AVSC 2180 Lesson 2 - Lesson 2 Major Computer Applications...

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Lesson 2 Major Computer Applications Lecture 1 was a brief overview of how the Airline Industry Automated Computer Applications evolved. While the factors that stimulated the process were quantitative in nature it was the intuition of management that established the environment where creative solutions to real world problems could be developed. Today’s information environment is much different than the one that existed over fifty years ago. However, the management principles that were applicable at that time continue to be relevant for today’s IT managers. The foundation constructed by managers at the inception of the information age is the underpinning that supports today’s information technology industry. Management of aviation specific information has grown to incorporate all travel related services and is referred to as “Travel Technology.” Travel Technology is the term used to describe the application of Information Technology (IT), or Information and Communications Technology (ICT), in travel, tourism and the hospitality industries. This technology includes the original computer reservations systems and subsequent automated innovations that affect the way we live and do business today. The five major computer applications currently in use are: SABRE originally developed by American Airlines Amadeus based on the Eastern Airlines PARS System Galileo based on United Airlines PARS System WORLDSPAN developed by Delta and Northwest Airlines TASAR based on the Spirit Airline Reservation System (SARS) These major systems are at the heart of today’s Travel Technology. The five systems share a common heritage and provide similar services. Milestones in the development of the IT industry and the common services offered are discussed first; after which the individual applications will be reviewed. 1950’s Curb Feeler for parallel parking Lexus LS 460 self parking display Things have definitely changed since the 1950’s Technology has changed significantly since the mid 1950’s. Curb feelers were an aid to parallel parking in the 1950’s. Today some automobile manufacturers advertise models that will parallel park themselves. Rotary dial telephones and party lines that were standard in the communication industry fifty years ago are museum pieces today. Wireless communication via satellite is available globally and at a fraction of the cost of historical communication methods thanks to innovations fostered to a large degree by the early airline computer applications. NASA deployed experimental communications spacecraft from the Space Shuttle Discovery on September 12, 1993. It is interesting to note that NASA has been active in the development of communications satellites since the inception of the agency in 1958; paralleling the development of automated computer systems. According to NASA communication is the most successful commercial enterprise in space. NASA has launched experimental satellites promoting the development of the technology for commercial applications. Automated Reservation Systems
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This note was uploaded on 09/04/2011 for the course AVSC 2180 taught by Professor Brown during the Spring '11 term at Utah Valley University.

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AVSC 2180 Lesson 2 - Lesson 2 Major Computer Applications...

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