Digitalisation in the aviation industry – research project “DEPOT” extended

The DEPOT research project, originally scheduled to run for three years, is being extended and will now run until mid-2021. DEPOT stands for “Digital Development, Production, Logistics and Transport” and is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy as part of the aviation research programme.

For the project, all well-known companies in the asset tracking market have joined forces under the leadership of Airbus to form a consortium with the aim of digitalising and optimising supply chain processes.

In addition to Airbus and Favendo, other participants are: Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH, SAP SE, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V., Hamburg University of Technology, Diehl Aviation Gilching GmbH and DAKO GmbH.

End-to-end digitalisation as a goal

The aim of the research consortium is a holistic digitalisation of development, production and logistics processes in the aviation industry. Favendo supports the project with its expertise in the field of indoor localisation in difficult environmental conditions, especially in tracking and tracing of load carriers within the supply chain.

Among other things, a test installation was successfully implemented at the Airbus plant in Hamburg Finkenwerder. Intensive exchange between the project partners took place at hackathons held twice a year. “In addition to important technical insights, these events were also great fun,” says Harry von Stryk, project manager at Favendo. “At the moment, we are mainly concerned with the topic of security protocols and data security and are working on further encryption versions that make it impossible for third parties to view the communication.”

As part of the project, Favendo has also developed a tool to simulate the broadcast of beacon signals. It also makes it possible to compare different algorithms and different hardware configurations in a given environment.

In this way, Favendo ensures the efficiency of the digitalisation processes for a long-term positive development of the supply chain within the aviation industry.


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