NewswireOnline:- The global aviation industry is undergoing a drastic change. Modern airlines operate in a different manner today, thanks to the new age of digital technologies. “Powered by new technologies, airlines operations are becoming seamless and customers are enjoying a smooth flying experience. Digital innovations will have a positive impact on the reshaping and transformation of the aviation industry,” as per Naimish Sinha — CTO EaseMyTrip, travel technology expert, digital techi.
Sensor-based Internet of Things (IoT) technologies will support smooth and ongoing monitoring of aircraft systems in-flight for creating highly effective, preventive, and predictive measures that lead to fewer failures, and highly reliable, better, and efficient operations. Internet of Things or IoT technologies enables cabin climate control, big data generation, and air traffic management that can be utilized for making decisions backed by data.
An intelligent airport ecosystem entails real-time data collection through IoT devices deployed across the airport. This helps improve queuing management at security, boarding gates, and check-ins. With RFID and other technologies, it is now possible to track emergency equipment’s expiry and inventory within an aircraft. Other than these, Blockchain is also gaining maturity and being used at large in the aviation industry. Streamlining of the earnings, expenditures, accounting, and reconciliation of frequent-flyer points via assets’ tokenization into pervasive and digital become easy with the Blockchain. Furthermore, Blockchain also allows tracking of the location and status of valuables such as cargo, passenger bags, aircraft spare parts, etc. in a highly immutable, quick, and reliable manner as custody of these assets changes frequently. For this reason, Blockchain is being welcomed widely in this industry.
Immersive technologies in the likes of AR, VR, AMP, MR, XR, and Metaverse are hugely benefitting several airlines today. Metaverse has immense potential in this regard and it can help improve the airlines’ design engineering through inventive collaborations with various digital platforms. Metaverse can also enable the creation of virtual “Avatar” through airlines’ digital tours to customers — enabling them to choose their seats, and cabins, measure legroom, etc. Likewise, augmented and amp, VR (virtual reality) training can provide ground handlers and airlines with a safe environment for repairing and inspecting aircraft, thereby improving overall operations. The engineering team can combine digital twin plus metaverse for repair, maintenance, training, and operations.
Innovation is fueled by the latest developments in the realm of the 5G network. The 5G technology can be a game-changer in identity validation and background check and the implementation of passengers via biometric-based boarding. Furthermore, it may result in increased use of 5G-powered thermal scanners wherein data can be referred to and analyzed at the edge device itself.
The global aviation industry should reach zero carbon emissions in the next 30 years as airlines will invest more in technologies that enable the optimization of fuel costs and help them minimize their carbon footprint. “Other than this, we should expect an increase in the demand and use of ML, AI, and big data technologies. With these, companies will be able to minimize their operational costs and ensure a rich customer experience via personalized services and offers. If we analyze data trends, it is clear that Big Data and AI empower airline companies in proactive decision-making concerning flight operations, customer engagement, flight planning, ground services, safety, aircraft engineering, and so forth. These contribute immensely in revenue management, fuel cost management, predictive maintenance, personalized customer experience, and real-time update among other aspects,” as per Naimish Sinha.
Touchless technologies are gaining momentum in recent years and several such technologies including smart cameras, QR codes, biometric facial recognition, and other robotics powered by big data analytics and AI will be able to provide assistance to customers throughout their journey by air — with no need to physically interact with anyone or anything. This will boost customer experience at airports further with the customers’ faces becoming the boarding pass (eliminating the need for a physical pass). The aviation industry is embracing new technologies rapidly. These technologies’ effective implementation will further help airlines function smoothly and ensure a hassle-free and safe flying experience for customers, as per some online sources.