Collaboration to create a new communication standard for intelligent cabins
On behalf of the Intelligent Cabin Collaboration Team, Diehl Aerospace started a program to standardize networked and intelligent cabin systems. The project comprises industrial partners Bühler Motor, Diehl Aviation, Boeing Global Services, KID-Systeme, and Zodiac Aerospace (a Safran company), with support by the associates Boeing and Etihad Engineering. i+sCabin is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, which has identified the research project as an important component of their aviation research program. The research consortium has a number of objectives in mind: The evolution of wirelessly connected devices is bringing new possibilities to all areas of commercial airplane cabins. Seats, galleys, lavatories and other equipment will provide useful information to crews during a flight and, over time, offer airlines enough data to improve inventory management and support predictive maintenance. Data can be accessed and analyzed in real time, tank gauges checked, maintenance inspections conducted, errors resolved, and the workload of the service team reduced. All this will result in reduced costs and raise modern passenger flight operations to a completely new level in the future.