The aviation industry was affected badly by the pandemic but is now rising with technology and digital transformation. Here is an overview.
The aviation industry was one of the worst-hit sectors with the arrival of the pandemic. With restrictions still on international and domestic flights in many countries and certain borders closed, companies are looking for ways to adapt and move forward. While existing tech and services are being revamped, there's also the need to keep security and safety as utmost priorities. From customer service to sanitary measures to pilot training, the aviation industry maximizes efficiency and operational tactics across the board.
Digital transformation of various industries and enterprises and the tech trends that govern them play a vital role here. With the arrival of cloud computing, machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), big data, etc., many industries were already transforming, but with 2020, the process has accelerated manifold. Here is a look at some of these technologies and how they are changing the aviation industry for good.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
The aviation industry started using the possibilities of AI even before the pandemic. Aircraft monitoring, facial recognition for security, check-in, etc., are examples where AI has streamlined processes over the years.
Currently, flight simulations and training protocols are seeing a wider-scale application of AI. Combined with machine learning, AI can recognize and process patterns and related data and input the results in simulatory environments. The fact that AI systems can go through thousands of hours worth of simulation data in minutes and infer conclusions will reduce many human resources needed in the area.
E-Learning in the Aviation industry
E-learning programs are now used for most initial training processes for both pilot trainees and in-flight crew. With social distancing protocols and travel restrictions, aspiring flight personnel cannot attend in-person classes. E-learning environments facilitated by aviation companies and outsourcing partners provide the required training material and accommodate larger class sizes, not being restricted by physical environments and spaces.
Robotics and Automation
AI-powered autonomous robots are not a strange scene anymore in many major airports. These robots are being used for activities such as luggage transportation, passenger assistance, running automated vehicles, customer greeting, and other logistic support.
5G and Connectivity
Since aviation is such a time-sensitive industry, it is essential for systems within to communicate in real-time and make decisions. The connectivity speeds associated with 5G technology and its low latency nature come in handy for the aviation industry in making its various processes efficient. In-flight connectivity is also changing, providing more immersive experiences to passengers and the crew. The world is yet to see the whole extend of standards that 5G sets, and we can't wait to witness it.
Cloud Computing in the Aviation Industry
We can doubtlessly say that cloud computing has acceptance and applications across all the facets of the aviation industry. For operations, it is in terms of analytics with the help of IoT devices, connecting supply chain, and scheduling maintenance to reduce delays. For airports, biometrics, digital twins, etc., improve passenger experience and security protocols. New cloud-powered devices and experiences make for more reliable travel for pilots, cabin crew, and passengers for in-flight needs. For aviation company management, cloud tools help in determining strategies derived from cloud-powered data analysis.
The various tech trends mentioned above and cloud computing can help define the growth of the varied business components in the aviation industry. Further along the line, an experienced cloud provider can help enterprises with the adoption process. At VEXXHOST, our cloud services are based on OpenStack, making the environments free from licensing fees or vendor lockins. For many of our clients, private clouds are the preferred choice because of their highly scalable and secure nature.
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