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At the 2016 IT Summit, we invited top experts to share their perspectives on emerging technologies and trends. In this blog series, #AVTechTalks, you will hear first hand from them on a wide range of  topics ranging from blockchain technology to cognitive computing, cybersecurity and identity management. Stay tuned!


Renaud Irminger , Director of SITA Lab

Is blockchain the key to paperless travel?

From incorporating blockchain technology, to various future application possibilities, Renaud Irminger, Director of SITA Lab, outlines the vision for the next generation of single token travel.

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Sean Farrell , Head of Portfolio Management for SITA

Managing single token travel at the border

Sean Farrell, Head of Portfolio Management for SITA, believes that the fast, secure and seamless walkthrough experience of single token travel is within reach of passengers today. However, it depends on the full integration with  immigration and border checks.

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Robert Kastelitz , CIO of Denver International Airport

A data driven airport

From big data to improved passenger flow, Robert Kastelitz, CIO of Denver International Airport, discusses the technology allowing the airport to provide key, real-time information to their passengers.

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Mittu Chandilya , former MD & CEO of AirAsia India

Technology or people? Going hybrid in India

Mittu Chandilya, former MD & CEO of AirAsia India, provides us with insight on India's aviation environment. He details why he believes a hybrid approach is needed to tackle the challenges facing the air transport industry (ATI).

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Stephen Challis

Secure identity management made easy

From increasing passenger numbers, to growing security threats, SITA's Stephen Challis discusses the increasing need for secure identity management in the ATI, and how it can be implemented today.

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Dr. Simon Moores , Security Futurist and Risk consultant

Aviation cyberthreats - the weakest link

Key speaker at the recent IT Summit, Security Futurist and Risk consultant Dr. Simon Moores, shares fascinating insight into cybersecurity threats facing organizations. He identifies the broader threats for aviation and the weakest link.

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Charlie Sheridan , Director, IoT Systems Research Lab

IOT – Smart and Connected

Charlie Sheridan, Director, IoT Systems Research Lab, Intel focuses our attention on the three phases of IoT deployment. He discusses how the lack of standards in interconnectivity will prove a challenge and where the business value lies for aviation.

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Ian Ryder , VP New Business Concepts

NDC the next game changer

NDC is expected to change the overall commercial activities of the industry. Dominique El Bez, SITA and Ian Ryder, SITA discuss the need for airlines to be ready to expose their products through NDC and the challenges to the adoption of NDC by the multiple stakeholder.

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Gene Quinn , Chief Executive Office & Co-Founder, Tnooz

Wired for change

Gene Quinn, CEO & Co-Founder, Tnooz talks headline-grabbing travel and technology trends from chat bots to virtual reality.

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Joe Leader , CEO, APEX (Airline Passenger Experience Association)

Could not having inflight connectivity impact airline seat sales?

Joe Leader, CEO, APEX (Airline Passenger Experience Association) explains that with passengers placing a higher priority on value than seat price passenger experience is becoming decisive and inflight connectivity is playing a major role - and not just about entertainment or the ability to connect to family or friends.

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