Safran presents SOPHY, the connected trolley at WTCE
Safran introduces SOPHY, a breakthrough solution to measure the quality of catering operations.
SOPHY (ancient Greek for knowledge) is a universal trolley add-on that makes it possible for airlines to measure and further enhance their catering operations throughout their entire catering process chain.
With SOPHY airlines can get access to information helping them to take the right business decisions to further improve efficiency, reduce costs while enhancing their inflight product offering. Operational and business information will become available on the key milestones in their catering operations including handover, cleaning, food quality, stock and maintenance.
The solution is easy to integrate in existing and new trolleys fleets, resulting in low implementation efforts. SOPHY is designed to resist demanding conditions that are inherent to daily catering operations. All tags are watertight and temperature resistant, ensuring perfect operation in the aviation industry. SOPHY complies with worldwide regulations and certification standards.
Developed in partnership with Undagrid
The mature and tested technology is developed together with Undagrid, a specialist in Internet of Things Solutions for the aviation industry. The company provides already autonomous dynamic asset management at more than 20 airports worldwide.
Norman Jordan, CEO of Safran Cabin says: “Thanks to the partnership with Undagrid, we will be able to provide our customers with a product that will bring valuable insights on their catering processes; this product will allow them to further improve their daily operations.”
“The introduction of SOPHY is the result of the cooperation between our two companies. From the initial design-thinking process to the final steps for this market introduction: Safran has shown leadership in future-acting. Their believe in a connected trolley and how to make this a reality, can be seen as an example how new initiatives can be launched in the global aviation industry”, said Undagrid CEO Rolf van de Velde.
The Sophy solution will be presented on the Safran stands on Aircraft Interiors Expo (7B40) and World Travel Catering Expo (4E10) in Hamburg from 2-4 April, 2019.
The four founders of Undagrid started in 2014 with the development of power efficient sensors based on unique communication technics. After the first roll-out at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the company grew very successful in the last three years and is now active at more than 20 different airports worldwide. Due to its innovative character Undagrid won numerous awards in the past, which has now been confirmed by its customers in the aviation industry. The company has offices at Schiphol and in Enschede.