Microsoft’s intelligent assistant Cortana will be assisting the Boeing airline operators from the data which is stored in the cloud. Microsoft and Boeing have announced a partnership which is supposed to move the Boeing’s digital aviation offerings to Azure, making the servers smarter as stated by Microsoft.
Microsoft representative stated that “Centralizing Boeing’s digital aviation applications on Azure will allow Boeing to analyze a large set of data provided from multiple sources.” The Cortana is expected to help the airline operators in managing inventory, schedule pilots and crews along with scheduling maintenance from the data that has been collected from the cloud.
The idea of this collaboration is more than just making Cortana flying planes, it is designed in such a way so as to use data analysis on the information that has been gathered on daily basis with the goal to eliminate time and effort wasted on frequently used processes.
This centralized ‘smart scheduler’ will be knowing which plane needs maintenance along with staff availability and cargo load-outs, which can be more efficient than the human-run systems.
But along with advantages comes disadvantages too, in this case, the centralized system, which people believe can be hacked. Microsoft and Boeing are well aware of this and responded that security is a key consideration in their well designed systems.