Future of Aviation in a New Age of Technology - Naimish Sinha
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. Streamlining of the earnings, expenditures, accounting, and reconciliation of frequent-flyer points via assets' tokenization into pervasive and digital become easy with the Blockchain.
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, cabin, and measure legroom, etc.
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 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 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. 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.