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Aerospace ID Technologies Research Programme
Keywords: Aerospace engineering, Research
Cambridge (UK): Cambridge Auto ID Labs recently announced the formation of a global partnership with leading blue chip aerospace organisations, key standards bodies, solution providers and universities to address barriers to wide scale adoption of radio frequency identification (RFID) and other ID technologies in the aerospace sector.
The Aerospace ID Technologies Programme is being led by the Cambridge Lab as part of the global consortium of Auto ID Labs. The ambitious research and development programme will be in partnership with founding industrial members Boeing, Airbus, Aviall, VI Agents, and not-for- profit organisations ATA and SITA SC. The programme is complementary to industry projects such as the very successful Airbus-Boeing Global Aviation RFID Forum, and the activities adoption programmes being managed by ATA and IATA.
RFID tags and other data storage techniques mean that significant amounts of information can be stored on tags fixed to components or consumables. This programme focuses on the challenges and potential benefits to the aerospace sector which are presented by identification technologies, and will provide organisations with the opportunity to support and steer key research into the adoption and deployment of appropriate ID technology.
“Our programme will provide the underpinning R&D support to the industry initiatives in the ID technology areas. Through specifications for networked ID solutions the programme will address key issues such as appropriate tag prices and functionalities and methodologies for achieving greater benefits from each ID solution. RFID is a key platform for this programme but not the only one” said Duncan McFarlane, director of the Cambridge Auto ID Lab and Research Director of the new programme.
Jens Heitmann, Senior Manager, Systems and Equipment Standardisation at Airbus said “Airbus sees this research programme as a key industry wide effort in overcoming obstacles to implementation and developing deep understanding of the issues involved in the deployment of these identification technologies”.
Charles Kienzle, senior VP Operations at Aviall said “RFID holds immense promise for making the seamless, fully integrated supply chain much more of a reality. Working together with other industry leaders on this initiative will accelerate progress toward that goal”.
Rene Azoulai from SITA SC said “As a co-operative entity owned by the air transport industry, SITA SC's mission is to address issues of common interest for our members, especially communication technologies, standards and services which help the industry reduce its costs and achieve greater business efficiencies. SITA SC is keen to participate in the Auto-ID programme as the implementation of ID technologies offer a great potential for improvements in the airline, aerospace and airport sectors”.
The programme will draw on expertise from across all of the seven globally located Auto ID Labs and in addition to key end-users also will involve global R&D organisations and solutions providers.
The Cambridge Auto ID Lab has more than fifteen years of cumulative experience in developing and driving standards for ID technologies. The results of their projects can be seen in the successful deployment of RFID tags in supermarkets and FMCG manufacturers around the world. The Cambridge Lab forms part of the worldwide network of Auto-ID Labs which have extensive experience in all aspects of this technology. The Cambridge Auto ID Lab is part of the Institute for Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge.
The Institute for Manufacturing is part of the University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering. Our activities encompass industrial services, research, education and courses that aim to provide a clear understanding of the challenges facing manufacturing today.
Details available from: Auto ID Lab, University of Cambridge. Tel: +44 (0) 1223 76 56 08, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org