3 Key Digital Trends in 2018 – what you might see at this year's Singapore Airshow

As we stand in the beginning of 2018, it is a good time to see some of the key digital trends that might shape the rest of the year. We also think you might see some of these innovations in the up-coming Singapore Airshow 2018. Keep your eyes peeled for Thales Stand (F-23) during 6 – 11 February. Visit our dedicated webpage for more information.


1) As airlines strive to deliver a seamless digital experience to passengers in the sky, they will also make strides in digitalising their operations

In-flight connectivity and entertainment will continue to improve but it’s more interesting to see how airlines will digitalise their operations.
As operations cost rises, one area airlines will look at is maintenance. Predictive analytics is now being sought to plan maintenance schedules more intelligently – eliminating unnecessary maintenance checks and automatically flagging repairs only when needed.
Slowly, we’re also seeing robots being used for various purposes, from self-driving baggage carts to concierge service, and many others.
Advancements in facial recognition, biometrics, and fingerprint identification are also paving the way for new efficiencies in passenger check-in and luggage drop-off.
Even customer service is being transformed with the introduction of AI-powered virtual assistants used in airline call centres.

2) We’ll see more human-machine collaboration with greater injection of digital platforms, augmented intelligence and autonomy features into defense systems

Benefits of AI will bring new human capabilities and capacity like extended reach to more dangerous or lengthy tasks, quicker decision processes, delegation for repetitive specific tasks dealing with large and complex data sets, persistence, resilience and reliability against fatigue and behavioural bias. On the other hand, human judgement, intuition and emotion will remain essential to supervise defense systems.
New digital platforms are also being developed or acquired by major defense players. They are designed right off the bat as open architecture to benefit from top-notch technologies and expertise generated by dynamic start-ups and SMEs. OEMS are actively partnering and teaming up with such innovative start-ups.

3) As the world economy goes digital and the adoption of technologies such as IoT accelerates, cyber threats will continue to persist

As various industries digitalise, they leverage technologies to build unique applications and find new efficiencies and process improvements. For example, organisations are increasingly turning to invest in the micro-services framework as a starting point for any newly designed application. A greater desire for heightened security is also likely to be both exhibited and more widely implemented in such services.
But are these micro-services secure enough? How can effective cryptography be delivered? What more can be done to protect information? There are still plenty of question marks so it is important for enterprises to address how they can ensure that these frameworks are as secure as possible.
The cloud is another area where we’ve seen a growth in demand and, increasingly, buyers expect cloud services to come with security capabilities by default.
Ultimately, the digitalisation of the economy is driving a torrential outflow and inflow of data, making data a powerful currency this year and for years to come. As data continue to gain power, cybercriminals will be relentless in finding vulnerabilities to get access to data. Expect this risk to multiply as more IoT devices get introduced in the market, both for consumers and the enterprise.
As the adoption of IoT devices is still at its nascent stages, there needs to be a better way to secure such connected devices. IoT device manufacturers should not think of security as an afterthought, but rather integrate it early in the ideation and design process.
Thales acknowledges cybersecurity will be a vital element of the emerging digital ecosystem across industries, and has dedicated significant resources towards helping businesses to strengthen their defences against cyber threats. Recent acquisition of Vormetric, Guavus, and Gemalto - all trusted names in the field of cybersecurity – will only help Thales accelerate its capabilities protecting organisations and reinforce its position as a world leader in digital security.