SAE International Announces Formation of New Standards Committee for Artificial Intelligence in Aviation Systems

In conjunction with the timing of the 53rd International Paris Airshow,SAE International® announced the formation of the new SAE G-34 Committee for Applied Artificial Intelligence in Aviation Systems.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is poised to transform the aerospace industry, impacting all areas in which computing and aerospace intersect. AI will embed into and transform the digital systems used to design, manufacture, operate, and maintain aerial vehicles, and when leveraged successfully, it will dramatically change how the aerospace industry operates.

The new SAE International committee will help guide safe and successful adoption of AI technologies in through the development of industry consensus standards and recommended practices within SAE. The committee will evaluate applications for AI usage in aviation systems, with an initial focus on systems critical to performing and managing flight and will propose standards to support implementation and certification.

“To realize these benefits, the industry must come together to ensure AI is applied in a safe, stable, and scalable manner. Standards must be developed that the entire industry ecosystem can support. They must be developed in conjunction with our regulators, and most importantly, they must engender the public trust,” Mark Roboff, committee chair, said.

“This new committee is being formed at a critical time as the public takes a hard look at the role automation and machine learning play in flight and in the wider aviation system. Formed from membership across the aerospace and aviation ecosystem, this committee will identify the best practices and will establish the standards that ensure AI can be applied and certified in a manner that achieves these criteria,” Roboff added.

The new committee proposal follows the expert panel on AI at SAE’s Aerospace Standards Summit in October 2018 and is supported by the strategic assessment of the SAE International Digital and Data Steering Group (DDSG) and input from numerous stakeholders across the value chain. As part of its ongoing function, the committee will pursue similar efforts in other industry spaces such as automotive to benefit from cross-sector collaboration.

“There has been considerable anticipation in the formation of the G-34 committee and SAE International is honored to support the global aviation community in supporting the integration of artificial intelligence applications through the development of consensus standards,” states David Alexander, SAE International Aerospace Standards Director. “Artificial intelligence and machine learning are critical enablers of the industry’s future and a key part of SAE’s strategic mission to advance aviation technology and capability. We look forward to working with the committee members in developing the necessary standards for the application of AI.”

SAE International is a global association committed to advancing mobility knowledge and solutions for the benefit of humanity. By engaging nearly 200,000 engineers, technical experts and volunteers, we connect and educate mobility professionals to enable safe, clean, and accessible mobility solutions. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our philanthropic SAE Foundation, including programs award-winning programs like A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™.


HPE’s new storage, edge, and cloud computing offerings mark ‘the dawn of the intelligence era’

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced new storage solutions, as well as advancements in edge and cloud computing at HPE Discover in Las Vegas on Tuesday. HPE is pushing 2019 as “the dawn of the intelligence era,” as the natural progression from the cloud computing era, and the flash storage era that preceded it.

Here are the biggest announcements from the opening of the conference.

Guaranteeing 100% data availability with HPE Primera

HPE Primera, the new “mission-critical storage” solution, comes with the lofty guarantee of 100% data availability, “without requiring special contracts or onerous terms,” though Primera does require Proactive Care and InfoSight service agreement as a precondition for deployment. At Discover, representatives from HPE characterized the guarantee as a “credit of up to 20% for that customer” for future upgrades and services.

Performance is likewise claimed to increase with Primera, with an “all-active architecture that brings massive parallelism and multi-node performance, which accelerates applications, including 122% faster Oracle performance,” according to a press release. HPE also claims a 20-minute self-installation, and 5-minute software upgrade process.

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HPE’s storage portfolio is, to a significant extent, a story of mergers and acquisitions. HPE is touting seamless deployment of Primera for existing 3PAR customers. (3PAR was acquired by HP in 2010.) HPE acquired Nimble Storage in 2017. These products continue to exist as current supported offerings, though for slightly different usage scenarios.


Secure Edge Data Center for Microsoft Azure Stack

Perhaps the most notable announcement came from HPE Edge Computing, with the ruggedized “Secure Edge Data Center for Microsoft Azure Stack,” an IP55-rated cabinet providing “environmental protection, cooling, redundant power supply and distribution and automated management.” It allows customers to run Azure applications in adverse environments like factories or oil rigs, according to a press release.

Generally, Azure Stack certified hardware allows organizations to run Azure applications from the public Azure cloud, while leveraging data on-premise. HPE’s offering is akin to Panasonic’s Toughbook—as a ruggedized system for use on-site—though in contrast to the Toughbook being a notebook PC, the Secure Edge Data Center is essentially a specialized rack.

The Secure Edge Data Center is available in sizes starting at 800x1200x2250 mm, and is shipped “completely factory integrated, with plug-and-play onsite experience,” according to an HPE presentation.


HPE Composable Cloud circles in existing ProLiant hardware

For the first time, users of existing HPE ProLiant 360, 380, and 560 Gen10 servers can be migrated into HPE’s Composable Cloud infrastructure, using the OneView infrastructure management solution.

HPE also announced the SimpliVity 325, an AMD EPYC-based 1U system with all-flash storage, targeted for remote office or space-constrained locations, as well as the SimpliVity 380 storage-optimized node for HDD/SSD storage, with the ability to synchronize copies of data from off-site SimpliVity implementations.

So far, HPE Discover 2019 is more iterative than transformative—the prospect of 100% data availability is certainly interesting, though the language surrounding how companies are compensated in the event of failure is more difficult to pin down. It is a lofty goal, however, and will set HPE apart from Dell EMC, to say nothing of potentially competing products also sold by HPE. Likewise, HPE’s continued reliance on AMD CPUs for some server products should bring attention, as Intel’s ability to deliver Xeon CPUs on time and in sufficient quantities may be prompting this move.

Fortunately, HPE Discover has thus far been absent any major missteps, such as the $1,000 monitor stand showcased at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference earlier this month.

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HPE’s Primera appliance, at Discover 2019.

Dealers Now Have Unequaled Insight and Control Over the Liability and Financial Impacts Caused by Safety Recalls

Most dealers are unable to obtain the full liability and financial impacts of safety recalls, or the specific actions they should take to minimize these risks and maximize profitability. Worse, mainstream recall sources often fail to identify affected vehicles or provide delayed recall reporting for weeks to months later. Dealers can ill-afford to find out after selling vehicles that they were affected prior to sale.

Therefore, to help dealers make even better business decisions, AutoAp today launched Safety Recall Insights℠. Using proprietary business intelligence technology, Safety Recall Insights leverages AutoAp’s Dynamic Recall Management (DRM) service, which provides the most accurate, timely and comprehensive recall management capabilities in the industry.

“I can see our safety recall performance at a glance, right on my phone. Before we started using AutoAp’s services, we thought we had recalls handled. I don’t think there’s anything else out there that can compare.” – Mike Baker, Digital Media Manager, Antioch Auto Group: Antioch, CA.

Safety Recall Insights enables dealers to:

  • Gain insights into their safety recall liability and financial impacts,
  • Reduce liability based on specific recommendations rendered by Safety Recall Insight’s on-demand business intelligence,
  • Generate additional warranty reimbursement by identifying more in-brand safety recalls, and
  • Compare performance against dealers in their state, nationally, those who carry their brands, and Best Practices dealerships.

Safety Recall Insights incorporates AutoAp’s Safety Recall Liability Score℠, and is also accessible from mobile devices for on-hand and on-demand recall insights, showing the results of their recall management efforts.

“AutoAp’s services are the key to our success in the market. Their new business intelligence service – coupled with AutoAp’s Dynamic Recall Management service – makes it simple for any dealer to solve the recall problem.” – Brad Sowers, Dealer Principal, Jim Butler Auto Group: St. Louis, MO.

This proprietary SaaS (software as a service) product enhances AutoAp’s DRM service, used by more than 1,000 dealership rooftops and by numerous rental car companies and fleet managers.

AutoAp’s research indicates that on average, dealerships nationwide have more than 15 vehicles out of every 100 in inventory with at least one open safety recall – a 15% ‘open rate’. DRM users have decreased their average ‘open rate’ to 4.7% and ‘power users’ have an open rate of 2.6%, an 83% reduction of ‘open-recalled vehicles’ in inventory, with a commensurate reduction in recall liability.

“This is a game-changer. We’ve evaluated the information that comes from other providers who claim they have a good recall solution…they simply don’t come close to the reliability we get from AutoAp. You’re taking your chances if you don’t use AutoAp’s services. It’s like an insurance policy that pays for itself…plus so much more!” – Brad Preble, President, Carr Auto Group: Beaverton, OR.

Safety Recall Insights enables dealers to easily visualize the full economic gain to their dealership when they resolve recalls quickly. Dealers can:

  • Reduce holding costs
  • Increase revenue
  • Improve service bay efficiencies
  • Boost service warranty reimbursement revenue
  • Save significant time managing safety recalls
  • Obtain the most accurate and timely safety recall alerting system available

“Without an automated service providing on-demand insights to the liability and costs associated with safety recalls, it is difficult to know the full safety recall impacts. AutoAp’s solutions are the only insightful, accurate, timely and comprehensive professional-grade services – which are what dealers demand in this frequent-recall and highly-litigious market,” Mark Paul, CEO of AutoAp, Inc. told us.