Embracing IoT to Drive Innovation
At this stage of evolution in the Aerospace industry, the potential benefits that can be enabled by the Internet of Things (IoT) appear to be unlimited. The IoT will enable improvements in operational efficiency, safety and the consumer experience in ways that we can only imagine today. Drivers behind this potential are not just improved connectivity, but the rapid improvement in storage technology, the miniaturization of computing capacity and the rapid rise in analytical capabilities. Enabling intelligent devices with sensors creates a rich data exhaust that can be combined with existing data already captured on the aircraft. The ability to process this data in seconds both on the aircraft and/or complemented by streaming to the ground, can improve operational support, allow advance positioning of inventory, provide insights into predictive maintenance capabilities that improve safety and increase asset utilization. All of these benefits help make for reduced delays and improved customer satisfaction.
Airline passengers will enjoy enhanced experiences as they travel too. Increased bandwidth that compares to their office environments will enable Business travelers the ability to accomplish data intensive tasks that would have not been possible before, and pleasure travelers will be offered entertainment options such as online shopping and rich streaming video choices that will create a consumer experience which will rival a “living room in the sky”.