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"We have not yet figured out who pays and how to lower the cost of bandwidth for IoT," said Arni. "Yet despite that, we hear stories such as Air Asia saving $10 million using GE Flight Efficiency Services."

Pivotal has also been working to mask the complexity of Hadoop by putting a simpler Cloud Foundry layer on top of its Big Data Suite. GE's Predix platform uses Cloud Foundry to enable simpler SQL queries on the data.

"Clients and engineers can run queries, analysis and reports without being a Hadoop expert," Arni said.

The attractiveness and potential payback is luring many IoT players to look to the air. Another company building an IoT platform which can be used in aviation is PTC.

"We are embedding new IoT functionality into airplanes," said JP Provencher, senior director solution management, PTC, "Airlines need an IoT platform that connects to everything and eliminates the silos that currently exist."

IoT-enabled Transformation

Everyone these days seems to like talking about next generation services, and the aviation field is no exception. But in this case, it really is a major step change in capabilities. Advances like ADS-B are the tip of the iceberg. The FAA’s Next Gen Navigation Plan 2014 lays out a large number of technologies and upgrades that seek to completely re-architect the current system and establish one that can cope with 21st century air travel and traffic loads, as well as IoT data streams.

"IoT is going to play a big role in transforming industries such as aviation," said Provencher. "You will begin to see smarter, more connected products, systems, manufacturing and operations."

Drew Robb is a freelance writer specializing in technology and engineering. Currently living in Florida, he is originally from Scotland, where he received a degree in geology and geography from the University of Strathclyde. He is the author of Server Disk Management in a Windows Environment (CRC Press).

This article was originally published on July 2, 2015
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