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MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 02/04/2014
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(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The malaysian minister for communications and multimedia speaking in dubai calls upon the international telecommunication union to develop leading edge standards

The international telecommunication union (itu) has agreed to malaysia’s call for developing a technology that will transmit black box data in real time to data centres on the ground to further increase passengers’ safety in the air.


The malaysian minister for communications and multimedia called upon the itu to develop leading edge standards to facilitate the transmission of flight data in real time. the minister was speaking at the itu world telecommunication development conference which is taking place in dubai. malaysia believes that information and communications technology can play an even bigger role in the aviation industry in the wake of the flight mh370 mystery according to the minister.


Itu secretary-general hamadoun i. touré said: “we must ensure that aircraft can be tracked in real time so that such an unprecedented and tragic incident does not occur again. the itu is committed to work on the standards that will take advantage of big data and state-of-the-art cloud computing.”


Malcolm johnson director of itu’s standardization bureau said: “the itu will invite avionics and aircraft manufacturers along with satellite operators and airlines to work on new standards to track aircraft in real time.”


“we share the anxiety expressed by minister ahmad shabery cheek and will take steps to urgently address this situation” johnson added.


Malaysian airlines flight mh370 went missing on march 8 while on a routine flight from kuala lumpur to beijing. a number of countries have joined the search for the missing aircraft and its 239 passengers and crew currently deploying search aircraft and vessels to scour vast tracts of the southern indian ocean.


The malaysian minister urged the itu to work with industry to develop a better way to constantly monitor flight data and what is happening in the cockpit. “with the advancements in the ict today we should be able to retrieve and analyse this data without necessarily locating the black box. i believe that this simple change may have brought a different outcome today. in this context i cannot help but note that whilst communications technologies have evolved drastically in the past five years the story of the black box remains unchanged from 30 years ago” the minister added.


All commercial airlines and corporate aircraft are required to install and use ‘black boxes’ to track a number of flight parameters. the flight data recorder (fdr) is designed to record the operating data from an aircraft’s systems including pressure altitude airspeed vertical acceleration magnetic heading and position of control systems. cockpit voice recorders or cvrs record what the crew say and monitor any sounds that occur within the cockpit. these monitoring equipment provide investigators with vital clues about the cause of an accident.


“inmarsat would be happy to work with the itu to develop a global solution to the challenge of tracking commercial aircraft” said chris mclaughlin senior vice-president external affairs of inmarsat the british satellite telecommunications company which helped provide clues to the possible track flown by the missing boeing 777-200.


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