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Industrial Internet Consortium Announces Smart Airline Baggage Management Testbed


June 7, 2016
By Business Wire News

NEEDHAM, Mass.

The Industrial Internet Consortium® (IIC) today announced a new airline and passenger testbed: Smart Airline Baggage Management. IIC member organizations GE Digital, M2Mi, and Oracle are leading the testbed project, supported by integration specialist InfoSys. Additional industry collaborators are slated to join the testbed including aircraft manufacturers and airlines.

The Smart Airline Baggage Management testbed, part of a broader aviation ecosystem vision, is aimed at reducing the instances of delayed, damaged and lost bags leading to lower economic risk exposure to the airlines; increasing the ability to report on baggage including location to prevent theft and loss; and improve customer satisfaction through better communication including new value-added services to frequent flyers.

The testbed is also aimed at addressing new baggage handling requirements in International Air Transport Association (IATA) Resolution 753 requiring more comprehensive solutions for baggage handling by June 2018 also outlined in IATA’s 2015 White Paper, “Simplifying the Business.”

The testbed will bring together fragmented systems driving solutions to make airlines and airports more efficient in baggage handling across the aviation ecosystem. The testbed will be hosted on Predix, GE’s cloud-based platform for the Industrial Internet. Oracle is providing airline applications built on the Oracle Airline Data Model (OADM). M2Mi is providing device management, connectivity, data handling and instream analytics to connect edge devices such as smart luggage, airport baggage trucks, scanners and beacons to the platform applications. The M2Mi Intelligence® application will run on Predix and the Oracle Cloud and will also provide policy management and enforcement, and security and encryption to the critical network infrastructure.

The initial phases of the testbed will be hosted and run at M2Mi’s labs on NASA’s Research Park at the Moffett Field airfield in California.

“The success of the Industrial Internet requires team work across the ecosystem, and this testbed is a great example of collaboration,” said Shyam Nath, Industrial Internet Architect, GE Digital. By hosting the testbed on Predix and working with M2Mi and Oracle, we hope to help airlines increase efficiency and improve passenger experience.”

To learn more about the Smart Airline Baggage Management Testbed, visit http://www.iiconsortium.org/baggage-management.htm.

To see the full Press Release visit the IIC Testbed page and click on the Press Release link under Resources.

About Industrial Internet Consortium
The Industrial Internet Consortium is an open membership organization with over 250 members from 30 countries, formed to accelerate the development, adoption and wide-spread use of interconnected machines and devices, intelligent analytics and people at work. Founded by AT&T, Cisco, General Electric, IBM, and Intel in March 2014, the Industrial Internet Consortium catalyzes and coordinates the priorities and enabling technologies of the Industrial Internet. The Industrial Internet Consortium is managed by the Object Management Group® (OMG®). For more information, visit www.iiconsortium.org.

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