GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo (GHAC) on 25 March announced a partnership with Singapore-based technology start-up StaTwig to roll out a new technology-based solution for tracking and monitoring of vaccine shipments handled at the airport's cargo terminal.

The MoU was signed by Saurabh Kumar, the CEO of GHAC, and Sid Chakravarthy and Nrupul Ponugoti, the co-founders of StaTwig, in Hyderabad.

Mr. Kumar said the new technology would enable the delivery of enhanced real-time visibility and status information on vaccine shipments to customers. "We are confident that the combination of GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo's domain expertise in vaccine handling and StaTwig's proven Blockchain technology-based VaccineLedger platform will further strengthen the vaccine supply chain at this critical juncture in the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic," he added.

Given its well-established position as the major pharma hub of Indian Air Cargo and one of the primary gateways for vaccine exports from India, GHAC through this exclusive partnership will leverage the Next-Gen Blockchain technology to deliver enhanced track and trace solution and real-time monitoring of vaccine shipments at GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo Terminal.

The development assumes significance given Hyderabad's position as one of the biggest vaccine manufacturers globally, with the region set to produce over 3.5 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine doses over the next couple of years to aid the global battle against the pandemic.

"GMR has always been a pioneer when it comes to leveraging the latest technology to deliver enhanced value and better experience to our customers and airport infrastructure users. This partnership for VaccineLedger is in line with the same focus on technological leadership and customer-centricity and we are hopeful that in these crucial times when every single vaccine counts, this strategic step will help ensure safe handling of vaccines," said Mr. S.G.K Kishore, ED (south), chief innovation officer of GMR Airports.


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