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November 21, 2018



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[VIDEO] Futurist Envisions How Aviation Will Evolve Over the Next 50 Years

In this episode of APEX Insider, founder of the 311 Institute and self-proclaimed “fanatical futurist” Matthew Griffin takes APEX Media director Maryann Simson on a journey into the far future of aviation. He claims artificial intelligence will be able to “determine criminal intent,” Wi-Fi will “detect whether or not people are ill” and 3-D printed dyes will allow cabin colors and designs to change with the flick of a light switch.

APEX Media | Related [VIDEO] Claudia Sender on How LATAM Group Cares for Pax & the Planet – APEX Media



Zipabout Plans to Launch Multimodal Operator Alliance to Improve PaxEx

UK-based company Zipabout is creating a commercial operator-led consortium that it says will improve the passenger experience through multimodal collaboration. Due to launch publicly next spring, the company claims the operator alliance will work to “develop a self-regulated, GDPR-compliant framework of data, revenue generation and ethics” aimed at increasing customer engagement and providing a personalized door-to-door journey for passengers across any mode of transport.

APEX Media | Related Seamless travel: the challenges to true intermodal MaaS – Intelligent Transport



Chinese Airports and Airlines Are Spending More on IT and Cybersecurity

Airlines and airports in China are investing more than their counterparts in other parts of the world in IT and cybersecurity. According to the SITA 2018 Air Transport IT Insights report, Chinese airports increased funding from 5.6% of revenue in 2017 to 7.5% in 2018, compared to a global average of 5.7%. SITA also found that Chinese airports and airlines are implementing cybersecurity measures at a higher rate than elsewhere in the world.

Business Traveller | Related More Than 95% Of Airlines and Airports Intend to Invest in Cybersecurity Over Next Three Years – APEX Media



Hundreds of TAP Cabin Crew Attain Portuguese Wine Certification

Hundreds of TAP Air Portugal’s cabin crew have successfully completed training in Portuguese wines. Around 400 of TAP’s cabin crew now have attained ViniPortugal Level 1 certification and 58 have completed Level 2, an accomplishment that comes with the title “Wine Advisor.” The move is part of the airline’s TAP Wine Experience initiative, which aims to promote Portuguese wines to consumers outside the country.

PAX International | Related Turning Honey Into Wine: Ethiopian Airlines Serves Bee d’Vine Mead – APEX Media



FAA Certifies STG Aerospace’s liTeMood for Airbus Aircraft

The FAA has certified STG Aerospace’s LiTeMood lighting solution for Airbus A318, A319, A320 and A321 aircraft. LiTeMood offers more than 16 million colors to create bespoke mood lighting scenes. “Winning both EASA and now FAA certification is a testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved in the STG Aerospace team,” said Dr. Sean O’Kell, director of Innovation for STG Aerospace.  

Inflight Online | Related Volotea to Install STG Aerospace’s liTeMood Across Airbus Fleet – APEX Media



HTTPS Has Made Airport Public Wi-Fi Much More Secure

Public Wi-Fi networks in airports are a lot more secure than they used to be, according to a security researcher. “A lot of the former risks, the reasons we used to warn people, those things are gone now,” says Chet Wisniewski, principal researcher at security firm Sophos, who added that the advent of HTTPS means that browsing the web on public networks is much more secure than it used to be. “It used to be because almost nothing on the internet was encrypted. You could sit there and sniff everything … I’m telling people to enjoy public Wi-Fi, whether they’re at Macy’s for Christmas shopping or at the Hilton.”

WIRED | Related Survey: Most Employees Unaware of Travel Security Threats – Nextgov



Heathrow Appoints SITA to Upgrade Airport-Wide Communication Network

Heathrow has signed an agreement with SITA to overhaul the airport’s extensive communications network. Over the next 16 months, SITA will introduce automated “self-healing” technologies that can identify and fix problems before they cause more serious issues. Heathrow said the upgrades will improve the resilience of its network and reduce how long it takes to repair issues. “[It’s] an innovative service management solution that is more effective but also can be scaled to meet our continued growth,” said Stuart Birrell, Heathrow’s CIO.

SITA | Related SITA, British Airways and Heathrow Conducting Blockchain Trial for Operational Data Sync – APEX Media





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Association News

2019 MultiMedia Market: Now Two and a Half Days

Save the Date for the now two and half day MultiMedia Market in Dublin, Ireland on 15-17 April. Tier 1 booking opens on November 26. You can view the entire book schedule here.


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