Next generation aircraft have IoT (internet of things) at their core and feature advanced sensors capable of generating terabytes of data. Airlines are beginning to recognize the value of effectively analysing the data, coupling it with the latest communications systems to make their maintenance programs pre-emptive instead of reactive.
Most of the industry agrees big data offers tangible benefits, especially where operational, maintenance and cost efficiencies are concerned. However, the problem to date has come through the interpretation and exchange of the data – how do we identify which patterns are and are not relevant, and how do we use that to deliver a real benefit? Moreover, can the industry establish a collaborative model that will allow a continual flow of data between the stakeholders?