Air France-KLM: 100 Gbit/s light path for aircraft maintenance
Air France-KLM uses a 100 Gbit/s link for data driven aircraft maintenance research. Via NetherLight, SURF’s European hub for international light paths, Air France-KLM can connect to for instance StarLight in Chicago.
Use case: aircraft maintenance
Besides people and luggage, aircrafts transport data they generate, like flight information, technical statistics and sensor readings. These data tell pilots and engineers if the aircraft’s critical systems are doing their job safely. When data are transferred and analyzed rapidly, defects can be solved more quickly, possibly even while the aircraft is waiting at the gate. When receiving the data within minutes, engineers in a remote airport can rapidly verify with the home base expert engineers if an engine vibration warning was caused by the engine or by a failing sensor.
Internet vs light path
For the remote maintenance, Air France-KLM uses a 100 Gbit/s light path. Using light paths, you can transport huge amounts of data at high speed and with a guaranteed bandwidth between 2 points. When using high volumes of data, the current Air France–KLM’s Internet connections are not private or fast enough to transfer the data within the requested time frame. Transferring a terabyte of engine data via the current Internet connections would take around 30 hours; with a 100 Gbit/s light path this could take less than 2 minutes.
Connected via NetherLight
Ciena and SURF facilitate the connection from Air France–KLM at Schiphol to NetherLight, SURF’s European hub for international light paths, in Amsterdam. SURF provides the 100 Gbit/s light path from Air France-KLM via NetherLight to the aircraft’s destination.
Research in other industries
In addition to the aircraft research, high bandwidth, low latency light paths offer possibilities for research in other industries as well. For example, fundamental research on data transfer protocols suitable for these bandwidths can also help excel diagnosis by doctors when they can have access to terabytes of patient and other related research data within minutes, instead of days or weeks. Imagine what this would enable other research disciplines to do too. Possibilities are almost infinite!
- Read more about NetherLight via www.surf.nl/en/netherlight