Aviation Blockchain Sandbox
Blockchain technology is one of the most hyped technologies in recent times. It’s also a confusing mix of terminology such as consensus models, smart contracts, ICOs, public vs. permissioned. There are as many use cases as there are open questions. This raises barriers to understanding and raises unrealistic expectations for what blockchain technology can do.
"As an industry, we need to get to the point where we can determine if blockchain is of use to us. And if it is of use, what is the best way to deploy, manage, operate and govern this shared technology. The Aviation Blockchain Sandbox is all about accelerating this process," - Gus Pina, Director of SITA Lab
Blockchain is, at its heart, a collaborative technology. Over two years of research, SITA Lab, SITA's strategic technology research arm, has formed the opinion that a private permissioned blockchain best serves the requirements of the industry for a multitude of use cases. In order to accelerate the understanding of blockchain in the industry, SITA is launching the Aviation Blockchain Sandbox. This is a fully managed blockchain infrastructure for airlines, airports and other industry stakeholders to use. Participants can join existing dApps (such as Flight Chain), collaborate on new dApps that SITA will be building or deploy their own. Participants can host their own node, or simply use the existing network as is.
The Aviation Blockchain Sandbox is a SITA Lab initiative to accelerate the understanding of blockchain technology in the air transport industry.
Update #2 - 31/07/2018This project is a follow-on project form the 2017 Flight Chain project (https://www.sita.aero/resources/blog/blockchain-in-air-travel). During the course of that project, we learned:
• Permissioned/Private blockchains are preferred for enterprise use cases read more
What's in the Sandbox
Scalable architecture fit for purpose, ready to use. Attach your own node to the network or use the infrastructure as is.
- dApp Templates
Reference code on Github to kick start your own projects.
We will operate the the network according to agreed community standards and setup trust frameworks to manage sharing of data.
- Community Love
Join a community of innovators to work on use-cases of common interest and benefit for the air transport industry.
- Phase 1 - September 2018
Initial launch of the blockchain infrastructure, with Flight Chain dApp. Airlines and airports, with a source of operational flight data, will be able to contribute to and use this dApp.
- Phase 2 - October 2018
Airlines and airports will be able to deploy their own dApps onto the blockchain.
- Phase 3 - December 2018
Airlines and airports will be able to host their own blockchain nodes.