Cyber security, mobility and tracking on Aviation IT smartness radar, China being the major focus

Security for personal information and upfront cost of IoT, the key concerns.

Aviation industry worldwide is going to get smarter in the coming year by incorporating latest technologies like Internet of Things (IoT), advanced tracking systems, identification systems, internet connectivity and high data streaming even during the flight and by making cyber security its chief agendas for coming years.

Almost all airlines are spending a large amount of their IT infrastructure for cyber security. A total of 91% of airlines are involved in cyber security; out of which 72% are engaged in major cyber security projects over next three years, as per the Airline IT trend survey 2016.

Mobile based applications and services, especially for check-in and boarding will also become almost universal by surpassing the 90% mark by 2019, according to the survey.

Single biometric travel token is expected to become a viable alternative to current passenger identity processes. In the next ten years, just over half of airlines (54%) plan to evaluate the technology, while 43% will do the same for Artificial Intelligence (AI), says the report.

Smart baggage tagging and plans to evaluate single travel token and fuel/engine monitoring consumed most of the IT spending for aircrafts. Internet of Things is already introduced to airlines worldwide and is in its infancy within the industry. Most common IoT-enabled initiative of fuel/engine monitoring has been implemented at only one in five airlines (22%), as per the SITA report.

By the end of 2019, nearly three-quarters (74%) of airlines will provide wireless internet access to passengers and 70% will provide multi-media streaming to the passenger’s own device. Most of the projects are predicted to take off by 2019, as per the research.

China has been the focus of these developments. Chinese airlines are ahead of global levels for many self-service technologies. Most of the Chinese airlines (80%) have plans for a major program on cloud, 44% on predictive analytics, and 90% on data centers, according to airlines trend IT survey.

Security and upfront cost of implementing IoT devices were cited as major concerns by the CIOs in the survey. Developing machine-learning techniques and invasion of passenger privacy were also bug threats for the airlines, as per the report.

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