Internet of Things
Technology is an incredible thing. We are currently seeing massive leaps and bounds in the field, especially in data and its place in the technology field. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the future, as well as the present.
So what exactly is IoT, besides the future of the internet?
How it Works?
IoT is a more effective use of data in whatever realm it is applied to. It has the ability to drastically enhance reliability, quality, fuel efficiency, and even customer satisfaction … and it is just getting started. When the IoT network is embedded into electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and other networks- it allows the objects to connect and quickly exchange data. An early example of this would be automated assembly lines.
Data is King
This data is incredibly valuable, not only because of the expediency of the transportation, but because of how much it is able to collect. Typical IoT systems host a vast array of sensors built to collect data and to communicate the reported levels with the “main system” as well as other sensor’s so that they may make real time adjustments. There are roughly 3 billion IoT network systems in circulation throughout the globe, and there have been estimates of close to 30 billion by the year 2020 .
IoT in Aviation
Now that we have the basic understanding of IoT and its place in the world, we can look in detail what these technical applications can do for the aviation and airline industries. The future of IoT in the aviation business is bright, as they are already being incorporated today. The uses vary from accessing incoming and outgoing passenger’s phones locations to control the flow of traffic to provide a simpler experience, to Rolls Royce implementing thousands of sensors in their turbines and varying parts to directly communicate with control towers, and other airports to be able to make immediate corrections when needed.
In controlling the flow of car traffic towards and away from the airport, it provides a more pleasant experience for the customer, which in turn makes them more likely to return. The arguably more impressive of the two, the ability to live track aviation parts while an aircraft is flying is already proving to be incredibly useful.
Typically, most engines today have fewer than 250 sensors. Now, imagine what an engine with 5,000 sensors would be capable of in producing 10 gigabytes of data … per second. It’s revolutionary and the aviation game is sure to be forever altered. With instant access capabilities, it will allow for maintenance troops to be able to immediately detect any issues with the aircraft and take precautionary measures to have the needed adjustments or parts ready upon the plane’s touchdown.
The Future and Now
Because IoT is still evolving, we have yet to find out the full capabilities it has to offer. We do know however, that by incorporating artificial intelligence, it will continually learn and better itself. The future looks bright for IoT.
Please stay tuned here, on our PartsBase Blog, for the next piece on revolutionizing technology that will forever change the aviation, aerospace, and technology fields.