04 - 05 March, 2019
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Conference Day Two: Tuesday, 5 March 2019

8:30 am - 8:50 am Registration, Refreshments and Networking

8:50 am - 9:00 am Welcome Speech by Chair


9:00 am - 9:30 am OPENING KEYNOTE: Connected Aircraft industry standards: guidelines & benchmarks

  • Understanding the guidelines that govern the connected aircraft ecosystem
  • Role of OEMS & effect of COTS
  • What can airlines and OEMs do to ensure data cooperation

9:30 am - 10:00 am PANEL DISCUSSION: Finding the right balance between Hardware and Software - Building IT Infrastructure that connects to all smart components

Dr. Jassim Haji - Ex Director of IT, GulfAir
  • Improving connectivity infrastructure
  • Overview of Web based and Mobile apps for cabin integration, Weather reporting and flight rescheduling

In aviation.

Dr. Jassim Haji

Ex Director of IT

10:00 am - 10:30 am NEW WAVE- THE GOOGLE OUTLOOK': EXCLUSIVE INSIGHT on the Google Integration throughout the passenger Journey via Augmented Reality and other innovation

Max Coppin - Partnership Development Manager, Google

Max Coppin

Partnership Development Manager

10:30 am - 11:00 am FIRESIDE CHAT: The digital storyline - keeping it real-time for the right decision

  • Bringing passengers real time updates for better passenger experience
  • IoT Vectors of connectivity- creating a single, central enterprise mobility strategy
  • System centric digitisation-creating an open platform to drive digital transformation
  • Need for Cyber assurance for connected system
  • Predictive maintenance for aircraft upkeep

11:00 am - 11:10 am Exhibition tour: Coffee and Networking break


11:10 am - 11:30 am Using AI and Machine Learning to Defend Against Corporate Espionage and Sophisticated Cyber Attacks

Devon Smibert - Director Cybersecurity, WestJet
  • Overview of the modern cyber threat landscape with real examples of tactics used by nation state and sophisticated cyber-crime organisations
  • Why the current approaches to detecting and defending against modern cyber-attacks are failing
  • Fighting fire with fire – leveraging AI, Machine Learning, and automation to level the playing field

Devon Smibert

Director Cybersecurity

11:30 am - 12:00 pm BLOCKCHAIN ADOPTION- Using blockchain for security, efficiency and cost savings.

Sathish Jeyakumar - Chief Architect- Innovation & Technology, Emirates Group -DNATA Blockchain Test
  • The inclusion of Sensitive data and increased risk manifestation in current digital system
  • Core of Blockchain -decentralised and distributed, enabling secure data storage
  • Preventing compromised user accounts from accessing the IoT ecosystem

Sathish Jeyakumar

Chief Architect- Innovation & Technology
Emirates Group -DNATA Blockchain Test


12:00 pm - 12:30 pm AVIATION ENGINEERING- Key consideration Aircraft Engineering and Fleet Management

Yonas Yohannes - Director Aircraft Engineering and Planning, Ethiopian Airlines
How does Aircraft maintenance, engineering begets planning and enterprise architecture projects

Yonas Yohannes

Director Aircraft Engineering and Planning
Ethiopian Airlines

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Key innovation in MRO Data Stewardship: Ownership, governance & management

Erkan Gulec - Director of Technology and Innovation, Etihad Airways
  • Embedding data-centric architectures into aircraft maintenance monitoring
  • Electronic reporting, diagnostics and early warning of possible component defects through sensors for cost saving
  • Streamlining inspections and pre-planning repairs or replacements of aircraft parts/systems
  • Trending new MRO Data Model

Erkan Gulec

Director of Technology and Innovation
Etihad Airways

1:00 pm - 2:10 pm Luncheon and networking

Interactive Discussion Groups (IDG)


2:10 pm - 3:30 pm Innovations in IoT for harnessing value of data
Devon Smibert - Director Cybersecurity, WestJet
Exploring beyond Flight Tracking – benefits of real-time flight data streaming feasibility

Devon Smibert

Director Cybersecurity


2:10 pm - 3:30 pm Mitigating Transitioning Challenges
  • Transitioning & adopting IP connectivity to delve into complexities involved in changing even one component of vast interoperable systems.
  • Can airlines choose connectivity option for each application in their operation?

IDG Three

2:10 pm - 3:30 pm Next gen air traffic monitoring: IP-enabled, secure real-time data exchange between aircraft and ATC
  • Improving surveillance capabilities & allowing airspace to accommodate increasing passenger numbers
  • Migrating current radar-based systems to satellite-based navigation

IDG Four

2:10 pm - 3:30 pm CONNECTED PILOTS: EFB Capabilities through data transmission and evaluation
Sharing of data across modules and rapid access to the right information for flight crew and ground staff through crew report and real time flight reports

3:30 pm - 3:30 pm Closing Remarks and Close of the Conference