Past Meetings

Past TC Meetings:

18-19 November / Newport Beach, California USA
13-14 May / Universal City, California USA
19-20 November / Newport Beach, California USA
22-23 May / Burbank, California USA
13-14 November / Irvine, California USA
21-22 May / Burbank, California USA

 

18-19 November 2014
Hyatt Regency - Newport Beach, California USA

Tuesday 18 November 

Welcome & Introduction
Michael Childers – Technology Committee Chair & Board Member, APEX; Chief Consultant, Content and Media Strategy, Lufthansa Systems

Keynote Address: Wireless IFE
Presented by: Patrick Préfontaine – Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Global Eagle Entertainment 
Kicking off the conference is a session that offered an overview of the current market landscape and conclude with a market outlook for wireless IFE. Also presented were data sources, various approaches to feature the technology, business models and a look at a case study of wireless IFE deployment.

The E-Aircraft Concept: Concept & Fulfilment – Part 1
Moderated by: Michael Planey – Co-Founder, HMPlaney Consultants
Panelists explored the e-Aircraft concept as the future of inflight connectivity with the potential to provide real and valuable cost savings, an improved passenger experience and more. This session shared what an e-Aircraft entails covering cockpit and crew.

The E-Aircraft Concept: Concept & Fulfilment – Part 2
Moderated by: Michael Planey – Co-Founder, HMPlaney Consultants
Panelists explored the e-Aircraft concept as the future of inflight connectivity with the potential to provide real and valuable cost savings, an improved passenger experience and more. This session shared what an e-Aircraft facilitates interaction with passengers and how best to make it a reality.

Onboard Payment Technologies
Presented by: 
•  Michael Planey – Co-Founder, HMPlaney Consultants
•  Mark Reed – Business Development Engineer, Inflight Peripherals, Ltd. (IFPL)
•  Rich Salter – Chief Technical Officer, Lumexis Corporation 

October 2015 is rapidly approaching and it is the deadline for liability shift for merchants to transition to Chip & PIN technology. APEX is working with industry groups to request an extension for the shift that other industries have been granted. This session educated on what the liability shift means and what are the implications for the various payment strategies. What does it take for IFE use? 

Seat & IFE Integration
Presented by: 
•  Derrick Pruitt, Boeing Seats Tech Center; Leader, Society of Automotive Engineers 

We took a look at the automotive industry and their simulation testing with embedded systems. What can aviation learn from this? What results can be utilized? 

APEX Technology 101
Presented by: Bryan Rusenko  – Technical Director, APEX
Get an overview of all things APEX technology. What resources are available? What are industry best practices as well as APEX distributed specifications and white papers? Who’s who? What is the dynamic among members? Encourage newbies in the field to attend this summary.

 Wednesday 19 November

Welcome & Introduction
Michael Childers – APEX Technology Committee Chair & Board Member

Technologies for Disabled Passengers – Part 1 
Presented by: 
Michael Childers –Chief Consultant, Content and Media Strategy, Lufthansa Systems

Geoff Freed – Director of Technology Projects and Web Media Standards, NCAM
Robert Smith – Director, Market Intelligence, Global Eagle Entertainment 
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has stated it will announce new regulations requiring closed captioning for inflight video in U.S. airspace to assist deaf and hard-of-hearing passengers. Clearly, new closed captioning and similar rules have the potential to seriously impact many segments of our industry and present challenges from economic, practical and technical standpoints. APEX has taken the lead on this matter and is dealing directly with DOT on behalf of the industry in conjunction with A4A, IATA, NCAM and MPAA. Hear an update on the status of the white paper submission, recommendations and next steps. In addition to the pending closed captioning regulations, other guidelines intending to assist the visually impaired may also be in the notice from DOT. Again, such rules can seriously impact many segments of our industry. This session addressed descriptive text for the blind. What technologies are showcased in the industry to address the needs of disabled passengers?

Technologies for Disabled Passengers – Part 2
Presented by: 
Geoff Freed – Director of Technology Projects and Web Media Standards, NCAM
Andy Grant - Manager Passenger Entertainment & Communications, Emirates
Éric Lauzon – Manager In-Flight Entertainment,  Air Canada
Doug Mullen – Assistant General Counsel, Airlines for America (A4A) 
Jonathan Norris – Vice President of Sales, Lumexis Corporation; APEX CCWG Chair
Andy Rosen, Consultant 
Bryan Rusenko – APEX Technical Consultant
Mark Smith – Mgr. Inflight Entertainment - Onboard Products, American Airlines

HD Content Security 
Presented by: 
•  Bryan Rusenko  – Technical Director, APEX
•  Pierre A. Schuberth – Sr. Manager, Systems Engineering, Thales Avionics Inc.

After few teleconferences, the High Definition Working Group (HDWG) is proposing revisions to the APEX 0403 specification that encompass a new document title, encoding parameters for HD 1080p,  content security requirements and few corrections for clarification. The candidate spec to be voted on as part of this session is available online.  

Taking the B2B Conversation to Twitter
Introduction by:
Al St. Germain – Publisher, APEX Media
Presented by: 
Ada Juristovski – Social Media Coach, Hootsuite
Jessica Sammut – Community Manager, APEX Media

This interactive session explored some misconceptions surrounding social media and introduce you to tools that can help you engage with colleagues and clients on Twitter. We examined real case studies to identify effective social etiquette for both individuals and companies. 

A Look at the Future - Technical Trend Identification
Presented by: 
Bryan Rusenko – Technical Director, APEX
Attila Szilagyi – MTS V, Software, Core Software Development, Panasonic Avionics Corporation
 
As an industry community we work to meet the needs of passengers whose expectations are rapidly evolving, but so are technologies. What developments are members working on that our association should be highlighting? What innovations can be showcased? What does the future hold?!

3:50 – 4:00 Door Prize Drawing 

13-14 May 2014
Hilton Universal City - Universal City, California USA

Tuesday 13 May

Welcome & Introduction
Michael Childers –Technology Committee Chair & Board Member, APEX; Chief Consultant, Content and Media Strategy, Lufthansa Systems

Keynote Address: Display Technologies
Technicolor provided an overview of next generation display technologies including UHD, HDR, Quad/4K as well as the impact of emerging technologies such as the more efficient codec H.265. Thurau spoke to high dynamic range technology and how it not only enhances cinema but also potentially IFE displays.
Presented by: Thoma Thurau – VP Engineering and Operations Production Services, Technicolor

H.265/HEVC
This session provided an update on the emerging new high-efficiency video codec known as H.265 and when it might be implemented in IFE. Discussion included when it might be appropriate to launch a working group.
Presented by: Eric Grab – CTO, DivX 
 
Interoperable Master Format (IMF) 
The Interoperable Master Format (IMF) that has been discussed at previous TCs has finally been codified by SMPTE. This session served as an update on the activities of the SMPTE Working Group that developed IMF, with a view toward its impact on IFE. 
Presented by:
Annie Chang – VP, Post-Production Technology, The Walt Disney Company 
Andy Rosen – Industry Consultant

Status of Tape Stock Supply
There was a short time, post tsunami, when tape stock was of concern. But that has not been the case since other than loss of ability to order blank cases and custom tape length. We addresse the status of blank stock inventory and trending volumes of near-future orders and beyond plus consider how requirements are being impacted by airlines replacing their tape decks with Digital Media Reproducers or entire systems with digital servers or portable players.
Presented by:
Joe Balsam – Senior Marketing Manager, Professional Media, Sony Electronics Inc.
Victor Hernandez – EVP, Technical Operations, IFE Services Ltd.
John O'Connor – Director, Digital Media Services, CMI Media Management 

Content Security Update
This session offered an update on the security modifications made to the APEX 0403 specification. 
Presented by: Pierre Schuberth – Senior Manager, Systems Engineering, Thales Avionics, Inc.
 
Closed Captions 
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has stated it will announce new regulations requiring closed captioning for inflight video in U.S. airspace to assist deaf and hard-of-hearing passengers. Other regulations intending to assist the visually impaired may also be in the offing from DOT. Clearly, new closed captioning and similar rules have the potential to seriously impact many segments of our industry and present challenges from economic, practical and technical standpoints. 
Presented by:
Michael Childers –Chief Consultant, Content and Media Strategy, Lufthansa Systems 
Jonathan Norris – Vice President, Sales, Lumexis Corporation
Andy Rosen, Industry Consultant
Bryan Rusenko – Technical Consultant, APEX

Welcome & Introduction
Michael Childers –Technology Committee Chair & Board Member, APEX; Chief Consultant, Content and Media Strategy, Lufthansa Systems

PEDs Inflight: Expanded Usage & Voice Calls
PED inflight restrictions have been lifted and usage has increased. This session took a deeper look to explore gate-to-gate usage and voice calls. This dynamic group of panelists offered a robust discussion of the issues.
Panelists:
Doug Backelin  – Manager, Inflight Communications & Technology, American Airlines
Ken Brady – Chief Engineer - Thales Avionics, Inc
Michael Childers – Chief Consultant, Content and Media Strategy, Lufthansa Systems
Rich Salter – Chief Technology Officer, Lumexis Systems
Doug Murri – Director of Airline Solutions, Row 44
Brian Regan – Legal Advisor, Office of the Bureau Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Federal Communications Commission

Onboard Payment Technologies
This session kicked off with an overview of onboard payment technologies and what is currently seen inflight. Following, ChasePaymentech offered a unique perspective on upcoming changes to payment cards including the transition to Chip & PIN technology.  What does it take for IFE use? Mark Reed, IFPL presented solutions for onboard payments. A moderated Q&A followed.
Moderated by: Michael Planey – Co-Founder, HMPlaney Consultants
Panelists:
Deanna Karhuniemi – Product Manager, Enterprise Product, Chase Paymentech  
Mark Reed – Head of Design, Inflight Peripherals, Ltd. (IFPL)

IFE Security
As the IFE industry adopts new digital distribution procedures among the IFE supply chain to provide a much-desired high definition experience to passengers, so too is it adopting a new pool of attackers. The industry is at a pivotal crossroads, as it begins the effort to define and agree upon a common set of security best practices for secure content preparation and delivery for playback. This session analyzed security practices that progressive enterprises are employing to contend with sophisticated adversaries, and then build a framework around which the IFE industry can define its own security priorities.  Finally, the session provided questions that content owners and airlines should be asking of their digital vendors/in-flight entertainment system integrators, Inflight applications providers and digital distribution service providers – and the vendors should be asking of themselves.
Presented by: Steven Bono, Independent Security Evaluators

Part 2: Content Security Update 
Presented by: Andy Rosen, Industry Consultant

The Connected Aircraft: Communications & Observation 
In 2014, virtually everyone – and increasingly everything – is connected. There are a number of potential options for tracking missing aircraft - from flight data recorders that could disengage from the aircraft in the event of an emergency and float on water to real-time flight data streaming to improved surveillance via satellites. We talked to Inmarsat, Iridium and industry expert Michael Planey about what next steps should be considered by the industry, and why.
Moderated by: Mary Kirby – Founder & CEO, Kirby Media Group
Panelists:
David Coiley – Vice President, Aviation, Inmarsat
Michael Hooper – Senior Project Manager - Aviation, Iridium
Michael Planey – Co-Founder, HMPlaney Consultants

19-20 NOVEMBER / TEC MEETING / NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA USA

Welcome & Introduction
Michael Childers –Technology Committee Chair & Board Member, APEX; Chief Consultant, Content and Media Strategy, Lufthansa Systems

Consumer Electronics On the Ground & Inflight

Doug Johnson – Vice President, Technology Policy, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)
Explore trends in the consumer electronics industry that will be filling the aisles of the upcoming International CES. Additionally, to prep for the afternoon panel, hear a recap of the joint consumer research project that was co-sponsored by APEX and CEA.
Seat & IFE Integration
Moderated by: Ken Henshaw – Manager, Cabin Systems Tech Center, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Panelists: 
Robert Ayvazian – VP of Engineering, Flight Line Products
Rick Lockhart – President, Skypaxxx
Lori Salazar – Vice President, Product Management, Thales Avionics
Mark Jennings – Executive Director, OEM Management, Panasonic Avionics Corporation
The following topics will be discussed: delathalization; HIC; frangeability; seat box size and location; wire routing; retention (not only stowage) of tablets.
 
Taking Flight:  Consumer Electronics on Airplanes & FAA PED ARC Update
Panelists (and Members of the FAA PED ARC):
Ken Brady – Chief Engineer, Thales Avionics, Inc.
Michael Childers – Chief Consultant, Content and Media Strategy, Lufthansa Systems
Doug Johnson – Vice President, Technology Policy, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)
Billy Martin – Principal Engineer, EME Group Supervisor, Cessna Aircraft
Erik Miller – Senior Manager, IFE Systems Engineering, American Airlines
Dinkar Mokadam – OSHA Specialist, Association of Flight Attendants-Communications Workers of America (AFA-CWA), AFL-CIO
Rich Salter – Chief Technical Officer, Lumexis Corporation
Recognizing consumer interest in the issue, early this year the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) formed a PED ARC (Aviation Rulemaking Committee) comprised of industry stakeholders (including those on our panel) to recommend how airlines could safely expand the use of PEDs onboard. The ARC recommended and the FAA has now concurred that if the aircraft is shown to be PED-tolerant then PED operation is possible in all phases of flight (gate-to-gate operation). Join airline, technology and regulatory professionals to learn about the policy, technical and operational issues. 
 
DO307 Tutorial - Back Door and Front Door Testing for PED Usage
Billy Martin – Principal Engineer, Cessna Aircraft Company

T
he Entertainment Identifier Registry Association (EIDR)
Andy Beer – Vice President-Technology, IFP
Bill Isbell – Entertainment Sales Lead, Rovi
Bryan Rusenko
One Registry to rule them all, One Registry to find them, One Registry to bring them all and in the darkness bind them… J.R.R. Tolkien (….apologies) crafted Sauron’s ring with some remarkable properties. Some of the same functionality might improve our effort to better manage IFE metadata. A persistent digital anchor exists for books (ISBN); but what are the options for Movies, TV and music? We take a tour of the databases and look at some hypothetical IFE implementations.  

 

 


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losed Captioning
Michael Childers – Chief Consultant, Content and Media Strategy, Lufthansa Systems
Jonathan Norris – Vice President of Sales, Lumexis Corporation
In 2006, the Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) announcing its intention to require closed captions on IFE video content. WAEA’s TC engaged DOT at the time and helped to convince them to defer such a requirement until the technology for implementation was more mature, citing economic hardship if airlines were required to implement captions in an MPEG-1/MPEG-2 environment. DOT agreed to defer its ruling. But six years later a new bill has been introduced in the US Senate renewing the requirement for closed captions in IFE. What is the state of the art? Is the solution found in Bitmap or Timed Text? What is being offered now? And isn’t it time for this industry to proactively offer a solution that can be deployed widely?
 
HD APEX 0403 updated for 1080p
Bryan Rusenko
The High Definition Working Group (HDWG) is proposing revisions to the APEX 0403 digital delivery specification that encompass encoding parameters for HD 1080p and few corrections for clarification. The interest in the development of a 1080p high definition specification and best practices has been high, with broad participation in the process by hardware providers, post-production providers, content providers and others representing both a broad cross-section of the IFE community and an important critical mass. The revised spec has been distributed to members and will be voted on. 

Off-aircraft & Inflight Connectivity
Barry Atkinson – Director, IT Architecture, Gogo
David Coiley – Vice President, Aviation, Inmarsat
Richard Nordstrom - OnAir
Mark Richman - Panasonic Avionics Corporation
Updates on the latest off-aircraft connectivity news and developments, including possible implications of the FAA ARC panel plus a spotlight on Over The Top messaging news and trends. 

Update from Arinc Cabin System Subcommittee (CSS)
Jean-Yves Couleaud, Thales Avionics 
Jeff Drader – Director, Business Development, VT Miltope
This session will offer attendees an update on WAPs as well as give an 802.11ac tutorial. 

How Social Media Is Helping Shape Southwest’s Inflight WiFi Strategy
Angela Vargo – Manager, Product Development, Southwest Airlines
With more than 400 connected aircraft, Southwest Airlines has the largest satellite-based WiFi fleet in the world. Learn the role that social media is playing in crafting Southwest’s onboard WiFi experience and future development.

21-22 MAY / TC MEETING / BURBANK, CALIFORNIA USA

Keynote Address 
Mike Rizzuto – Feature Sound, Technicolor Creative Services
A journey through the creation of sound for motion picture from the production set through the post production process to the audience in flight. 

Content Security – Part 1
Jim Taylor – Head of Technology and Product Development, Ultraviolet (DECE)
Introduction to the formats, technologies, and usage models underlying UltraViolet including the UltraViolet digital locker, common file format and common encryption scheme, and how UltraViolet integrates with industry-standard DRMs and streaming technologies. Overview of how UltraViolet can support various IFE scenarios. Plus a sneak peek at the upcoming UltraViolet Common Streaming Format based on MPEG DASH. 

Content Security – Part 2
Petr Peterka – CTO, Verimatrix
Implementation of video security is essential for the deployment of the next generation of in-flight entertainment systems. This is additionally complicated where the approach includes delivery of services to passengers own client equipment. Verimatrix will highlight the latest trends on video delivery protocols, the security concerns of the content owners and illustrate with experience drawn from years of leadership in the connected device security industry.

H.265
Eric Grab – VP Technology, Rovi 
The new High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) specification gained international standards approval in Feb 2013. It is also known as H.265, and has the potential of about 40% better video compression than Advanced Video Coding (AVC), also known as H.264. This rare quantum leap in video compression is a game changer. What are the basics of HEVC technology, and where does it fit into content distribution? When and why will HEVC be relevant in the industry?

Metadata Standardization Working Group Update
Andy Beer – Vice President-Technology, IFP
Kevin Birchmore – Technical Sales, Bluebox Avionics Ltd
Dirk Ottens, Lufthansa Systems
Justin Smith, Lumexis Corporation
Ian Walberg – CEO, Airborne Interactive
Content Attribute Metadata in IFE does not currently follow any standards and is created redundantly by every CSP and even airline. Yet, there are standards elsewhere that are being used to standardize and automate metadata provisioning, including the EIDR standard that the TC has discussed before. Andy Beer discusses the issues of metadata provisioning with a number of Content Integrators and CSPs.

MPEG Update
Bryan Rusenko – Vice President, Strategy & Technology, IFE, Technicolor

Product obsolescence and it's impact to airlines, OEMs, IFE & seat suppliers. How to jointly manage?
Jean-Michel Galmiche – Director Product Support and Component Engineering, Thales
IFE product obsolescence and it's impact (costs including inventory or product modifications, certification, catalog offerability)to airlines, OEMs, seat suppliers require on-going Life Cycle management by all parties to reduce the impact. Use of commercial devices (memory, processors, OS) are constantly changing more often then the Industry Life Cycle for aircraft, seats and even OEM catalog updates.As an Industry we need to collectively work and agree on joint solutions.

FAA PED ARC Update 
Ken Brady – Principal Staff Engineer, Thales
Michael Childers – Chief Consultant, Content and Media Strategy, Lufthansa Systems
Rich Salter – Chief Technical Officer, Lumexis Corporation
This session will offer updates on the status of the FAA rulemaking committee and key issues surrounding whether or not to expand the allowance for use of PEDs inflight.   

Keynote Address: Inflight TV
Todd Hill – Director - Product Management, Panasonic Avionics Corporation 
Explore the technical challenges overcome to feature seamless TV without borders.  Issues addressed include network optimization, link budget verse coverage area, service expansion, ground-based infrastructure needed for support, and more. What lessons can be learned? What best practices can be applied in the future?  

Audio…The Original King of Content (Teaser)
Andy Beer – Vice President-Technology, IFP
Kevin Bolt – Audio Producer, IFP

Closed Captioning
Michael Childers – Chief Consultant, Content and Media Strategy, Lufthansa Systems
Jonathan Norris – Executive Director, APEX Media Platform
In 2006, the Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) announcing its intention to require closed captions on IFE video content. WAEA’s TC engaged DOT at the time and helped to convince them to defer such a requirement until the technology for implementation was more mature, citing economic hardship if airlines were required to implement captions in an MPEG-1/MPEG-2 environment. DOT agreed to defer its ruling. But six years later a new bill has been introduced in the US Senate renewing the requirement for closed captions in IFE. What is the state of the art? Is the solution found in Bitmap or Timed Text? What is being offered now? And isn’t it time for this industry to proactively offer a solution that can be deployed widely?

Second Screens
Michael Childers – Chief Consultant, Content and Media Strategy, Lufthansa Systems
Rich Salter – Chief Technical Officer, Lumexis Corporation
Bryan Rusenko – Vice President, Strategy & Technology, IFE, Technicolor
Stephen Brooks - Executive Director, Marketing, Magic Ruby
What are IFE suppliers doing to introduce second screen content and integration into their embedded/seat-centric systems?

Modifications of the ORBIS MD10
John Courtright, SIE
John will present the status of the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital aircraft mods.   Learn exactly how this wonderful humanitarian project is coming together - and the very demanding systems integration challenge it has presented.

Brand-driven: 5 Unexpected Lessons Commercial Aviation Should Borrow From Other Industries
Devin Liddell – Principal Brand Strategist, Teague 
A successful brand works to accomplish three essential objectives: resist commoditization, differentiate from the competition, and command premium pricing. Most industries—from retail and hospitality to packaged goods and financial services—have evolved into brand-driven categories to help achieve these objectives. But is this really happening in commercial aviation? In this presentation, Devin Liddell, Principal Brand Strategist for design consultancy TEAGUE, will use business metrics, brand audits, and trend analyses compiled to explore—in measurable terms—the current relationship between “brand” and financial performance in commercial aviation. Then, he will outline five unexpected lessons from other industries; each with actionable takeaways operators can use to advance their offerings in the near-term.  

Social Media – The 5 W’s 
Moderated by: Mary Kirby – Editor-in-Chief, APEX Media Platform
Panelists: 
Brian Bardwell – Corporate Communications Manager, Panasonic Avionics Corporation
Ben Fuller – Director of Sales (Latin America) & Marketing, digEcor
Panasonic Avionics Corporation
Morgan Johnston – Manager Corporate Communications, jetBlue
Steve Nolan – Director of Public Relations, Gogo 
Richard Nordstrom – Managing Director, North America, OnAir
Melissa Pauléat – Communications Specialist, DTI Software Inc.
A session featuring members who are active on Twitter and other social media outlets. Members will discuss their reasons for jumping into the fray, the lessons learned (what works, what doesn’t and why), and what they hope to accomplish going forward. 

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13-14 NOVEMBER / TC MEETING / IRVINE, CALIFORNIA USA

Keynote Address
     Jon Rettinger – President & Editorial Director of TechnoBuffalo
     Roy Choi - Managing Editor, TechnoBuffalo

Content is Still King
What makes an IFE game tick? What’s the difference between a Game App you’d find on the App Store and one developed for IFE? Games are one of the least known and least-understood forms of IFE entertainment. We look under the ‘hood’ to understand the challenges that software developers face in our industry; busting the myth about integrating games onto aircraft IFE systems (it’s not just plug and play!) and looking at what the future of inflight gaming will hold.
     Moderated by: Jonathan Norris – Executive Director, APEX Media Platform
     Panelists: Marc-André Bruneau – VP of Engineering, DTI Software
     Dan Harris – Managing Director, Flightbet 
     Max Lingua, GueTech 
     Ian Walberg – CEO, Airborne Interactive

Second Screens
“Second screens” represent a tablet, phone or other mobile device used by viewers while also watching content on a larger screen. Studios are looking to offer content including behind-the-scenes features, quizzes and facts on the second screen that compliments the primary programing.  Speakers will describe its application and relation to IFE. 
     Tom Engdahl, MagicRuby
     Chuck Parker – Chairman, Second Screen Society
     Michael Papish – Director, Innovation, Rovi

Content Security
Aspects will cover early and late window content availability, digital rights management, watermarking and digital file transfer system. Hear from studios on requirements and what is currently available.
     Bryan Rusenko – Vice President, Strategy & Technology, IFE, Technicolor

Interoperable Master Format (IMF)
This session will serve as an update on the activities of the SMPTE Working Group that is codifying IMF.
     Mike Krause – Mastering Systems Engineer, The Walt Disney Company

Metadata Exchange Format
     Andy Beer – Vice President of Technology, IFP
     Michael Childers – Chief Consultant, Content and Media Strategy, Lufthansa Systems
     Michael Papish – Director, Innovation, Rovi
 
Handheld Devices – Real World Operation
With a number of airlines having had handheld consumer devices in revenue service for about a year now we ask our panel: how they’re holding up to daily use; what’s the feedback been like from the passengers; what upgrades do they foresee with respect to devices and/or functionality and do they really provide a genuine alternative to aviation certified IFE systems?
     Moderated by: Jonathan Norris – Executive Director, APEX Media Platform
     Kevin Birchmore – Head of Technology, Bluebox / DMD Phantom
     Victor Hernandez, IFE Services
     Dr. Joerg Liebe – CIO, Lufthansa Systems

Trouble-Shooting Wifi Network
Wi-Fi is being deployed on more and more aircraft as a cost-effective way to provide existing services as well as new revenue opportunities.  This session will cover the basics of wireless operation plus real world problems and how to solve them.  We will also demonstrate Wi-Fi testing solution as time and circumstances permit.
     Carolyn Carter – PNT Product Manager, Fluke Network

Adaptive Bit-Rate Streaming: How it Works, Why it is Better, and Changes in Distribution 
This session will look at the hotly discussed topic of streaming. Bill Evjen will walk you through the different types of streaming and how adaptive bit-rate streaming works. Understand how this new type of streaming effects bandwidth, distribution of content, and the overall quality of what is delivered.
     Bill Evjen – Chief Information Officer, SWANK Motion Pictures

Wireless Streaming Technology for Bring-Your-Own-Devices (BYOD)
     William Mutual – CEO, LiveCast

FAA PED Update 
The US FAA has announced the formation of a working group (WG) to investigate the passenger use of PEDs onboard, with an objective of providing guidance to airlines re the approval of portable devices for onboard use. The public comment period for this project was 28 August 28 – 28 October, and the WG will be formed shortly. In this session we heard from Tim Shaver, FAA Branch Manager, Avionics Maintenance Branch, (live via teleconference.) And some other topics included:
• Background of what the FAA WG is looking to accomplish
• Summary of public comments received during the 60 day period
• Project schedule / milestones / tasks going forward
• What policies, FARs, ACs will this project affect
• Who are WG members, what is meeting schedule, and more
     Timothy Shaver – Branch Manager, Avionics Maintenance Branch, FAA

Fasten Your Seatbelts for Streaming Media: Challenges and Opportunities 
The session shall provide attendees with a first-hand look at what is involved (end to end) with delivering a pioneering IFE solution including the numerous design considerations, the barriers to entry, the technical hurdles and ultimately the successful deployment of the world's first production streaming IFE AVOD platform currently being installed on three of the world's largest airlines.
     Barry Atkinson – Chief Architect, Gogo, LLC

Connectivity – How Much Bandwidth is Really Available? 
Typically the first thing one is told about any new Ku or Ka-band satellite is that bandwidth capacity won't be a problem and it's going to be much cheaper than other connectivity solutions on the market. Putting the ‘thorny’ issue of cost to one side we’ll focus on the topic of capacity and the service level an airline or more importantly an airline passenger can reasonably expect to receive.
     Moderated by: Jonathan Norris – Executive Director, APEX Media Platform
     Jonathan Norris – Executive Director, APEX Media Platform
     Anand Chari – SVP & CTO, Gogo, LLC
     David Coiley – VP Aeronautical, Inmarsat
     Don Buchman – Director Mobile Broadband Systems, ViaSat
     Todd Hill – Director of Satellite Operations, Panasonic Avionics
     Richard Nordstrom – Managing Director, OnAir North America 
     Wayne Pierzga – Strategic Innovation, Intelsat 

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22-23 MAY 2012 / TC MEETING / TECHNICOLOR - BURBANK, CALIFORNIA USA

Welcome & Introduction
Technology Committee Leadership:
     Ian Walberg – Chief Executive Officer, Airborne Interactive Ltd.
     Michael Childers – Chief Consultant, Content and Media Strategy, Lufthansa Systems
     David Coiley – Aeronautical Business Director, Inmarsat Ltd.
     John Craig – Chief Engineer, Cabin & Network Systems, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
     Victor Hernandez – Executive Vice President, Technical Operations, IFE Services
     Leigh Mantle – Chief Operating Officer, Inflight Productions
     Erik Miller – Manager, IFE Systems Engineering, American Airlines
     Jonathan Norris - Executive Director - APEX Media Platform, Ink
     Bryan Rusenko – Vice President, Strategy & Technology, IFE, Technicolor
     Rich Salter – Chief Technical Officer, Lumexis Corporation
     Regina Stewart – Lead Engineer, IFE and Cabin Systems Engineering, American Airlines

Keynote Address
     Vince Pizzica – Head of Corporate Partnerships and Ventures, Technicolor

Content is Still King...'The Sequel'
The consensus coming from the panel discussion during the last TC meeting was that content does is indeed still King. But what content? Content and passenger’s viewing habits are changing and evolving as they’re tempted by the ever-increasing array of available media. How will passenger’s ‘consume’ their content: second-screening? ... binge TV viewing? What will Geo-Entertainment and Social Gaming bring to your passengers?
     Led by: Jonathan Norris– Executive Director - APEX Media Platform, Ink
     Peter Nissen – President, Gotham Studios / GeoRadio
     Tyler Sterkel – Co-Founder and CEO, MondoWindow
     Dan Harris – Managing Director, FlightBet (IOM) Limited
     Ben Jarman – Project Coordinator, Royal Geographical Society

Tele-Cine Artifacts in MPEG Movies
In the IFE compression ‘battle’ video compression codecs (including MPEG) are renowned for leaving behind block and mosquito artifacts – a penalty for reducing the bandwidth requirement for streaming movies – especially those with fast movements, scene changes and a lot of motion. How does the tele-cine process affect quality? What can be done to tackle the artifacts?
     Andy Beer – Vice President - Technology, Inflight Productions

Content Security
This presentation focuses on content security.  It introduces four types of security measure used to secure content (control, protect, trace, and scout).  Then, it roughly describes the main threats found in the IFE context. It presents a set of technologies (encryption, domain key management, watermarking) that may mitigate the threats.   
     
Eric Diehl - VP, Security & Content Protection Labs, Technicolor

Audio Specifications
Hear an update on the RTCA Special Committee (SC) 226 Audio Systems and Equipment. Session will also cover perceptual masking, networking, DSP and encoding techniques.
     Andy Beer – Vice President - Technology, Inflight Productions
     Rich Salter - Chief Technical Officer, Lumexis Corporation

Adoption of HD Video Specs to WAEA 0403
After more than a year of teleconferences and meetings, the High Definition Working Group (HDWG) has proposed revisions to the APEX 0403 digital delivery specification that encompass encoding parameters for HD. The spec is available for public review and will be voted on at this meeting.
To view the draft spec,
click here.
     Led by: Michael Childers – Chief Consultant, Content and Media Strategy, Lufthansa Systems;
     DCMWG Chair

     Pierre Schuberth – Sr. Manager, Systems Engineering, Thales; Co-Chair
     Bryan Rusenko – Vice President, Strategy & Technology, IFE, Technicolor; Co-Chair

Keynote Address - IMS
 Rave
Installation and certification experiences for a new seat back system.
     
Sam Carswell, The IMS Company

Connectivity: How Do Satellite Systems Really
 Work?
The session will cover system bandwidth and capacity, contention ratios, global and regional systems and network operations. Attendees will gain an excellent grounding that will greatly assist them understand this rapidly evolving aspect of IFEC.
     Led by: David Coiley – Aeronautical Business Director, Inmarsat Ltd.
     Peter Lemme – President, Mobile Prime Time
     Dave Brunnenmeyer, Boeing Space and Defence

Wireless Certification Onboard
From Concept to Completion: What Are the Challenges With Integrating and Certifying Wireless IFE Systems?
     John Courtright – Director, Structural Integrity Engineer (SIE)
     Stephan Schulte – Product Manager IFE / PTC, Lufthansa Technik
     Anthony Pilcher - Engineering Manager, Armstrong Aerospace

Payment Technologies 
What new payment technologies are being introduced across the passenger experience? From airport kiosks to onboard point-of-sale devices and payment software apps loaded onto passenger’s own devices there are significant changes ongoing in the market. How does the application of new technologies, blacklisting and re-processing improve the airline bottom line and boost those all important ancillary revenues.
     Led by: Rich Salter – Chief Technical Officer, Lumexis Corporation
     Marlo McGriff, Google Wallet
     Jeff Mullen – CEO, Dynamics Inc.  
     Dan Thompson – Director of Marketing and Communication, GuestLogix

Wireless IFE & Portable Systems
Portable IFE systems (re-purposed, purpose-built and consumer products) are currently in vogue with many airlines trialling or installing systems in their fleets. In parallel some airlines have been introducing wireless streaming of content to airline supplied and/or passenger PEDs. What has the reaction been from the market? Are these systems delivering the expected performance? Have wireless system/service suppliers demonstrated to the studios that they have the required output protection to gain early-window release movies for streaming to both airline and passenger devices? 
     Led by: Mary Kirby – Editor in Chief, APEX Media Platform 
     David Brown – Joint Managing Director, Bluebox Avionics Ltd.
     Michael Childers – Chief Consultant, Content and Media Strategy, Lufthansa Systems
     John Guidon – Chief Technical Officer and Co-Founder, Row 44
     Julie Lichty – Senior Manager, Media Services, Thales Avionics Inc.
     Mark Richman – Product Line Manager, Global Communications Services, Panasonic Avionics Corporation
     Mary Rogozinski  – Manager Content Partnerships, Gogo       
     Rich Salter – Chief Technical Officer, Lumexis Corporation
     Dave Sampson – CEO, Mezzo
     Duc Huy Tran – Cabin Systems Marketing Director, Rockwell Collins

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