... urged to work on stan­dards for fu­ture flight data recorders

Daily Trust - - IT WORLD - By Zakariyya Adaramola

The Malaysian Min­is­ter for Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Multimedia has called upon the In­ter­na­tional Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Union (ITU) to de­velop leading edge stan­dards to fa­cil­i­tate the trans­mis­sion of flight data in real time.

He was speak­ing at the open­ing of the ITU World Telecommunication De­vel­op­ment Con­fer­ence tak­ing place in Dubai.

This fol­lows the tragic dis­ap­pear­ance of Malaysian Air­lines Flight MH370 on 8 March 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.

“I be­lieve that data from air­craft, in­clud­ing from the black box could be con­tin­u­ously trans­mit­ted and stored in data cen­tres on the ground,” said Ah­mad Shabery Cheek, Malaysian Min­is­ter for Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Multimedia.

“I urge 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 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.”

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