Boeing Research & Technology’s Advanced Air Traffic Management Group announced it has successfully completed a pilot research project, having partnered with IBM to develop technologies better equipped to meet the technical challenges of air traffic information control.
The software can assemble and deliver information securely, in a timely manner, to aviation personnel and authorities. In partnership with IBM, Boeing has developed a real-time aviation analysis system.
Better and quicker real-time information and alerts for Pilots translates into the saving of lives. The software means that Pilots are apprised immediately of dangerous situations and are therefore better positioned to respond to and manage them.
The innovative messaging software assists authorities, officials and pilots to make more well informed decisions when unpredictable events in conditions are detected.
The ready availability of timely and accurate information means better response times and decision making of a higher quality. Authorities are able to more effectively react to unforeseen hazardous aviation events armed with reports regarding weather conditions, volcanoes and other phenomena encountered in aviation.
“Responsive, Reliable and Real-Time” (R3) Messaging, created at IBM’s Watson Research Lab, can gather massive amounts of complex data from multiple distributed sensors situated at aircraft, radar and ground locations.
The data captured can then be collated, analysed and delivered, not just in a specific sequence, but also in an accelerated time frame.
Another benefit of the technology is its use in the co-ordination and management of more flights within the same airspace. This is good news considering the fact that flight traffic is anticipated to double or even triple by 2025.
The development of technologies to improve flight safety and traffic co-ordination has been a topical issue as the Federal Aviation Administration announced it is preparing to overhaul its air traffic control systems.
The R3 technology also has applications beyond air services, with potential use in power and water management, weather forecasting and emergency services.
The acceleration and speed of the processing of data via sensors and networks, using multiple location points represents an advance on the prior art in previous messaging systems.
The software has been characterised as “life- saving”. It enhances situational awareness of potential weather and non-weather related aviation traffic interferences.
As stated above, rapid messaging technologies have previously existed, however the algorithms in the IBM software have greatly enhanced the capabilities of information gathering, processing and analysis.
R3 messaging is a valuable tool in that it provides capabilities necessary for more superior aviation information management. The Messaging Software is novel in that it is capable of discovering routing paths and scheduling delivery of messages with a great degree of precision and reliability. It renders possible the migration of critical and time-sensitive information between the physical and digital realms.
In aviation unpredictable events occur, unfortunately with a degree of predictability. The innovative and sophisticated nature of the technologies embedded in the software lead to better management of aviation events such as off-course aircraft and airspace restrictions.
IBM has been at the cutting edge of technology, particularly with it’s recent manufacture of chips which enable it to integrate electrical and optical devices on the same piece of silicon, enabling chips to communicate via light pulses, in lieu of electrical signals. See CMOS Integrated Silicon Nanophotonics