AT&T IoT solutions power GE Aviation for connecting business jets

AT&T said its Internet of Things (IoT) solutions are assisting GE Aviation for connecting the onboard and offboard portions of the Aircraft Health and Trend Monitoring System (AHTMS) on Gulfstream G500, G600, G650 and G650ER business jets.

The telecom operator said that AT&T’s IoT solutions have the potential to significantly transform the operational efficiency of nearly any industry.

“It’s exciting to see that our solution with GE Aviation is giving them actionable insights into the performance and health of their planes,” said Chris Penrose, president, Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T.

Powered by PlaneConnectH, AT&T Control Center and AT&T Global SIM connects the AHTMS when the aircraft lands. The system is part of all new Gulfstream G500, G600, G650 and G650ER business jets.

AT&T said the G650 fleet called home and wirelessly sent data from all seven continents this year. If the customer chooses, Gulfstream Technical Operations can have access to the data to improve its Product Support.

The IoT-powered system can:

# Enable fleetwide comparison and trending as issues arise

# Support specialists by enabling data queries

# Send time-stamped data to a Web Portal dedicated to that aircraft

# Enable transient issue visibility providing resolution

# Present data to each operator in a prioritized and organized manner

# Benefits of constantly monitoring plane performance can be seen in the air and on the ground

# AHTMS’ monitoring system helps speed diagnostics and gives more time for notice and scheduling and performing maintenance

# Early detection helps maintenance and reduces downtime, keeping the aircraft in service

“Our focus is to help our customers and the industry to be more efficient,” said Darin DiTommaso, vice president of Digital Services and Solutions for GE Aviation.

GE Aviation relies on AT&T Control Center automation features. It utilizes a highly secure connection and a custom AT&T MPLS/VPN (Virtual Private Network). This gives better control and provides secure redundant connectivity to their global network. AT&T has encrypted and secured data traffic from the aircraft to Gulfstream Technical Operations and Gulfstream Operators.