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    Posted March 15, 2014 by
    Medfield, Massachusetts
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    Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

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    Internet of Things technology installed on #370 could have avoided the disaster

    I consult on the Internet of Things, good examples of which (unless I've missed something critical) are the sensors on the Rolls-Royce Trent 800 engines used on Flight 370.

    I blogged today (http://bit.ly/1lF2jlv) that, unless the engines used some sort of proprietary communications protocol, it should have been possible for the airline and the flight tower to have had simultaneous REAL-TIME access to the engine data: the problem is that Internet of Things technology is ahead of management practices to capitalize on it.

    If they had been using IoT thinking, Rolls would have thought "who else can benefit from real-time access to this data?," the airline and the tower would have received the data, and could have cut immediately to the engine data stream when voice data ceased. They would have known the plane was still flying, and could have acted accordingly.
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