The Pains of Planes—Will Air Travel in Canada Improve?
Have you recently flown or visited the local airport? If so, then you may already be familiar with the various complaints or problems that have surfaced regarding air travel. The Canadian Transportation Agency has recently tracked data that reflects passenger’s grievances.
For example, between 2013 and 2014 (the most recent year available), 546 complaints were received against eight different Canadian airlines. This number has greatly increased from data collected between 2012 and 2013, when there were 301 complaints lodged. Just last year alone, 392 complaints about Air Canada were gathered.
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Reason behind the Complaints
There have been several reasons behind these complaints, such as delayed flights, lost baggage and oversold flights. For example, last year, the percentage of flights that arrived on time fell to a 76.2 percent. In 2013, this percentage was 78.4.
Furthermore, the rate of lost, stolen or delayed bags rose 13 percent in 2014. It’s been noted that the average airline loses one bag for every 275 or so passengers.
Finally, last year, the rate of passengers getting bumped from flights rose by three percent.
Are Improvements Coming?
Airlines are stating that change is coming. New planes and other investments could eventually lead to better service. However, it seems that most of the changes will be targeted at the first-class and business-class sections. Could this end up creating more controversy for airlines?
How AWS helps NASCAR delight its fans
AWS needs no introduction to readers of Technology Magazine but we rarely get an opportunity to look closely at how it serves the sports sector. All major sports draw in a huge supporter base that they want to nurture and support. Technology is the key to every major sports organization and enabling this is the driving force for AWS, says Matt Hurst, Head of Global Sports Marketing and Communications for AWS. “In sports, as in every industry, machine learning and artificial intelligence and high performance computing are helping to usher in the next wave of technical sports innovation.”
AWS approaches sports in three principal areas. “The first is unlocking data’s potential: leagues and teams hold vast amounts of data and AWS is enabling them to analyze that data at scale and make better, more informed decisions. The second is engaging and delighting fans: with AWS fans are getting deeper insights through visually compelling on-screen graphics and interactive Second Screen experiences. And the third is rapidly improving sports performance: leagues and teams are using AWS to innovate like never before.”
Among the many global brands that partner with AWS are Germany's Bundesliga, the NFL, F1, the NHL, the PGA Tour and of course NASCAR. NASCAR has worked with AWS on its digital transformation (migrating it's 18 petabyte video archive containing 70 years of historical footage to AWS), to optimize its cloud data center operations and to enable its global brand expansion. AWS Media Services powers the NASCAR Drive mobile app, delivering broadcast-quality content for more than 80 million fans worldwide. The platform, including AWS Elemental MediaLive and AWS Elemental MediaStore, helps NASCAR provide fans instant access to the driver’s view of the race track during races, augmented by audio and a continually updated leaderboard. “And NASCAR will use our flagship machine learning service Amazon SageMaker to train deep learning models to enhance metadata and video analytics.”
Using AWS artificial intelligence and machine learning, NASCAR aims to deliver even more fan experiences that they'd never have anticipated. “Just imagine a race between Dale Earnhardt Sr and Dale Jr at Talladega! There's a bright future, and we're looking forward to working with NASCAR, helping them tap into AWS technology to continue to digitally transform, innovate and create even more fan experiences.”
Just as AWS is helping NASCAR bridge that historical gap between the legacy architecture and new technology, more customers are using AWS for machine learning than any other provider. As an example, who would have thought five years ago that NFL would be using ML to predict and prevent injury to its players? Since 2017, the league has utilized AWS as its official cloud and ML provider for the NFL Next Gen Stats (NGS) platform, which provides real-time location data, speed, and acceleration for every player during every play on every inch of the field. “One of the most potentially revolutionary components of the NFL-AWS partnership,” says Matt Hurst, “is the development of the 'Digital Athlete,' a computer simulation model that can be used to replicate infinite scenarios within the game environment—including variations by position and environmental factors, emphasizing the league's commitment to player safety.”