Light Detection and Ranging
Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) sensors are nowadays widely used for multiple applications such as autonomous driving, wind estimation and robots.
With LIDAR sensors are decreasing in cost, research in the field has been increasing. A group of researchers from Toulouse, France have recently introduced a new approach to ground aircraft detection at small airports, which could decrease costs of air traffic control drastically.
Saving fuel with computer vision
The sustainability goals of the aviation sector ask for innovative ways to reduce CO2. One of the routes, which Bit has experimented with, is improving the alignment of fuel, speed and flying height to the weight of the airplane.
The better the weight is predicted, the better all parameters can be calculated. Passengers weight is the only weight variable not being measured, but estimated by calculating the sum of the average weight of men, women and children on board.
This means a big improvement can be obtained by reducing the inaccuracy of the passengers weight estimate. Our challenge was to improve the prediction of passengers’ weight without disturbing the boarding process or violating people’s privacy.
In the world of maintenance, repair and operations (MRO), even slight advances in the way day to day technicians operate can be revolutionary. Since this field has a high-cost, low-demand and is asset-intensive, this type of maintenance advancement can make significant waves.
With prescriptive maintenance, technicians have the advantage of knowing when a problem is likely to occur before it does. Because of this, they are able to apply fixes before it’s too late. Plus, they’ll have different options that can be considered and then immediately to ensure resolutions.
Indoor navigation at departure hubs
Since the introduction of Google maps we expect to be guided everywhere, at any given time. Due to the poor GPS signals we don’t get this guidance indoors. Since every large station is filled with routers. Using these routers for triangulation provides you the data to determine one’s location.
Bit has done a project to proved that it is possible to map all these locations and provide a user with a detailed point-to-point navigation. This resulted in 26% increase in customer satisfaction compared to regular routing, and improved navigation speed by 15%.
Predicting crew fatigue
A lack of sleep can have effects on performance, ranging from lack of concentration to severe threats to one’s health. This can impose dangers to your freight or passengers, as well as being an annoyance to your crew. To solve this, some crew management solutions allow addressing fatigue risk.
For example, developers of the Crew Rostering solution from Jeppesen started integrating bio-mathematical models of fatigue into flight crew scheduling software. Their goal is to provide schedulers with the ability to rely on data about predicted fatigue to reduce risks in the planning phase.