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Aravind Ramachandran

Silent airports: Keep the silence, but speak up using technology

Q: What's more annoying than missing your flight because you were a few minutes too late to reach the boarding gate?   A : The same situation as above, except you were present in the airport, checked in and the only reason for your missing the flight is that you just didn't notice it was time for boarding!   Think of silent airports . Granted, such airports do send out text messages reminding you it is time to board, and some even give you reminders through airport-specific apps which you need to download. But the fact remains that it is up to the passenger ultimately to en...
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Daniel Stecher

R.I.P Airline Gantt Charts

The forerunner of the Gantt chart was created in the mid-1890s by Karol Adamiecki, a Polish engineer. A decade and a half later, an American engineer and project management consultant named Henry Gantt made a modified version of the chart which gained great popularity around the world, particularly in industrialized Western nations – thus the name Gantt chart. When the Gantt chart became a common tool among airline users in the 1990s, the Operations Control Center (OCC) was transformed to what it is today.  With the launch of  iFlight Neo from IBS, the era of the Gantt chart is about...
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Aravind Ramachandran

Enhanced security, but no laptop ban: Predictions coming true?

​It is the aviation industry's favorite topic of speculation today, and still an open goldmine for tech companies who think and move rapidly to provide solutions. The so called 'laptop ban' on flights heading to the United States from 10 airports in the Middle East has shaken up the travel plans of business travelers in this sector, and given rise to allegations of veiled protectionism or even political mismanagement. Estimates pegged the lost productivity of passengers who can't work in the air at around $1.4 billion! US Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly had earlier comment...
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Can we think past the ‘ban’? An ancillaries approach
Aravind Ramachandran

Can we think past the ‘ban’? An ancillaries approach

​ The dynamics of air travel are changing – drastically and rapidly. Recent policy decisions in the interest of passenger security have far reaching consequences in terms of convenience, especially when it comes to business travelers. The simplest way to describe the new policy, which is applicable for flights originating from the Middle East and North Africa regions and heading to the United States or United Kingdom , is that laptop computers and tablets (with screen size of 16 cm or more) will no longer be allowed in cabin baggage. However, they can be carried in checked baggage. In a sense,...
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Listen to machines and hear their troubles!
Aravind Ramachandran

Listen to machines and hear their troubles!

"That doesn't sound right!" No matter how advanced machines get, this line will always represent the lower bound for human abilities to identify mechanical issues. Whether it is a $100 blender, a $1000 air conditioner, a $100,000 sports car or even a $10,000,000 aircraft, revving it up must not only feel good, but also sound good to give you full assurance that it is working perfectly. If it sounds a bit off, the logical conclusion is that something's amiss and you need to take a closer look. Interestingly, this is the basis for a growing diagnostics model, where sensors literally 'listen' to ...
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