Sharing information for Collaborative Disruption Management
Daniel Stecher

Sharing information for Collaborative Disruption Management

In the movie The Matrix, there is a chilling scene where one of the crew members looks at a black screen full of green numbers and characters, and starts describing the virtual characters he sees through them – most memorably, the pretty girl in the red dress. He knows, because he created her. But no one else can see her in any form other than the massive amount of code and bits that appear on the black screen. That is the best description you can imagine, for the legacy systems that still plague the Operations Control Center (OCC) of many airlines around the world. Yes, some of these oth...
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This is why airlines are not ready for Bitcoin just yet
Aravind Ramachandran

This is why airlines are not ready for Bitcoin just yet

​ Customer : Can I pay you in bitcoin? Ticket counter agent : Mmm, no. I am sorry. Customer : Why not??? It is the currency of the digital age! Ticket counter agent : I'm sorry, we do not accept bitcoin. Cash or card? Customer : But why not? This conversation could be happening right now, at the ticket counter of any major airline, in any of the busy airports around the world. Interestingly, both parties are quite right and perfectly justified in their positions on the topic. So let us look at both sides of the coin and try to explain why. Bitcoin, despite the initial bad press about being use...
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3 product design priorities to make pets safer in cargo holds
Radhesh R Menon

3 product design priorities to make animals safer in cargo holds

Globally, the air cargo industry clocked a massive 2 quadrillion kg-km as per World Bank statistics for the past year. Meanwhile, IATA confirms that while the year 2016 saw growth doubling by volume, the first half of 2017 has been the strongest ever for the industry so far in this decade. Confidence levels are tremendously high within industry circles, although public perception may have taken a hit from the headlines surrounding Simon, a highly prized rabbit who met his end in the cargo hold of a prominent global airline earlier this year. While the exact cause of the animal's death remains ...
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Soul searching for tech innovators
Aravind Ramachandran

Soul searching for tech innovators: Tell customers WHY not just WHAT

Once upon a time, people would thank technology for letting them do things they never dreamed possible. Those times are gone, and people are harder to please than ever before. Today's users want to get things done faster, easier, more efficiently and at a definite cost advantage over the long term that would ultimately pay for the technology itself. Otherwise, investing in technology just doesn't make sense! ​ ​ HAX , a hardware accelerator which supports multiple start-ups in the robotics space, recently hosted a demonstration of the technologies developed under their incubation. A common con...
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Aravind Ramachandran

Aviation in Africa: Need for local partnerships and an economic challenge

​The continent of Africa has a total of 54 independent countries, but international trade to and from the region is dominated by just five countries. Growth is steady on the whole (around 1.5% in 2016 and 2.6% in 2017) standing just behind Asia as a continent, and expected to strengthen in the coming years. But some countries in the region stand out - Ethiopia has been growing at 10% by IATA estimates while Kenya shows a 6% growth rate according to World Bank estimates. This distribution of trade across the expanse of the continent calls for a good connectivity network as can be provided only ...
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