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London Heathrow, UK
7th-8th November 2017


Please find the Internet of Aviation conference programme below

Conference Day One: Tuesday 7 November 2017

8.00 Registration & Welcome Refreshments
8.50-9:00 Chairperson’s Opening Remarks
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Can you realistically move forward without IoT?

• Not just the buzzword of the day: How can IoT provide value to Airports, Airlines and Air Traffic Controllers?
• Utilising IoT as part of a broader digital transformation project rather than a one-off technology upgrade
• It’s more than just buying new solutions: Understand the importance of creating sound foundational building blocks

Connecting the world of Aviation and make IoT a reality: Part One, Existing Solutions

• Is Wi-Fi making a comeback?
• Are your technology goals clear? SigFox versus LoRa
• Is 5G or Wi-Fi the best option for retrofitting your older aircraft?
• What’s the investment? Full ROI on connecting your existing fleet

PANEL DISCUSSION: Connecting the world of Aviation and make IoT a reality: Part Two, Future Solutions

• The future of connectivity solutions: What’s available and for when?
• Operational connectivity and IFE: Two solutions or one?
• Is it worth the wait? The business case for new connectivity solutions versus what is already available

Networking Break
IoT: just a data project for the Aviation industry?

• Taking stock of current data: Is there enough? Is it structured enough for use?
• IoT will give Airlines, Airports and Air Traffic Controllers, even more data but how should these fragmented data points be connected?
• What vendor solutions are available to help with your data issues? Is there even a need for one or could this be done inhouse?

Improve revenue and reduce costs by leveraging data produced from IoT

• The art of data science: Why is it so important for the Aviation industry and how do you get it right?
• Real-time analytics: improve operational efficiency in aircraft
• Machine learning: Improving productivity and reducing cost

PANEL DISCUSSION: Getting over one of the biggest inhibitors to implement IoT, age old legacy systems?

• Who has updated their legacy systems? How did they succeed or fail?
• Modifying legacy systems to match incoming fleet of 787 and 350
• Staggering legacy system upgrades to prevent disruption in service
• Utilising solution providers to move from hundreds of systems to a single standardised solution

Networking Lunch
DEBATE: How much digital can a passenger take?

• The case for subtle technology: People still want to work with people! We live in a world with tech savvy millennials but it’s important to remember that these are not the only passengers that travel. IoT should therefore be a subtle experience that helps to equip staff with the knowledge to provide better customer service
• The case for overt technology: Airlines and airports need to be seen as cutting edge, but furthermore passengers need to have a seamless flying experience that is fit for the 21st century. IoT by its very nature needs to visible to passengers and if executed well can help with customer loyalty and retention

Fireside Chat: Why is it important to monitor passenger flow? How is it done efficiently?

• First things first: Maximising passenger flow monitoring to aid with operational efficiency
• Moving to a ‘curb to curb’ model: Enhancing information sharing between Airports and Airlines to better serve the passenger
• Optimising passenger monitoring while ensuring robust data privacy practices

One-to-one business meetings

Network with tech innovators that address your current priorities in these pre-arranged and mutually agreed meetings.
A valuable platform for educating yourself on the latest technology and making informed decisions for your IoT strategy.

WORKSHOP: Reducing downtime, save money with the latest advances in predictive maintenance

• Commercially driven predictive maintenance: Putting together the full costing of scheduled services versus predictive
• Applying big data to aid in the predictive maintenance process
• Using the smart hanger: Current pilot studies that have predictive maintenance at their core
• Getting buy-in from around the world: Overcoming the challenge of having airports that do not have the facilities to help with predictive maintenance
• Virtual maintenance: A breakdown of the latest advances in MRO

PANEL DISCUSSION: Extreme personalisation to help improve passenger loyalty

• What does good personalisation look like for airlines and airports?
• Considering cultural and language barriers in apps
• IFE personalisation: On-board library, comfort and business class
• Airport personalisation: From Check-In to landing

In-Flight Tracking: Are we there yet?

• A timeline to implementation: Where are we now as an industry?
• Responding to change: Harnessing new technologies that are both cost effective and reduce positioning intervals
• The regulatory update: How successful has implementation been to date and what else needs to be done?

Networking Break
No More Lost Luggage: Luggage tracking

• Why has luggage tracking become one of the hottest topic for the connected airline and airport?
• Deep dive into the technology: RFID and beyond
• Putting the passenger at ease to increase loyalty
• Luggage tracking and operational efficiency: Saving the airline money and fuel

CYBER SECURITY SHOWCASE: Defend your systems!

IoT provides Airlines, Airports and Air Traffic Controllers, with cost reductions, happier customers, better data, more efficiency and ultimately a return on investment. The trade-off is that it also makes the industry more susceptible to cyber-attack. Hear best practise cyber security, from both vendors and enterprise through a series of 10 minute presentations covering:
• Securing new aircraft technologies in your critical and semi-critical systems
• Where are your potential threats/ vulnerabilities?
• How can the aviation industry achieve connectivity without compromising security?

Chair’s closing remarks
Take Flight: Evening entertainment and networking drinks

Conference Day Two: Wednesday 30 November 2017

Chair’s opening remarks
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: We have take-off! Scale your IoT pilot study

• Selling IoT internally to a conservative industry littered with silos and waterfall approaches
• Putting together an ROI business case to secure funding to scale your IoT project
• Ensuring that your pilot study has the durability to be reliable, ensuring a successful growth to implementation

PANEL DISCUSSION: Standardisation: The Holy Grail, but how is it achieved?
• How can IoT help create standardised systems?
• Single-solution vendors, that can put everything under one roof
• Let’s fly away…To the cloud: Mobilising cloud storage
• Mapping an eco-system of vendors and associations to help on your standardisation journey
Creating a foundation for aviation: System Wide Information Management

• What is SWIM? Why is it both scalable and reliable?
• Advantages for ATC in comparison to the 2012 legacy systems
• Global issues: Implementing SWIM and areas with poor connectivity and systems?
• Is it worth replacing your current systems?

Networking Break
Please listen to the safety announcement: Providing physical security during a time of insecurity

• How can IoT help to provide better physical security of aircraft and airport?
• The power of IoT to protect physical security versus being intrusive with a passenger’s personal information
• The political climate: Laptops on planes from the Middle East to America, increased terror threat levels and passenger unrest
• Working with intelligence services to reduce threat levels and monitor any potential threats

Fireside Chat: Open Aviation: The API economy and its place in the aviation industry

• An overview of APIs
• What benefits can APIs offer in the aviation industry?
• Understanding the Open API economy as a cultural challenge, not just a technical one
• The advantages of working with other industries that have successfully implemented Open API platforms

DEBATE: Please, no more beacons?

The case for beacons: The ability of beacons to acquire data and personalise the passenger journey means that they remain hugely valuable to the industry and should be part of any investment in digital solutions.
The case against beacons: There is no doubt that the early potential of beacon technology was impressive. However, IoT has evolved and so has the technology. At the end of the day, do you really want to be bombarded with pop-ups as you walk through an airport? The industry should look to explore alternatives

The iPad EFB: Where is the value? What are the costs?

• Quick synopsis of EFB: Who offer solutions in this market?
• The business case for iPad EFB: Weighing up the initial costings
• Learning and development: Equipping staff with the tools through innovative and time-sensitive training

One-to-one business meetings

Network with tech innovators that address your current priorities in these pre-arranged and mutually agreed meetings.
A valuable platform for educating yourself on the latest technology and making informed decisions for your IoT strategy.

Fuel efficiency during a time of political scrutiny

• Political landscape: USA leaving the Paris accord, what will this mean for US carriers?
• Being sustainable: Knowing your responsibilities
• How can IoT help? Updates to critical systems and using your data more effectively
• Working with associations and the industry to solve the problem

So, what’s new? Current technology to improve IFE and Airport management

• Living in a world of virtual reality: From checking in at home to streamlining the security process
• Blockchain: A new buzzword in aviation, but how will it help your aging systems
• Artificial Intelligence: Take IFE to the next level
• Other technologies on the horizon

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH THE REGULATOR: Another roadblock to implementing IoT in critical systems: Certifications

• Understanding the certification process and requirements for global carriers with global hubs
• Weighing up the initial costs versus the innovation
• Working with regulators to see the benefits of updating critical systems

Networking Break
Roundtables: Ethics, Employee Engagement and Safety: The impact of IoT on your employees

During this interactive series of roundtables, participants will be able to discuss the importance of IoT to their employees. Topics to be discuss are:
• Employee engagement at HQ: Utilising IoT to keep your employees happy at work
• Improving safety on board: Equip staff with IoT technology to help them keep the aircraft safe
• Is it ethical to monitor your employees?

PANEL DISCUSSION: How did they do it? Learning how other industries have put together a business case for IoT

This closing panel will bring together experts from the Supply Chain, Manufacturing and Finance industries to discuss how they have successfully implemented IoT within their institutions.
• The basics: How do you prove ROI in IoT and how should you sell it to senior management?
• Know what vendors to pick: What is the decision process, who did you go with?
• Was it worth it? Did the investment pay off?

Chair’s Closing Remarks
End of Conference