The project was completed in November 2005.
The In-flight Reporting Tool project (ESA Contract Number 17630/03/NL/AD) was initiated to address a commercial opportunity that AMT identified whilst marketing its initial product. The opportunity identified was the provision of a reporting system that enabled in-flight reporting of airline operational data over satellite communication systems. In order to exploit this opportunity, the solution would need to manage the routing of data based on both the value and the cost of communication. This was a major concern as airline operational data is extremely variable in value.
The system AMT designed comprised of both airborne components and ground components. The airborne components provide the user with the ability to generate reports and communicate them to the ground in a cost effective manner. The ground components supplied a repository for the storage of data generated by the airborne system. These ground components also provided interfaces for managing the system and data.
As the project progressed AMT actively marketed the in-flight reporting solution. This marketing effort resulted in two discoveries. The first was that the reporting tool was not a requirement of most customers. However, the second discovery highlighted that the component that provided value based routing, the Air Communications Manger (ACM), was extremely important to customers. The decision was made at this point to remove the reporting tool.
The revised design was implemented in full and the result is a product that allows any airborne application, to avail of the services offered by the air communications manager (ACM). The ACM has achieved significant success in the market place and AMT's resellers are actively marketing the product to commercial airlines. In addition to the commercial success experienced, the ACM also makes a number of new applications technically feasible. These include the smart update of large content, such as navigation charts and engineering manuals.