Throughout the history of the United States, the aviation industry has long been one of the main sources of innovation for technological devices. Many people do not fully appreciate the closely intertwined nature of the institutions, such as MIT and IBM, that created most modern computing technology with the Department of Defense and its aviation spending initiatives.Jason Hope, one of the nation’s foremost internet entrepreneurs, has recently been writing and blogging about the coming advent of the Internet of Things, a host of technologies that promise to radically transform the ways in which everyday lives are lived, making people’s daily routine much easier and more enjoyable.
One of the aspects of the Internet of Things that Hope has been talking about is the close relationship between the aviation industry and the historic development of technology in the United States. This relationship persists to the present day, with modern aircraft and air traffic control systems extensively using and perfecting technology the Internet of Things will one day make available to average citizens.One of the examples of technologies installed in aircraft for a long time that could probably be described as a proto version of Internet of Things technology is the automated reporting system called ACARS. ACARS stands for Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System, a system that automatically relays all crucial aspects of the aircraft operations directly to a central management station, which can then use that information to track vital aspects of the flight’s trajectory and operational management, should anything go wrong.
This is a highly sophisticated system that has all of the elements of the technologies known as the Internet of Things. It uses sophisticated sensors to relay such data as the vibration levels of the fan blades in the engines and the temperature of the fuel located in external tanks. This has proven to be of crucial importance in a wide number of emergency situations, where it enabled emergency personnel to immediately reach the site of the plane crashes and save lives.