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Wed, 7 March 2018

Delta to Offer Real-Time Bluetooth Tracking on Container Shipments

With the introduction of new Bluetooth tracking technology, Delta will soon be able to provide real-time tracking for unit load devices (ULDs).

 The move marks a new era for Delta Cargo and the more than 500 million kilograms of cargo it flies annually. The technology will replace manual tracking for all shipping containers which move cargo shipments, baggage and mail globally.

“Our customers have told us they want improved tracking and immediate transparency for ULD shipments, and this best-in-class product will deliver exactly that,” said Shawn Cole, Delta Vice President - Cargo, “Our innovative tracking technology, in conjunction with our 24/7 cargo control center, gives us the competitive edge when it comes to serving our customers.”

Delta loading cargo onto an aircraft. Click to enlarge.

Real-time ULD tracking information will also allow Delta’s cargo control center to more accurately monitor and reroute shipments that are delayed due to irregular operations, like inclement weather.

When implemented, the new tracking system will enable Delta to produce electronic unit control receipts, which is required by the International Air Transport Association when ULDs are transferred between parties.

Delta was the first major airline to test Bluetooth tracking technology, beginning in 2016, and has since deployed readers to 23 locations. By the end of 2018, the tracking system will be available on all of Delta’s ULDs, with more than 1,400 readers tracking customer shipments at more than 200 airports across six continents.

The airline’s current GPS-enabled cargo tracking products, including a recently-announced service for highly time-sensitive shipments called Equation Critical, will continue to be available for both narrow body and wide-body aircraft shipments traveling internationally and within the U.S..

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