Integration

The IFS platform provides cross-module data transfer integrity which insures that any data which is imported, inserted by the crew or is generated in any module is used across the platform in a robust, structured data model.  The data is automatically validated in all Modules.  The Back-Office portal engine is normally hosted by IFS on superfast, multi redundant and secure server systems, can be integrated with the majority of IT back-end systems typically used by commercial operators.  IFS integrates with more than 45 different back-end system solutions and applications.

The Paperless Flight Bag™ Integration concept

Providing an EFB software application used solely by the crew is only one half of an EFB platform solution.  The other half resides on the ground in the form of a powerful Back-Office Portal engine.  The Back-Office engine takes care of data import/export to/from the EFB platform system as well as it handles all data traffic to/from the EFB hardware units.  This solution is provided as an integrated component by IFS along with standard included hosting services.  The integration concept utilized by IFS means that the Paperless Flight Bag™ solution becomes an EFB system for the whole airline due to its integration capabilities, and not just an application used be the crew.

Data Transfer Integrity concept

The Paperless Flight Bag™ platform provides cross-module data transfer integrity which insures that any data, which is either imported, keyed in by the crew or calculated by any module, is used across the platform in a robust, structured data model. The data is automatically validated in all modules where it will be used and the operator is immediately notified if any limits are exceeded.  Each client receives a customized warning criteria system set-up that allows the desired warning functions to appear as required.

Data Transfer Integrity concept

The Paperless Flight Bag™ platform provides cross-module data transfer integrity which insures that any data, which is either imported, keyed in by the crew or calculated by any module, is used across the platform in a robust, structured data model. The data is automatically validated in all modules where it will be used and the operator is immediately notified if any limits are exceeded.  Each client receives a customized warning criteria system set-up that allows the desired warning functions to appear as required.

Integration set-up to In-house or hosted Back-end IT systems

Even though many of the back-end IT systems used by airline operators in the daily operation are well known and integration has been performed earlier, a standard plug-and-play integration really does not exist when it comes to EFB integration work.  There are often several versions of the same software in the market and one version of a scheduling and crew planning system for one operator might not be exactly identical to another version of the same system for another operator.  Or some module functions might not be on subscription or the data import or data export options might be limited due to lack of version upgrades, local network or hosting limitations.  IFS operates in general with standard platform integration fees which takes the hassle out of planning your EFB project phases.

Information Security Architecture

The security of digital information is seen as a critical feature and it has therefore been a topmost priority in the implementation of the Paperless Flight Bag™ solution.  The overall information security architecture surrounding the EFB solution is based on upon the Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability (CIA) approach.  The CIA approach ensures that digital information, in the form of data, is not compromised during transmission, operation or when in storage.  In addition, it also ensures that the information remains readily available for access at anytime.  Following the CIA approach, all data transmissions between the Paperless Flight Bag™ devices and the servers are performed by utilizing secure connections.  The Paperless Flight Bag™ solution utilizes the TLS cryptographic protocol to create secure connections in which data is encrypted during transmission.  In addition, the TLS cryptographic protocol ensures data integrity during transmissions.  As an added security enhancement the data is pre-compressed to ensure shorter transmission length.  This minimizes the risk of disruption due to network availability issues such as weak signal reception or limited bandwidth.

The Paperless Flight Bag™ solution utilizes a cloud based server environment which provides a number of benefits in terms of security, scalability, operational uptime, and backup. The cloud servers are hosted by professional and reputed service providers who have vast experience in delivering high grade server solutions. Security, being a top priority, is ensured by limiting access to the servers and only using encrypted communication. In addition, the servers are protected by a robust firewall service. The cloud based server environment is highly scalable and has inbuilt load balancing to ensure optimal utilization of the server setup.  The uninterrupted availability of data and services is part of the CIA approach and therefore the multiple synchronized server instances spread over multiple locations ensure that the system is extremely agile and resistant towards breakdown of critical services supporting the Paperless Flight Bag™ solution.

The Paperless Flight Bag™ devices routinely perform update checks to ensure that the devices have the latest data in terms of airport data and documents.  In addition, the Paperless Flight Bag™ device software is updated automatically if there is a new release available that has been tested and approved by the operator.  This is critical for ensuring that the flight crew has the lastest software and information.  In addition, these update checks are logged by the Paperless Flight Bag™ servers to allow monitoring of each Paperless Flight Bag™ device and its status by the Paperless Flight Bag™ administrators.

Information Security Architecture

The security of digital information is seen as a critical feature and it has therefore been a topmost priority in the implementation of the Paperless Flight Bag™ solution.  The overall information security architecture surrounding the EFB solution is based on upon the Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability (CIA) approach.  The CIA approach ensures that digital information, in the form of data, is not compromised during transmission, operation or when in storage.  In addition, it also ensures that the information remains readily available for access at anytime.  Following the CIA approach, all data transmissions between the Paperless Flight Bag™ devices and the servers are performed by utilizing secure connections.  The Paperless Flight Bag™ solution utilizes the TLS cryptographic protocol to create secure connections in which data is encrypted during transmission.  In addition, the TLS cryptographic protocol ensures data integrity during transmissions.  As an added security enhancement the data is pre-compressed to ensure shorter transmission length.  This minimizes the risk of disruption due to network availability issues such as weak signal reception or limited bandwidth.

The Paperless Flight Bag™ solution utilizes a cloud based server environment which provides a number of benefits in terms of security, scalability, operational uptime, and backup. The cloud servers are hosted by professional and reputed service providers who have vast experience in delivering high grade server solutions. Security, being a top priority, is ensured by limiting access to the servers and only using encrypted communication. In addition, the servers are protected by a robust firewall service. The cloud based server environment is highly scalable and has inbuilt load balancing to ensure optimal utilization of the server setup.  The uninterrupted availability of data and services is part of the CIA approach and therefore the multiple synchronized server instances spread over multiple locations ensure that the system is extremely agile and resistant towards breakdown of critical services supporting the Paperless Flight Bag™ solution.

The Paperless Flight Bag™ devices routinely perform update checks to ensure that the devices have the latest data in terms of airport data and documents.  In addition, the Paperless Flight Bag™ device software is updated automatically if there is a new release available that has been tested and approved by the operator.  This is critical for ensuring that the flight crew has the lastest software and information.  In addition, these update checks are logged by the Paperless Flight Bag™ servers to allow monitoring of each Paperless Flight Bag™ device and its status by the Paperless Flight Bag™ administrators.