How .aero is helping simplify the business

IATA has been asked by its member airlines to lead initiatives that will redefine the way we do business. It will benefit both the industry and the customer by making a more efficient travel experience for everyone. All of the initiatives rely on some form of communication between different systems – which means use of online technology via the Internet.

Internet governance - a view from the world's first community-sponsored domain.

Many of the broadly spread governance issues that have been discussed during the past couple of years have been addressed within this community environment.

On 17 March 2002, .aero the first top level Internet domain to be sponsored and introduced by a specific community sector, opened its doors for business..

Its time to understand RFID

A powerful head of steam is building up over the introduction of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, not least in air transport.

Meet the team

The first in a series introducing readers to the close-knit members of the .aero team – those responsible for ensuring the smooth functioning of the domain on behalf of the air transport community. In this issue, we meet Elena Vladkova, .aero customer liaison Specialist.

My job title is ".aero customer liaison Specialist", but as always, it doesn't easily describe what I do from day to day. I have three specific responsibilities: operate the .aero office, supervise the registry operation; and handle administrative requirements.

More airport codes now available in .aero

In the last issue of this newsletter we reported that Dot Aero Council (DAC) would review the option of permitting registration of a domain name matching a three character assigned FAA location code on the same conditions as IATA-assigned three letter location codes.

More than just the provision of a domain name

Whilst the air transport community is working hard to save billions in annual costs through initiatives such as IATA's Simplifying the Business programme, focused on five core projects: e-ticketing, common use self-service (CUSS), bar-coded boarding passes, RFID and e-freight.

New registry operator appointed for .aero

SITA SC has signed an agreement with Afilias to provide registry services for .aero. The agreement was signed following a rigorous selection process conducted by SITA, and with the full involvement of the Dot Aero Council (DAC).

Under the terms of the agreement, Afilias will manage registry operations (including ensuring high availability and diverse DNS service) and will provide technical and administrative support.

RFID & ENUM Deployments promise to slash Costs and strengthen airline's strategic future

CIO's today in the air transport industry must make wise spending decisions and provide strategic direction that improve productivity, efficiency and deliver better customer service. The .aero domain, with its strong policy framework, versatility and focus on the aviation community provides excellent leverage for the continued growth of the industry's technology solutions.

RFID – community lookup services for more efficient use of RFID technology

In our last edition of the .aero newsletter we talked about the challenge set by RFID community services. This time, we will look more closely at community lookup services needed for efficient systems integration between multiple business partners

We know that today RFID applications can process and track baggage/cargo at a given airport or by its carrier, but most projects today involve little integration between RFID systems of respective carriers.

Securing the Internet with DNSSec

Some 10 percent of servers in the network today are vulnerable to domain name system (DNS) attacks, and many experts expect a serious attack on the underlying infrastructure within the next decade. The DNS Security Extensions (DNSSec) Deployment Coordination Initiative is part of a global effort to deploy new security measures that will help the DNS perform as people expect it to – in a trustworthy manner.