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10-06-2004

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.

10-06-2004

In June, with the full support of ICANN, SITA activated all remaining two/three letter industry codes within the .aero domain. More than 40 airlines and 200 airports are already using www.(industrycode).aero.

The next step has now been taken, with the development of a programme designed to link those .aero domains to airline/airport corporate websites. This is a fast entry alternative for those who know the code and like using a "system" that is predictable and works across a variety of situations.

10-06-2004

In June SITA completed the trial of a new flight status service operated in collaboration with Geneva International Airport. The service received very positive feedback from users.

As part of the pilot operation, a cross-sector task force has developed a policy to guide the registration and use of domain names needed to operate such services. This policy will ensure that future similar services can be operated by multiple providers yet retain the consistency so much needed by the traveling public.

10-06-2004

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

10-06-2004

Paul Mockapetris is one of the visionaries who developed the nuts and bolts of the Internet. In an interview with the .aero team, Dr Mockapetris talked about his work – and the way it is continuing to reshape the Internet universe.

Having participated in the development of SMTP e-mail system (the vital element that allows e-mail to be sent between different computers), in 1983 he turned to another key element – the need for a globally distributed human-friendly database of IP addresses. The result was the Domain Name System (DNS).