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IBM and Boeing to Develop Technology for Better Situational Awareness

IBM has launched a new chip technology that combines optical and electrical devices on the same silicon, enabling the computer chips to use light pulses rather than electrical signals, for communication.

As a result, more powerful, smaller and faster chips can be obtained, when compared to traditional technologies. This technology is called CMOS Integrated Silicon Nanophotonics, which has been developed after a 10-year research at the company’s global research laboratories.

IBM has also completed a pilot research on how quickly, changes in aviation events can be responded, along with Boeing. Under the First-of-a-Kind program of IBM Research, the pilot research was conducted by the Advanced Air Traffic Management group of Boeing Research and Technology.

For national security and passenger protection, when any airspace anomaly is identified, prompt availability of information is essential for the authorities to make informed decisions. For better situational awareness, the officials have been working to implement network centric operations, so that information can be quickly exchanged from different electronic sources.

Both IBM and Boeing are involved in developing a new technology to overcome the technical challenges while assembling different information at one time. To ensure that complex data has been collected from various sensors, the R3 (Responsive, Reliable and Real-Time) Messaging technology has been implemented.

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