Having ‘digital twin’ versions of your resources can be valuable for a number of reasons. It allows you to run complex simulations, and makes it easier to prepare for otherwise unforeseen circumstances. With interest in digital twin technology at an all-time high across a wide variety of industries, the aerospace and defense industries are pioneering its adoption. Example applications include engines and landing gear.
Data has the power to revolutionize and disrupt the way societies are governed. None more so than open data, which is free to access, free to use and can be shared by anyone. It’s non-personal and can be used to identify and predict large-scale trends and behaviors. Applications such as the FlightXML API allow customers to design their own applications that leverage extensive open-source aviation data.
Quality control has been a key factor in manufacturing since Henry Ford first introduced the assembly line system. We have obviously come a long way since then. The traditional assembly line still exists in many forms, even though machinery has replaced many manual processes. Research has shown that this step can be doable by machine learning algorithms.
The aviation and postal industries have long been traveling towards automatizing parts of their customer journey. Instead of having to go to a postal office to drop off your package, PostNL recently introduced parcel machines where customers can leave their packages for pick-up 24/7. Similarly, Schiphol has been a frontrunner in introducing self-service bag-drop machines at their airport, effectively eliminating manual check-ins.
ShipChain is a blockchain-based platform designed specifically for transport and logistics companies. Through the use of smart contracts, it’s able to track shipments from the beginning to the end of their journey — as it leaves the factory and makes its way to the customer. All of the information about its travels are recorded in the blockchain, which triggers smart contracts once the terms are fulfilled.