As Connected Aviation Today looks back at 2018, we are reaching out to experts to talk through major milestones in the industry and expectations of how the connected aviation ecosystem is going to evolve in the coming year. In this podcast, Joel Otto, VP of Strategic Business Development for Collins Aerospace, shares his perspective.

“It is important to understand that the aviation industry has been connected for a long time – as far back as the 1920s – and it has been evolving ever since then,” he tells us. “At the end of the day, all of this evolution and change is focused on bringing about frictionless travel.”  This concept encompasses all aspects of travel: from the aircraft that share the airspace to the passenger seeking to get to and through the airport as quickly as possible.

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Otto points to an acceleration of the industry and more advancements of the connected ecosystem through consolidation and acquisitions. The recent acquisition of Rockwell Collins by United Technologies to form Collins Aerospace, is just one of these examples, but there were several others over the past 12 months.

“2018 is the year of exploration and trials,” Otto tells us.There are many technologies and solutions that are on the market today that have been tested in the aviation industry, but there are still many challenges in terms of capacity and seamless connectivity.

Yet, Otto predicts that the industry will move from the trial phase for emerging technologies, such as biometrics, and will begin to streamline the process to create a more frictionless travel experience.  Want to learn what Otto’s big prediction is for 2019? Listen to the full podcast for his 2018 reflections and 2019 predictions on the connected ecosystem and the frictionless travel experience by clicking the image below.

Frictionless Travel

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