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NASA Eyes Blockchain Tech to Secure Aircraft Flight Data

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NASA – the National Aeronautics and Space Administration – is examining blockchain technology as a means to ensure the privacy and security of aircraft flight data. Ronald Reisman, an aero-computer engineer at NASA Ames Research Center, published a paper on Monday, suggesting that blockchain networks and smart contracts can help mitigate some security issues. Starting Jan. 1, 2020, the U.S. has been mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to use a new surveillance system – Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) – which will publicly broadcast aircrafts’ identity, position and other information. That has raised security concerns among stakeholders, Reisman said in his paper, explaining that the ADS-B system “does not include provisions for maintaining these same ai
NIIT Flies High on Blockchain to Deliver Quality Aviation Experience

NIIT Flies High on Blockchain to Deliver Quality Aviation Experience

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One of the world’s leading IT solutions companies, NIIT, has fruitfully implemented its blockchain and Alexa applications making use of IATA’s Airline Industry Data Model (AIDM) to provide top quality travel experience to the airline passengers. According to a press release, dated October 4, 2018, the new solutions were showcased at IATA’s Global Airport Passenger Symposium (GAPS) 2018, being held in Athens, Greece from October 2-4. Quick Settlement and Reconciliation of Transactions The use of distributed ledger technology (DLT) can potentially provide numerous benefits to the aviation industry. As per the press release, NIIT Technologies’ Alexa application will enable the passengers to have more granular information about their flights – including bookings, and frequent flyer details. IA
Air France-KLM Partners Winding Tree on Blockchain-Based Aviation Supply Chain Project

Air France-KLM Partners Winding Tree on Blockchain-Based Aviation Supply Chain Project

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Air France-KLM, one of the world’s largest airlines, announced on October 4, 2018, its aim of cutting costs for passengers by removing intermediaries from its supply chain processes, was fulfilled after a partnership was signed with blockchain-based travel booking specialist Winding Tree. Cutting Costs and Growing Profits In the highly competitive world of passenger aviation, customers are very responsive to even the slightest price advantages, and this is what the airline hopes to exploit under the new partnership. According to Air France-KLM, its deal with Winding Tree will enable it to test and develop the company’s blockchain technology with the hope of eventually turning it into an enterprise-level solution for the aviation giant. A statement from the airline reads in part: “[Air Fra
US Navy Launches Blockchain Research in Mission to Improve Tracking System

US Navy Launches Blockchain Research in Mission to Improve Tracking System

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A U.S. Navy command is exploring the potential of blockchain technology in tracking aircraft parts. The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) – which provides material support for aircraft and airborne weapons systems for the navy – announced in a press release Friday it is investigating whether blockchain could trace parts through their life-cycle more efficiently and cost-effectively than with current methods. "Knowing the origin and history of flight-critical aircraft parts is a resource-consuming process that drives up the cost to operate military aircraft," NAVAIR explains. With existing systems, after delivery, parts are tracked using a paper-based process and manually recorded on a database. However, the naval command has kick-started research that hopes to switch Naval Aviation Enterp