AI technologies to improve safety in aviation sector: World Aviation Safety Summit

49187794823 70c56dcc61 cThe World Aviation Safety Summit, which has taken place in Dubai, displayed new artificial intelligence (AI) technologies that will help improve safety in the aviation sector

In a session on how new technology can reduce incidents, experts from dnata displayed on stage the ‘Oscar bot’ - an Alexa-style solution that can help safety specialists report incidents in a more efficient and effective way.

The Oscar bot enables managers and operators to report in real-time exact details of incidents and receive feedback and planning options through AI-enabled technology.

Susan Morton, IMS Sustainability and Responsibility Manager, dnata commented, “The aviation sector has always been at the forefront of innovation and the development of new technologies. At this year’s World Aviation Safety Summit, we have shown the potential impact of artificial intelligence solutions and how they can be used to enhance safety. We look forward to seeing how this area progresses, as more solutions are developed and upgraded.”

Ruben Martinez Sevillano, director at ALG, led a session on how Big Data is being applied to aviation safety and safety intelligence. He showed how AI is already being widely used in the industry to enhance traffic forecasting, optimise flight routes, increase the predictability of operations and identify potential threats and safety hazards. The session advised the industry to move to a more proactive approach through the use of data, for analysis of events and precursors and advise on improvements in regulations and procedures.

Martinez Sevillano said, “Safety predictive models will be based on the analysis of information and data from different aviation stakeholders, such as civil aviation authorities, ANSPs, airports, airlines and MROs.We need to break data silos and share data on operations to be able to improve our safety levels.”

According to a survey by NewVantage, 97.2 per cent of companies said in 2018 that they were investing in Big Data and AI. A forecast from Research & Market put the global AI market in aviation at US$2.2bn by 2025, posting a 46.65 per cent growth (CAGR) compared to 2018.

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