Connectivity

Aircraft Connectivity, Cybersecurity Discussion to Make its Way to San Diego

By S.L. Fuller | December 11, 2017

Google's Max Coppin gives a keynote presentation at Global Connected Aircraft Summit 2017

Google's Max Coppin gives a keynote presentation at Global Connected Aircraft Summit 2017

Facebook, Netflix, Google and Visa are all talking about connectivity. More specifically, leaders from those four industry giants talked about connectivity during the Global Connected Aircraft Summit in June in Arlington, Virginia. Next year’s event — the summit’s fifth installment — is going to be the biggest one yet. And the first chance to book a seat has just arrived.

Early-bird registration has opened for the event, which is taking place June 4 to 6 in San Diego. With the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa as the backdrop, Avionics and sister publication Via Satellite are offering an exhibit hall for the first time, as well as new topics and learning opportunities. (As another “first,” airline employees can attend free of charge.)

The 2018 event will include an all-new “Data & Security Day” June 6. This third day of the summit will focus on the collection, optimization and security of big data.

Highlights from 2017’s Global Connected Aircraft Summit include:

  • Facebook detailing its plans for its Aquila drone.
  • Netflix VP of Finance Spencer Wang’s explanation of connectivity-based partnerships had launched over the past year with several airlines.
  • Google Partnership Development Manager Max Coppin’s detailing of various projects with unmanned aircraft systems and augmented reality.
  • Visa VP of Global Merchant Client Group Todd Gaspard’s invitation to airlines and connectivity content providers to visit its innovation centers located around the world. There, the company is actively partnering with other firms to help create new forms of future-facing technologies to improve the connected air travel experience.
  • United Airlines Director of Information Technology John Merritt’s connectivity case study.
  • Southwest Airlines Electronic Flight Bag Projects Team Lead Will Ware’s explanation of why satellite-based Wi-Fi is a game-changer in the cockpit.

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