Boeing-787 generates 500 GB each flight

Today Airlines are facing the situation where they have to upgrade their IT infrastructure due to new demands for high traffic volumes for recent gene...


Today Airlines are facing the situation where they have to upgrade their IT infrastructure due to new demands for high traffic volumes for recent generation of aircrafts. For example, IT director of Virgin Atlantic David Bulmen says: “ The new passenger aircraft Boeing 787 Dreamliner generates more than 500 gigabytes of data per one flight you which you need to store and handle.
According to Mr. Blumen almost every key detail within the aircraft is connected to the Internet including engines, flaps and landing gear. If you are having technical problems with any of the modules the engineers know about it in advance and do the necessary preparations to repair just before landing. All nodes together generate about terabyte of data in a single flight. Some of this information is transmitted to the base in real time directly in the flight. Boeing 787 Dreamliner is an airliner belonging

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to a new generation aiming to replace the old market model of Boeing 767. At the moment they have built up 49 copies with the retail price of each airliner coming between 206 to 244 million of USD depending upon the modification. The basic model is considered 787-8 to 210 seats and “expanded” model offers 787-9 to 250-290 seats.

Thus, the aircraft generates such a huge amount of data companies have to find technical resources for processing it. Taking that into account the Virgin Atlantic airline is planning to organize their own data center (called a “private cloud”) as well as rent public cloud services available to handle unclassified technical information coming up. “The company also tried to create a custom solution based on Hadoop technology but the attempt was not a success one because of the poor training of programmers working in the airline” – said David Bulmen. Virgin Atlantic is now in talks with companies that provide hosting services and data processing.

According to the CIO of the Company they would not be able to handle the situation without their own data centers. So the Airlines need to prepare well to increase the flow of other information such as passenger baggage start automatically processed using RFID. Over the last year the information flows Virgin Atlantic have doubled, and in the future can grow even faster.
In fact, airlines nowadays are slowly turning to IT companies since their main task becomes to process the information. Similar changes are taking place in many other industries. As a result, increasing demand for programmers in all sectors of the economy.

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