As we close out 2019 and enter into a new decade, the Connected Aviation Today editorial team is interviewing a number of industry experts to gain their perspectives on key milestones for 2019 and looking ahead into 2020 with their predictions for the connected ecosystem. In this podcast, Joel Otto, Head of Connected Airplane Digital Strategy and Business Development for Collins Aerospace, shares his perspective on the evolution of the connected aviation ecosystem.

Joel Otto, Head of Connected Airplane Digital Strategy and Business Development for Collins Aerospace

“A major part of the ecosystem is the trial and deployment of biometrics to simplify passenger flow and make the passenger experience much better,” said Otto. “We are also seeing the continued adoption of connectivity solutions for the cabin and using data to enhance overall operations. In addition, as the connected ecosystem evolves, cybersecurity remains a priority.”

Otto also points out how data rights, usage, sharing, and ownership for the industry will continue to be a challenge – highlighting a need to break down data silos across the entire ecosystem. He notes how we are still in the trial phases for new aviation innovations and yet we will continue to see more technology adoption in 2020.

“The biggest thing we will see in 2020 is the fleet-wide adoption of data and analytics programs,” added Otto. “Though, the industry needs to start having a dialogue and discussions around data usage rights to enhance value and develop best practices for cybersecurity. Overall, 2020 will be the year where we transition from trial to adoption, where we will see full scale deployments come to life.”

Listen to the full podcast below: