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Delta CriticalATLANTA: March 06, 2018. Delta has introduced Bluetooth to replace manual tracking of its ULDs and the more than 500 million kilos of cargo it flies annually.

"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.

Real-time ULD tracking information will allow Delta's cargo control center to more accurately monitor and reroute shipments that are delayed due to weather.

The new tracking system will also enable Delta to produce electronic unit control receipts, which is required by IATA when ULDs are transferred between other companies in the supply chain.

Delta says its is the first airline to offer a fully automated solution for customer transactions having deployed readers in 23 locations since 2016. By the end of this year, 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 says its current GPS-enabled cargo tracking products, including a recently-announced service for highly time-sensitive shipments called Equation Critical (right), will remain available for both narrow body and widebody aircraft shipments on domestic and international flights.

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