Internet has become so vital to our daily lives that it is now widely considered a human right. Although we have the means to stay connected on the ground even at the remotest of the regions, the notion of having internet 30,000 feet in the air is still mind-blowing.
Streaming your favorite show or catching up on the latest influencer post seems like a far fetched idea when you are traveling on-board an aircraft at 900km/h or a high-speed train at 300km/h. But disregarding the limited nature and quality, passengers have already been able to access chats, receive notifications, weather updates, and much more for a few years.
As modern transport vessels (planes, trains, buses, ships) now produce hundreds of gigabytes of data during their journey, effective connectivity and systems to manage, offload, and synchronize data have become a necessity than a luxury. In recent years, the pursuit of efficient transport operations and on-board IoT has pushed the need for better connectivity amongst the transportation industry worldwide. Recent developments in on-board connectivity have brought some relief, allowing many of these data exchanges to be done in real-time (ACARS or Aircraft Communication, Addressing, and Reporting System over IP), but a lot is yet to be accomplished in the field.
How to manage multiple connectivity pipes and providers? How to provision and distribute the connectivity on-board? How to standardize inflight connectivity, data synchronization, and integrations with on-board IoT systems? - These are some of the questions that still need to be answered.