Agenda Day 1

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Day 1: Content Management – Tuesday 29 January 2019

8:00 – 9:00

Registration & Coffee

09:00 – 09:15

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

09:15 – 09:45

Keynote Address
Presented by: Airline Speakers

9:45– 10:15

Review of new Technology Committee Structure and Plans
Presented by: The APEX Technology Committee Leadership Team
In an effort to expand its scope and be more accessible to APEX membership, the Technology Committee has added a new membership tier and invites new participants. Here’s how it works. Come be part of the conversation about how the Technology Committee can improve its role in the industry.

10:15 – 10:40

Networking Break

10:40 – 11:40

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.

11:40 – 12:30

Advertising Working Group Panel
Moderated by: Andy Rosen, DSR Corporation; Michael Childers, Lufthansa Systems;

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?

12:30 – 1:45

Networking Lunch – provided by APEX

1:45 – 2:45


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.

2:45 – 3:30

APEX 0415 Part 2 Working Group Report
Presented by: Phil Watson and Juraj Siska – APEX 0415 Part 2 Working Group Chairs
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 – 4:00

Networking Break

4:00 – 4:45

Emerging Codecs Panel
Moderated by: Michael Childers
Panel: Bryan Rusenko, Michael Stattmann, Andy Beer, Phil Watson, and Andy Rosen
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 – 5:30

APEX Awards Ceremony

5:30 – 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 – 9:15

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

9:15 – 10:30

Keynote Address
Presented by: Airline Speakers

10:30 – 11:30

Emerging Technologies: Biometrics

11:30 – 11:50

Networking Break

11:50 – 12:35

12:35 – 1:35

Networking Lunch – provided by APEX

1:35 – 2:45

Connectivity Working Group Report
Presented by: Stephan Schulte, APEX Connectivity Working Group Chair

2:45 – 3:00

Networking Break

3:00 – 4:00

Emerging Technologies: Blockchain Panel

Presented by: TBD
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