IndiGo uses Sensors to cut Life Vest inspection time by 90%


IndiGo will deploy a Sensor Tech for quicker and more accurate scanning of life vests on its aircraft to improve efficiency and speed up aircraft turnaround.

What are Life Vests?

How attentively, if at all, did you truly pay attention to the cabin attendant security demonstrations on your most recent flights? If you are reading this, you most likely belong to the segment of the travelling public that is an expert at fastening the safety belt.

Even while you may be aware that there is a life jacket underneath your seat, if for no other reason than the constant reminder on the back of the seat in front of you, you might not have given them much thought or thought about how important they are. 

An Airline flight attendant demonstrating a life vest before takeoff

The purpose of a life jacket is to keep you afloat in the water. To reduce the chance of drowning, they will automatically turn your face up, keeping your mouth and nostrils above the water. This is especially crucial if you are unconscious when you fall into the water in the case of mishaps. 

Life Vests Inspections

Life Vests often make up a very little portion of an air traveller’s journey. In fact, they are so tiny that they may be tucked away in an armrest or beneath a seat. Although small, yet powerful! 

All passenger aircraft in commercial service must be equipped with life vests as a mandated piece of safety equipment. Periodic inspections of these vests are necessary to make sure there are enough of them on board and that they are in usable condition. It would typically take 90 to 120 minutes to manually inspect every vest, depending on the type of aircraft. According to a statement from IndiGo, this time has been reduced to 3–4 minutes per aircraft thanks to the use of sensor technology.

The time required for each aircraft’s life vest inspection has been slashed to 3–4 minutes, according to a statement from IndiGo

IndiGo’s Sensor Technology for Inspections

Sensor technology is an automated data gathering technique that reads the tag on the life vests, allowing for the identification, tracking, and localisation of the tagged life vests. This system will enable IndiGo to keep track of the availability and expiration date of life vests in real-time.

This will save a massive amount of time for India’s largest fleet of 300 aircraft and more than 53,000 life vests. The significant time savings may lead to higher fleet utilisation and shorter passenger wait times.

“Developed completely in-house, this sensor-based inspection process for life vests enables us to prepare aircraft faster for the next flight.”- Neetan Chopra

“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 to enhance operational efficiency and provide on-time, hassle-free, and affordable travel experience to our customers.”

–Neetan Chopra, Chief Digital and Information Officer, IndiGo

Adopting New Technologies

This isn’t the first time IndiGo has used technology for better productivity. In partnership with India’s aviation regulator, the DGCA, it became the first carrier in the nation to develop a “Digital e-logbook” for pilots in December.

In December, IndiGo became the first airline in the country to create a “Digital e-logbook” for pilots

The automated procedure ensures data and format consistency, resulting in operations that are safer and more effective. The removal of multilayer data validation allows for data accuracy and prompt submission for the issuance, renewal, and endorsement of licences. It also provides pilots with real-time access to flying hour data.

Also read: IndiGo introduces digitised e-logbook for pilots

Additionally, Vistara disclosed last year that it would replace the traditional paper-based aircraft technical log, cabin log, travel log, damage log, and fuelling log with electronic logbook software from Ultramain Systems.

Also read: Vistara implements Digital Rostering Solution for enhanced crew experience

Last year, AIX Connect (formerly AirAsia India) had a fantastic year in terms of on-time performance. Additionally, RedSmart Plus, a data analytics-driven tool created by Tata Consultancy Service (TCS), was one of the driving drivers behind the airline’s excellent OTP.

One of the main forces behind AirAsia’s successful OTP was RedSmart Plus, a data analytics-driven solution developed by Tata Consultancy Service (TCS)

The tool assists management in precisely tracking how much time is spent on various duties like loading and unloading, cleaning aircraft, refuelling, and catering. Ground staff input the data into the app, and its analytics feature generates reports on expected on-time performance for the day, increasing the airline’s operational effectiveness.

Source: TOI