Flight Safety

The Problem with Parts

An airline's flight safety record is its Holy Grail, one it must protect, at all cost. After all, what can be more valuable to airlines and airplane manufacturers than the safety of millions of of commercial passengers or the lives of soldiers flying to and from combat And yet, airplane manufacturers today have little transparency into whether the parts that go into their highly computerized planes are real or counterfeit. With airplanes becoming increasingly sophisticated and automated, a single fake part could prove a point of tragic failure.

The stakes are perhaps never higher than when you are flying 30,000 feet above the ground at speeds of 500+ mph. But this is the norm for airlines. Commercial aviation demands that high performance passenger planes safely and consistently deliver year after year. The strain on these vehicles is immense and is only eclipsed by the necessity to ensure dependability. Both business and, more importantly, lives are at stake.

The consistency of each aircraft’s performance comes down to, literally, the sum of its high specification parts. But how do airline companies, tasked with ensuring those critical parts are manufactured to precision, deliver with 100 percent guarantee?

Flying in the Dark

The airline parts business is quite complicated. Most manufacturing has moved overseas but nevertheless, tight specifications are necessary to ensure that regulatory mandates are met. The ability to prove the provenance of these parts is non-negotiable. If that proof cannot be provided, these parts, no matter the cost, must be scrapped. And the whole process is largely paper based. Even within strict rules governing their manufacture, more than a million counterfeit parts flood into military aircraft in any given year. If that is the case in military aviation, imagine what an in depth analysis of commercial aviation might yield. Clear Skies And Smooth Air: What Gem Can Do Today

The problem is that of part provenance. How can it be ensured that the part that any given airline has ordered is in fact the exact part from the exact manufacturer? In a business where total precision is key, this is a tough requirement. The part must be diligently tracked from its origins as raw material, across the supply chain, and onto the plane.

Some see an impossible problem. We at Gem see blue skies. Through the configuration of GemOS, a plane manufacturer can see how a critical part traverses the supply chain. They can then seamlessly track that same part through its lifecycle while in operation. Before the plane part even entered the supply chain, as it was being produced, a specification was thoroughly vetted and committed to GemOS. When commercial aviation companies need a crucial part for their AOG desks, when regulators need insight, when insurance companies need to keep a multimillion dollar asset under watch, GemOS comes through.. And we do this without revealing any critical data from other network participants. Total availability with complete privacy delivered to those who need insight when they need it.

See Beyond Your Horizon

What Gem Will Do Tomorrow

Commercial aviation serves as humanity’s hub, much like the family kitchen table. . The majority of people and things intersect at this hub in one way or another, even if briefly Now imagine what can happen when the data from the movement of these billions of people and things is available for large scale analytics. And imagine that the integrity of that data is maintained and identities are protected. Imagine the value of the collective intelligence gathered, what’s also known as Collective IQ.

Gem is designing the value web now. We’ll see you there and rest assured we’ll be ahead of schedule.

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