Nowadays in aviation we commonly hear terms such as connectivity bandied around, often in relation to highly advanced aircraft and their sensor-heavy components. In more recent times one of the offshoots of the connectivity drive, the Internet of Things (IoT), has become a bigger part of the conversation and is increasingly viewed a key element of civil aviation's future.
But could it be that the age of IoT is already upon us? In his latest guest article for MRO Network, Bhoopathi Rapolu, head of analytics EMEA at Indian engineering firm Cyient certainly appears to think so. He believes 2015 marked a year when the next generation of aircraft powered by IoT capabilities and Big Data “hit scales that have never seen before.”