The Airline and Aerospace MRO and Operations IT Conference descended on a new venue in Noordwijkerhout, near Amsterdam last week for what would be the tenth and largest instance of the European, Middle East, and African leg of the popular aerospace IT conference and exhibition. Emerging Technology was this year’s theme and the Flatirons team was amongst the speakers and exhibitors to present thoughts on the crop of next generation technologies that would be shaping the next ten years of aerospace IT.
Both Boeing and Airbus presented their thoughts on how the Internet of Things and Big Data will be shaping maintenance prognostics and diagnostics in the near future. Case studies from aircraft operators such as Easyjet, DHL and Delta Airlines showed how innovation in the area of mobility, drones and the connected aircraft were improving maintenance efficiency, safety and quality right now.
It fell to the software vendors to peer into the crystal ball and predict how emerging technology will be shaping aerospace maintenance in the near future. Ramco presented the results of their recent collaboration with Air France / KLM and demonstrated some of the early work of their Singapore based MRO Innovation Lab. Their experiments with drones and mobile apps were the main demonstration fodder.
Yours truly delivered a keynote presentation on emerging technology and innovation adoption titled “The Dos and Don’ts of Innovation Technology: or How to Suck Less at Embracing Technology”. You can see the first part of this presentation here, where I shared thoughts on some of the emerging technologies that are likely to have the greatest impact on our industry in the next five years.
I was offered the chance to interact with the audience via the conference mobile app and polled a number of questions with the audience, which encouraged fantastic engagement both during the talk and afterwards. Watch this space for the results of that engagement. There were some fascinating insights to the future of our industry.
The Flatirons team will be travelling to Bangkok in Thailand in October for the Asia-Pacific leg of the conference.