Bird brain is a misnomer
The study contrasted its white noise which interferes with birds’ ability to hear critical signals with the previous deterrents (loud noises, predator sounds, fake hawks, alarm calls). Bird brain is a misnomer, for ornithologists have shown that their subjects are quite good at learning. Over time, in true Pavlovian fashion, the fact that the “predator sounds” do not correlate with threats results in the birds’ ignoring that sound. Since the W&M system continuously negates hearing, its strength as a “net” does not appear to diminish over time.
The “beacon” Concept
Used with the bag-passenger interface, is similar to Disney’s MagicBand and the potential enhancements for passengers is immense. The San Diego laboratory is testing options which may further contribute to consumer satisfaction at airports. It might be worthwhile to assess its utility beyond that dimension and consider how the individual information might improve safety and security.
The Commuter Terminal lab is also exploring how IT might be used in the maintenance of the airport. The wizards are installing weave in sensors which will send messages indicating the need for immediate repair or periodic maintenance. Again, in creating these APPs, the SAN team should include in its vision statement utilization of this IT infrastructure for other safety considerations. More Here
Speaking almost half a world apart (Seoul, Korea at the IATA Safety and Operations Conference vs. Orlando, FL at the AVIATION WEEK MRO Americas Conference) and separated by only two days on the calendar, Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO (April 24) and John Maggiore, Boeing managing director of maintenance and leasing solutions (April 26) spoke about the importance of Big Data to the future of aviation safety. The theme of de Juniac’s address well served as the introduction to Maggiore’s comments. Read More