It’s been nearly two months since the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. No trace of the missing Boeing 777 has been found despite the efforts:
- 4,638,370 square-km of ocean have been searched
- 334 search flights have been conducted
- a total of 3,137 hours have been spent in the air
- 10 civilian aircrafts
- 19 military aircraft
- 14 ships engaged in this search for a long period of time.*
Click here to view Maps with brief summary about the search for flight 370
Since the tragic event with flight 370, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is relooking at ways to make better and safer air travel in the future. The FAA announced this past April completion of a nationwide infrastructure upgrade within the USA that will enable air traffic controllers to track aircraft with greater accuracy and reliability, while also giving pilots more information in the cockpit.
Gate to Gate: NextGen Explained, click here to view (Video)
This brings to mind the concept of the “internet of things”. Imagine commercial/cargo planes enabled with Internet, not just for use of passengers, but for logistics purpose as well--machine speaking to machine. With aircrafts enabled with more technology, WI-FI will be able to facilitate real-time data streaming for temperature-sensitive airfreight. This means more visibility for customers to monitor closely their product’s temperature status even during flight.
We will need to wait for legislation to kick in and for the FAA to mandate surveillance transmitting equipment. In theory, we may start seeing this come into effect starting 2015.
As people around the world send their thoughts and prayers to the passengers and crew aboard MH370, and their loved ones, it has become increasingly apparent that finding ways to use technology to improve security and safety measures is taking precedence.
We can’t help and wonder what is in store for cold chain management. What do you think? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.
*Statistics sourced from The Independent via article
Vivian Berni, Senior Advisor, Optimisation
I am a science and technology explorer who is connecting the dots within the life sciences and health care sectors. Logistics and supply chain management are just some of the many variables that I consider daily. Within LifeConEx/DHL, I’m keeping tabs on industry trends while looking for ways to optimise my customers’ business. Prior to this, I was a driver of innovation who was responsible for project implementations affecting customer journey, branding and ideation. Email thoughts, tips and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or follow me on Twitter @vivianberni.