To improve time-to-market for new aircraft, Airbus has deployed Oracle Secure Global Desktop to provide real-time access to its test flight performance data, as part of its telemetry applications and flight testing processes.
With an increasingly dispersed workforce across sixteen sites around Europe and a global supply chain network spanning 30 countries, Airbus needed a 'secure, scalable, and flexible' remote access solution for its centralised telemetry applications.
Airbus' telemetry applications provide real-time information about status, and values of physical or avionic parameters, allowing flight data from a test flight maneuver to be evaluated in as fast as milliseconds.
Oracle Secure Global Desktop enabled Airbus aircraft designers, structural engineers, and other staff to access test data from server-hosted environments via a Web browser, allowing Airbus experts to provide nearly instant feedback from their off-site locations and reduce test-flight cycles.
Oracle Secure Global Desktop allows Airbus to provide access to its real-time telemetry applications using a standard corporate PC, providing a single-pane view for both UNIX applications and standard corporate Windows tools such as office productivity suites.
Prior to implementing Oracle Secure Global Desktop, technical teams needed to travel to the company's center in Toulouse, France to be on hand for aircraft testing in order to immediately evaluate test results. Removing this travel requirement has saved significant time and cost, according to Oracle.
Enabling selected aircraft part manufacturers to access live testing data for their components allowed them to provide immediate feedback and 'rapidly rectify' issues.
Secure remote access with Oracle Secure Global Desktop has also helped Airbus accelerate compliance with global aviation regulations, reduce time spent on aircraft preparation, and complete tests required by potential customers more quickly, it is claimed.
In addition, by keeping the critical data centralized, Oracle Secure Global Desktop has said it has eliminated the need to manually transfer sensitive flight test results to outside locations, reducing the risk of security breaches.