Agenda Day 1

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Day 1: Content Management – Tuesday 29 January 2019

8:00 – 9:00

Registration & Coffee

09:00 – 09:20

Welcome to Content Management Day; Introductions Michael Childers – Technology Committee Chair & Board Member, APEX; Lufthansa Systems; Dr. Joe Leader, CEO, APEX/IFSA

09:20 – 10:00

Keynote Address

10:00 - 11:00

Cloud Delivery Panel

At the June TECH, a panel presented a Case Study describing a three-year proof-of-concept for cloud-based encoding/transcoding, generating considerable interest. This panel now broadens the conversation to consider a wider implementation range for cloud-based computing in IFE.

11:10 - 11:30

Networking Break

11:30 – 12:40

Advertising Working Group Panel

Traditional broadcast video advertising is in decline, and the issues responsible look to be a negative factor for the future of IFE advertising. So how do we move IFE advertising into the emerging global, cross-platform, advertising ecosystem capable of supporting targeted advertising, programmatic buying, and dynamic ad insertion?


Networking Lunch – provided by APEX

Several luncheon tables will be set up so that attendees can have an open forum on topics from TECH sessions like the Advertising Working Group Panel (programmatic advertising in IFE).

1:40 - 2:40


With increased use of passenger-owned devices in IFE, Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH)—often referred to as “MPEG-DASH”—is becoming increasingly pervasive in the streaming world for adaptive bitrate streaming. APEX has the opportunity to work with entities like the DASH Industry Forum to advance its use in IFE. Has the time come to launch an MPEG-DASH Working Group and move toward development of a specification? Our panel discusses and encourages an open forum.

2:40 – 3:30

APEX 0415 Part 2 Working Group Report

As airlines look toward the provision of HD and HDR content, what will the new content security requirements look like? This Working Group is updating 0415 to prepare for this kind of content.

3:30 – 3:50

Networking Break

3:50 - 4:45

Emerging Codecs Panel
Moderated by: Michael Childers

Both HEVC and AV1 at one time looked to be viable codecs that might be used in IFE. Will our industry pass them by and move instead into the Versatile Video Codec (VVC), the Next-Gen Standard of the Joint Video Experts Team? Our panel invites open discussion on this topic.

4:45 - 5:00

APEX Award Ceremony

5:00 – 7:00

Networking Reception

Agenda Day 2

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Day 2: Connectivity & Emerging Technologies – Wednesday, 30 January 2019

8:00 – 9:00

Registration & Coffee

9:00 – 9:20

Welcome to Connectivity & Emerging Technologies Day; Introductions
Presented by: Dr. Joe Leader, APEX/IFSA CEO; Michael Childers – Technology Committee Chair & Board Member, APEX; Lufthansa Systems

9:20 – 10:00

Keynote Address

10:00 – 10:40

Keynote Address

10:40 – 11:00

Networking Break

11:00 – 12:15

Emerging Technologies: Biometrics

12:15 – 1:15

Networking Lunch – provided by APEX

1:15 - 2:15

Connectivity Working Group Report
Presented by: Stephan Schulte, APEX Connectivity Working Group Chair
A common set of metrics to define, measure and sustain inflight-connectivity and wireless entertainment service quality is to be developed by the CWG in a best practice and industry recommendation approach. Progress status of the CWG is presented during a brief presentation, followed by a panel discussion around key metrics defined as current outcome of the working group – applied on an actual case.

2:15 – 2:45

Networking Break

2:45 – 4:00

Emerging Technologies: Blockchain Panel

Blockchain is on everyone’s mind today, and appears to have the ability to bring unprecedented change to commercial aviation and the passenger experience. This panel discusses the potential applications for blockchain in our industry, and considers how an APEX Working Group could educate our industry and potentially establish specifications for its implementation.

4:00 – 4:30