Aviation applications of cloud computing and big data: First meeting of new ITU-T Focus Group

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission will host the first meeting of the ITU-T Focus Group on Aviation Applications of Cloud Computing for Flight Data Monitoring in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1-3 December 2014. The meeting will define the group’s structure and work plan, setting the agenda for its study of the aviation applications of cloud computing and big data analytics.

The Focus Group is soliciting written input addressing the tasks and deliverables outlined by its guiding Terms of Reference. Participation is free of charge and open to all interested organizations and individuals from ITU’s 193 Member States.

In response to a call in March 2014 from Malaysia’s Minister for Communications and Multimedia, Ahmad Shabery Cheek, for an international effort to find solutions to track commercial aircraft in real time, in May 2014 ITU facilitated an “Expert Dialogue on Real-time Monitoring of Flight Data, including the Black Box – the Need for International Standards in the Age of Cloud Computing and Big Data”.

The new Focus Group, established in June 2014, will answer to the findings and recommendations of the Expert Dialogue, which captured views on the viability of storing flight data on standards-based ‘aviation clouds’. Open to the application of data-analytics and data-mining techniques, such aviation clouds could improve the operational and environmental efficiency of commercial aircraft. Related applications discussed by the Expert Dialogue included engine-health monitoring for predictive maintenance planning, as well as the reporting of meteorological data to achieve fuel savings through more efficient flight routing.

The Focus Group will work in close collaboration with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and other key stakeholders, in addition complementing ongoing studies in ITU’s Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) on the distinct area of global flight tracking for civil aviation. ITU-R studies in this domain recently received further impetus from a new resolution adopted by the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2014 (PP-14) in Busan, Korea, which instructs the upcoming World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) to address global flight tracking as part of its agenda and tasks the Director of ITU’s Radiocommunication Bureau to submit a report on the matter to WRC-15.

For more information, please visit the Focus Group’s website or contact Mrs Shruti Ahluwalia and Mr Martin Adolph at tsbfgac@itu.int or on +41 22 730 6828.


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