Airline operations controllers worldwide discuss about "Situational Awareness", but in their daily operations they insist on "seeing it all“ before taking a decision. The question really is - Is this a good approach?
2016 was a challenging year for the Oil & Gas industry. Rampant supply, a weakening global demand, the slowing economic growth around the world were a few factors leading to the woes seen. However, these challenges for the industry present some excellent opportunities. Innovation has never been more critical in the oil and gas industry. The writing on the wall is clear; companies must innovate, or perish!
An Operations Control Center (OCC) manages several complex aspects of airline operations, such as the expensive fleet of modern and old aircraft, large number of crew members, detailed maintenance cycles, optimization of fuel burn, ATC communications, airport slots and so much more. Unfortunately, most OCCs are powered by legacy IT systems that might result in airlines running a high risk of frequent and often expensive disruption in their services. The good news is, Modern IT systems with ‘Situational Awareness’, take a different path. By displaying only the relevant information, they reduce screen complexity, thus enabling users to understand the situation better and take the most appropriate decision.
Pharma logistics today is about the safe and secure transportation of pharmaceuticals from production to consumption while ensuring that integrity of product is not compromised. However, with increasing complexity of the global pharma supply chain to meet the increasing spend in healthcare sector, regulatory requirements surrounding transportation of temperature controlled pharma will become increasingly stricter and wider in scope and reach.
A combination of changing industry regulations, razor thin margins and tough competition is forcing many airline cargo enterprises to reengineer their existing business practices. With the advent of mobile applications and the increasingly favourable disposition of customers towards mobile technology, and due to the increasing availability and ease of performing software upgrades, mobile devices seem to be the most likely candidate to drive inevitable change.
Technology advancement in its latest lap of progress has presented before us, an able contender in the form of wearable devices. Wearable devices includes a gamut of devices that can be worn as a clothing / accessory, and have an amount of processing power, storage and logic. While some of these devices like the activity trackers have already made inroads into the consumer market, many are still in the conceptual and prototyping phase.