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International standards for real-time monitoring of Flight Data
Meeting in Malaysia will bring together ICT and aviation industries
Geneva, 01 May 2014 – Following a
call from Ahmad Shabery Cheek,
Malaysian Minister for Communications and Multimedia, ITU and the Government of
Malaysia will organize an Expert Dialogue on Real-time Monitoring of Flight
Data, including the Black Box – the need for international Standards in the Age
of Cloud Computing and Big Data, 26-27 May 2014, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The impetus for the event, to be hosted by the Malaysian government, is the
complex investigation into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370
which departed Kuala Lumpur, 8 March 2014.
The difficulties surrounding the search for the aircraft has highlighted the
need to improve the identification and tracking of commercial aircraft in
Information and communication technologies (ICT) are instrumental to the safe
and efficient operation of tens of thousands of flights each day. Modern
technology solutions could aid in monitoring the location of aircraft, thereby
improving the efficiency with which authorities launch rescue efforts in
emergency situations, for instance, by leveraging cloud computing and big data
On-going discussion, at various levels and on a range of platforms, is
considering the feasibility of streaming flight data from aircraft to the ground
in real-time. Subjects debated within this discussion include the geographical
coverage of proposed monitoring systems; the type of data to be transmitted to
the ground and the required transmission rates; data security, storage and
analytics; ownership of flight data; and the costs and changes to business
models required to implement such systems on a global scale.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families affected by the deeply
troubling disappearance of flight MH370,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I.
Touré. “As the multi-nation search for the missing aircraft continues, we must
undertake immediate steps at the international level to increase efficiency in
the tracking of aircraft. This event will serve to accelerate on-going efforts
to achieve consensus on real-time tracking solutions for the aviation industry.”
Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Malaysian Minister for Communications and Multimedia:
“Malaysia wishes to contribute towards this international effort to find
solutions to track commercial aircraft in real-time and we are confident that
this will ultimately result in a concrete outcome. We are still searching for
MH370 more than seven weeks after the disappearance of the aircraft. This work
may not help us locate our aircraft or its black boxes; but we hope that with
these measures, no other country, people or family will ever have to go through
what we are now enduring.”
Government and industry agree that the way forward should be to find
technological solutions based on international standards.
In order to take stock of proposed technology solutions as well as the
challenges and barriers to their global adoption, and to move this discussion
forward, Malaysia’s Ministry of Communications and Multimedia is hosting the
invitation-only meeting 26-27 May 2014 at The Royale Chulan, Jalan Conlay, Kuala
Lumpur, Malaysia. The opening session and press conference will be webcast.
Invitees will include representatives from ICT solution providers, airlines,
international organizations, satellite and avionics companies, terrestrial
solution providers and governments.
This first meeting of experts is expected to draw up a roadmap that will
chart the way forward in terms of coordination with the various stakeholders to
seek ICT solutions for the real-time tracking of flight data.
For more information, please contact:
Chief, Media Relations and Public Information, ITU
Senior Communication Officer
Telecommunication Standardization Bureau