Impact of Smart Technology in Aviation Industry

The aviation sector was forced to adjust to the "new normal." This has resulted in airports making everything as contactless and computerised as possible.

Fremont, CA: The aviation sector was forced to adjust to the “new normal.” This has resulted in airports making everything as contactless and computerised as possible. Many airports, for example, have already changed the check-in process to reduce human-to-human interaction, and digital signage guides customers through the boarding procedure. Security clearance and advanced object and body scanning technologies, paperless boarding cards, and an automated boarding process are some instances of rising digitalisation. This is connected via IoT protocols and is analysed and decrypted by AI and machine learning algorithms. 

Let’s look at emerging information technology trends that are set to drive more efficient airport operations.

1. In-Flight Connectivity

While many of the developments have been geared at enhancing operational efficiency or capacity, advances in IT will continue to support various client preference trends. One of these fields is in-flight entertainment. This year, airlines are scrambling to guarantee that their in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems are updated with today’s consumer expectations. Systems with hundreds of movies and TV episodes to choose from, smartphone and tablet compatibility (including USB-C charging), interactive maps, surround-sound audio, and, of course, in-flight wireless access are all included. 

2. IoT and Cloud Technology

Like many other industries, the aviation industry is migrating to the cloud. This not only helps to lower the most-criticised carbon impact, but it also provides numerous other real benefits. To begin, cloud-based networks serve as the infrastructure for the plethora of IoT-enabled devices being installed across airports, providing the capacity to monitor the passenger autonomously through the check-in and boarding process, bringing various benefits, such as increased security. Second, airports are expensive to operate. Even little efficiency gains from IoT-enabled sensor-based PoE lighting can result in significant cost savings. 

3. Blockchain

Almost every industry is experimenting with blockchain, and aviation is no exception. At the moment, blockchain is most commonly used in aviation production to maintain an immutable and shareable record of aircraft parts and systems during manufacturing and maintenance. As a result, they can estimate maintenance events more accurately, optimise production operations, and extend the life cycle of specific parts. On the other hand, Airbus is integrating blockchain-based solutions into its supply chain tracking and procurement departments and using this technology to support faster, more secure transactions and enhance efficiencies throughout the supply chain. 

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