Cashing benefits of automated train operation requires more than tech developments – Interview with Alfons Schaafsma, ProRail

Cashing benefits of automated train operation requires more than tech developments – Interview with Alfons Schaafsma, ProRail

Alfons Schaafsma is Advisor Innovation and Development at ProRail. He will speak about Automated Train Operation – an important building block for modern railways during the Cargo Innovation Conference, which will take place on Jun 07, 2018, at Maaspoort, Venlo, The Netherlands.

What drives you?

I have been working in the railway industry for more than 30 years. The need to modernize is maybe more evident than has ever been. The demands e.g. sustainability, facilitating the growth of mobility, increase, while competing modes are innovating fast. Continue reading “Cashing benefits of automated train operation requires more than tech developments – Interview with Alfons Schaafsma, ProRail”

Software systems that enable unique drone applications have great potential – Chris Kucera, OneSky

Chris Kucera

Software systems that enable unique drone applications have great potential – Chris Kucera, OneSky

Chris Kucera is an employee of OneSky and the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the company. OneSky is a subsidiary of Analytical Graphics, Inc., an established software developer with a 28-year history supporting the aerospace community with proven software for planning and analysis of dynamic systems. Chris has been with the company for 15 years and started his career in Colorado Springs. Prior to AGI he worked for Booz Allen Hamilton as a consultant to NASA. He now lives and works in the DC area and has supported UTM development for over 4 years. Chris’ current focus is to guide the development of software products that predict the safety of flight for beyond visual line of site operations. Chris is an Aerospace Engineer from Virginia Tech. He’s also a commercially rated multi-engine pilot and flies a Beechcraft Bonanza from his home field in Fredericksburg Virginia. On Mar 20, he will speak about Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM) at the Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference, the North Carolina Global TransPark, USA.

What drives you?

I’m in love with flying machines and driven to help integrate UAS into the airspace in a safe and efficient manner.

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?

New aircraft concepts are being introduced at a rapid pace. These systems will all rely on software to operate. Software is the brains behind automation and will help derive value from our new flying machines. I think the greatest potential will be derived from software systems that enable unique drone applications. The biggest challenge is understanding the dynamic geospatial environment and performing analysis to help support the automation. Continue reading “Software systems that enable unique drone applications have great potential – Chris Kucera, OneSky”

UCA to alter longstanding cost metrics & business patterns in entire cargo industry – Anthony Pizarro, Romaeris

Anthony Pizarro

UCA to alter longstanding cost metrics & business patterns in entire cargo industry – Interview with Anthony Pizarro, Romaeris

Anthony Pizarro is President of Romaeris Corporation. He has played a role in the creation or development of four companies, is an expert reviewer of business plans for two funding agencies promoting technology companies, and has sat on the boards of a number of public and private companies and nonprofit organizations. On Mar 20, he will speak about The Economics of Unmanned Cargo Aircraft at the Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference, North Carolina Global TransPark, USA.

What drives you?

I am passionate about the potential of technology to create a world with new opportunities and wealth for everyone; at the same time I believe we must always be aware of potential unanticipated social problems when previous ways of life are disrupted. Continue reading “UCA to alter longstanding cost metrics & business patterns in entire cargo industry – Anthony Pizarro, Romaeris”

Autonomy and connectivity are the themes for the future of aviation – Kyle Snyder, NGAT Consortium

Kyle Snyder

Autonomy and connectivity are the themes for the future of aviation – Interview with Kyle Snyder, NGAT Consortium

Kyle Snyder is NextGen Air Transportation Consortium Director, NGAT Consortium at North Carolina State University, USA. He will speak about Integrating UAS for Healthcare Package Delivery in North Carolina at the Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference, on 20 March 2018 at the North Carolina Global TransPark, USA.

Despite not being a pilot or an aerospace engineer, Kyle has developed a reputation for research leadership and comprehensive knowledge of the impacts of modern technology on the aviation transportation system. Kyle has focused on supporting the broad integration of UAS into the national airspace for routine, commercial applications since 2000. In 2015 he secured North Carolina State University’s position on the FAA’s UAS Center of Excellence ASSURE Alliance. He continues to work with industry, government, and academic institutions to support the transition of research and new technologies from laboratories into operational aerospace products.

What drives you?

I have been committed to developing UAS technologies and supporting UAS integration into the national airspace system since 2000. Accessing the 3rd dimension through aviation technologies presents so many opportunities for economic impact, research and discovery, and personal enrichment (the view is always rewarding). Seeing aviation technologies move from the laboratory into routine operational applications is always exciting. Continue reading “Autonomy and connectivity are the themes for the future of aviation – Kyle Snyder, NGAT Consortium”

Drones to drive separation of living space on land and moving space in the sky – Hiroshi Irie, SkyWings

Hiroshi Irie

Drones to drive separation of living space on land and moving space in the sky – Hiroshi Irie, SkyWings

Hiroshi Irie will speak about World and Japan drone market at the Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference, on March 20 2018, at North Carolina Global TransPark, USA.

Hiroshi Irie is COO of SkyWings Inc. He has 10 years in business planning of optical lenses at HOYA Corporation, and has a relationship with the drone industry. After that he started working for SkyWings and will work for domestic and foreign companies in drone industry. Continue reading “Drones to drive separation of living space on land and moving space in the sky – Hiroshi Irie, SkyWings”

Public perception, safety concerns, lack of regulations, some of the largest limitations facing LUCA to NAS integration – Interview with Mark Patrick Collins, Founder, LUCA Air

mark patrick collins

Public perception, safety concerns, lack of regulations, some of the largest limitations facing LUCA to NAS integration – Interview with Mark Patrick Collins, Founder, LUCA Air

Mark Patrick Collins will speak about The future market for Large Unmanned Cargo Aircraft in the national airspace system at the Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference, on March 20 2018, at North Carolina Global TransPark, USA.

Mark Patrick Collins: Within the next 2-5 years the FAA will develop the safety regulations that will allow large unmanned aircraft systems (LUAS) to operate with other manned aircraft in the U.S. It is my goal to work with the FAA and industry to develop the infrastructure, technical know-how, and establish the customer base to operate large unmanned cargo aircraft in the National Airspace System (NAS). Continue reading “Public perception, safety concerns, lack of regulations, some of the largest limitations facing LUCA to NAS integration – Interview with Mark Patrick Collins, Founder, LUCA Air”

Blockchain is not a solution for all problems – Interview with Klara Paardenkooper, Rotterdam Business School

Blockchain is not a solution for all problems – Interview with Klara Paardenkooper, Rotterdam Business School

Klara Paardenkooper is Senior Lecturer and Researcher at Rotterdam Business School. She will speak about Logistic Applications of Blockchain during the Cargo Innovation Conference, which will take place on Jun 07, 2018, at Maaspoort, Venlo, The Netherlands. 

What drives you?

I am driven by passion for teaching and research. The young people that the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences gave me to my care are the professionals of the future, who will shape the world when I am in a retirement home and gone. It is thrilling to be allowed to have an influence on that.

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?

On the short run hardware and software innovations, which I think will go faster than Gartner suggests. When quantum computering gets in the speed of developments will multiply. On the long run I think that biomedical engineering will steal the show. Continue reading “Blockchain is not a solution for all problems – Interview with Klara Paardenkooper, Rotterdam Business School”

Quiet harbingers of momentous changes – Interview with Hans Heerkens, Platform UCA

quantum computers

Quiet harbingers of momentous changes – Interview with Hans Heerkens, Chairman Platform UCA (PUCA)

Hans Heerkens is a speaker at the Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference, on November 23, 2017, at Avio Aero, Rivalta di Torino, Italy.

Far from the spotlight of the media, technologies are developed that can significantly change aviation – and society- especially when applied jointly. Two of them are 3D printing and quantum computers. Perhaps you do not think of aviation right away. But these technologies can profoundly change aviation, and may have a major impact on tomorrow’s world.

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is a technique by which an object is constructed in thin layers, as if a printer does not apply one layer of ink to paper, but layer after layer. The significant advantage is that more and more items can be manufactured wherever and whenever they are needed. This saves time and transport costs. Experiments are already conducted with 3D printing of food. In combination with nanotechnology, which can change properties of materials considerably, the possibilities seem unlimited.

From anywhere to everywhere Continue reading “Quiet harbingers of momentous changes – Interview with Hans Heerkens, Platform UCA”

Tracking pallet transport – Interview with Holger Heckmann, Ahrma

Tracking pallet transport – Interview with Holger Heckmann, Ahrma

Holger Heckmann, business development director and experienced in returnable asset management, business and product development & Internet of Things solutions for the logistic industry for Ahrma Pooling, will talk about the latest tracking devices for pallets and other freight handling items on June 14, at the Cargo Innovation Conference in Venlo.

Ahrma Holding BV was founded in 2014. Headquarters and the production plant are located in Deventer, The Netherlands. On short notice Ahrma will open affiliate regional offices in three countries worldwide, serving clients’ logistics in the industrial food, beverage, pharmaceutical and retail industries.

Smart platform

It’s Ahrma’s vision to increase and improve the total visibility in the supply chain. Ahrma is doing this through a completely new smart pallet platform concept for the logistics market. Using an active wireless transponder that is integrated in new innovative hybrid wood/plastic pallets, and together with track & trace software from Ahrma, it will be possible to record not just the position and movement of the pallets, but also their ambient temperature, load state and any possible impact or dropping of the pallets. Continue reading “Tracking pallet transport – Interview with Holger Heckmann, Ahrma”

Space for unmanned cargo vehicles – Interview with Laurence Duquerroy, European Space Agency

Space for unmanned cargo vehicles – Interview with Laurence Duquerroy, European Space Agency

Laurence Duquerroy
 is project manager in the Telecommunications and Integrated Applications Directorate of the European Space Agency, Mrs. Duquerroy is contributing to the development of new applications and services involving Satellite Communications, Satellite Earth Observations and Satellite Navigation technologies. She is in particular leading projects related to aerial and maritime domains. Laurence Duquerroy will speak at the Cargo Innovation Conference in Venlo, The Netherlands, on June 14.

IAP, why is it needed?

The Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) element of ESA’s ARTES programme is dedicated to the development of innovative sustainable services for a wide range of users making use of one or more space assets. In a nutshell, IAP is needed for daily life!

“These could be satellite communications, Earth observation, satellite navigation, space weather, human spaceflight technologies. Integrated Applications projects offer solutions to problems that range from improving and securing transport systems to developing emergency and disaster management systems, addressing users/customers needs in a variety of economic sectors.  Continue reading “Space for unmanned cargo vehicles – Interview with Laurence Duquerroy, European Space Agency”