Delta Airlines Launch New Bluetooth Tracking System for Container Shipments
Delta Airlines have recently unveiled a new Bluetooth tracking service that utilizes the latest in Bluetooth technology. Delta will become the first passenger airline in the U.S. offer a real-time tracking service unit load devices (ULDs).
This new move marks the start of a new era for Delta Cargo and the 500 million kilograms of freight it transports each year. The old system of manual tracking will now be replaced with this new technology for the tracking of all shipping containers and their goods throughout the world.
Vice President of Cargo for Delta, Shawn Cole said, “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. 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.”
The new system will allow the control center for Delta cargo to monitor more accurately and reroute shipments that may become delayed due to outside influences such as inclement weather.
When fully operational the new system will allow the company to create an electronic unit control receipt, these are required by the International Air Transport Association when a ULD is being transferred between parties. This results in Delta Airlines being the first airline to provide a fully automated transaction solution for their customers.
The airline was the first to test and adopt the Bluetooth technology back in 2016, since that time the company have developed it further and deployed 23 readers to different locations. By the end of the year the new system will be available on every Delta ULD with shipments, being tracked at over 200 airports across six continents thanks to the 1,400 readers in place.
The current GPS system the airline uses including their new Equation Critical service will still be available and continue.