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