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Data ownership, an issue that is still far from being resolved

Léo Barnier
31/10/2018 | 335 words
Data ownership, an issue that is still far from being resolved
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While digital tablets have broadly replaced bolts in the MRO Europe aisles, big data use has become vital for maintenance. This raises one question: to whom does this data belong? While some people are certain, we just need to look at how often this question rears its head to see that it is far from being resolved. And the stakes are huge: Boeing estimates the service market at 8 830 billion dollars over twenty years.

This debate is pitting most MRO actors - equipment manufacturers, specialist companies, etc. - against aircraft manufacturers. Despite their differences, the MRO actors confirm as one that this data belongs to the people who generates it; i.e. the operators. Therefore, they mean to ensure access to data and its enhancement, faced with the verticalisation in constructors and their growing interest in services. This is particularly true as single channels to retrieve data - such as Airbus's FOMAX - are becoming more popular.

Opposite them, aircraft manufacturers are doggedly claiming direct ownership of data. And yet they do not hesitate to put themselves forward as the cornerstone of any valuation process. Airbus is establishing co-development with operators and equipment manufacturers to meet operational challenges thanks to the possibilities provided by an open platform such as Skywise, which is developed by Airbus.

Boeing Global Services feels that it is more relevant to find out who is best placed to create value from this data than to find out who owns it; i.e. Boeing. And Embraer is raising data sharing agreements, but remains convinced that the most important thing is to determine who can use it effectively; i.e. Embraer.

This doesn't include the fact that another combat is going on behind the scenes. Boeing and Airbus have just declared that their services are for all aircraft, regardless of manufacturer. Each could therefore potentially have access to the other's data. This is a situation that they mean to avoid at any cost.
 
 
 
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