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By Beth Bacheldor

Dolphin Works With Aman Aviation to Boost Airline RFID Adoption in India

Dolphin RFID, an end-to-end RFID solutions company based in India, and Aman Aviation, an Indian maintenance and repair organization (MRO) focused on aircraft components, have announced a partnership to drive adoption of RFID-based best practices in the Indian civil aviation sector. The two companies say they are promoting practices followed by such companies as Boeing and Airbus, and in the process will help airlines to reduce the amount of time airplanes spend on the ground, augment the number of trips, make air travel in India more cost-effective and profitable, and maintain high levels of safety.

Through the collaboration, Aman Aviation will leverage Dolphin RFID's technology to offer solutions for tracing and inspecting airplane equipment that needs to be checked prior to every takeoff, such as oxygen cylinders, first-aid kits, physician's kits, oxygen masks, fire extinguishers, lavatory items, life vests and seat belts. RFID can help to reduce inspection and maintenance times, the two companies report, without compromising the stringent aviation sector safety standards. In addition, they say, RFID solutions can support the efficient tracking of assets and inventory through all stages of a complex supply chain, from manufacturers to bonded stores and on to end users, followed by accurate cloud-based maintenance management for the aircrafts.

Using Dolphin's RFID technology, Aman Aviation can help the ground maintenance staff to track and trace the special tools required for maintenance.

Dolphin's solutions are based on the use of its copyrighted Java-based middleware, known as Edge Wizard. In the commercial aviation sector, the firm explains, most parts required for inventory are supplied with RFID tags. In the Indian aviation sector (as well as in most countries), these tags are not being read to achieve better inventory efficiencies. Dolphin will provide readers from Zebra Technologies, ATID and Hanmi. The first order utilizes Hanmi readers with Dolphin's patent-applied solution working on an Android smartphone. For solutions such as maintenance management, Near Field Communication (NFC) tags will be used, for the most part. For solutions for tool tracking, Dolphin will employ Xerafy and Omni-ID tags.

Aman Aviation plans to use the first of the solutions for its own MRO activities. The company and Dolphin expect to make their RFID-enabled solutions available to Indian airlines sometime during the third quarter of this year.

The Indian aviation sector is on the verge of an exponential expansion that will require an expanded workforce, Dolphin RFID claims, citing a recent research report from KPMG and FICCI that estimates India will be the third largest aviation market by 2020. Per the new civil aviation policy recently cleared by India's government, airlines with a fleet of 20 flights are eligible to introduce overseas flights. RFID solutions will enable airlines to turn around faster by seamlessly managing assets and inventory, having necessary safety checks performed within few seconds and ensuring the highest level of security.

The new civil aviation policy has relieved MROs from having to pay royalties to the airports in which they operate, Aman Aviation reports, which may translate into savings of about 20 percent of operating costs. The money saved can be used to implement technologies, such as RFID, to enable cost-effective, safer and on-schedule air travel for Indian customers.

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