IndiGo has deployed sensor technology for faster and more accurate scanning of life vests on its aircraft, cutting down inspection time by 90%.
Neetan Chopra, Chief Digital and Information Officer, IndiGo, said the airline was constantly exploring new avenues of utilising technology to drive innovation and enhance operational efficiency.
“Developed completely in-house, this sensor-based inspection process for life vests enables us to prepare aircraft faster for the next flight. We will continue to push into new digital and innovative frontiers and introduce more such solutions,” he said. Essentially, it is an automated data collection technology that reads tags on the life vests and helps in identifying, tracking and locating the tagged life vests.
Prior to the incorporation of sensor technology, IndiGo resorted to manual inspection of all vests, which would normally take 90-120 minutes, depending on the type of aircraft.
This inspection time has now been reduced to 3-4 minutes per aircraft with the introduction of sensor technology. IndiGo will also be able to maintain life vest expiry date and availability on a real-time basis with the incorporation of sensor tags on the vests.
As mandatory safety equipment, life vests are carried on all passenger aircraft in commercial service and these vests require periodic checks to ensure that they are in serviceable condition and adequate numbers are available on board the aircraft.
IndiGo’s aircraft fleet now stands at 300 aircraft with more than 53,000 life vests.