US airline Delta has introduced Bluetooth tracking to its cargo operations and reckons it will soon become the first US passenger airline to provide, real-time tracking for unit load devices.
Delta Cargo handles more than 500 million kilos of cargo annually. The technology will replace manual tracking for all shipping containers, called ULDs, which move cargo shipments, baggage and mail globally.
Shawn Cole, Delta vice president – cargo, said: “Our innovative tracking technology, in conjunction with our 24/7 cargo control centre, gives us the competitive edge when it comes to serving our customers.”
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.