International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced on Monday that they have signed a deal to collaborate on developing technology relevant to airplane and airport safety.
The areas in which IATA and the Tel Aviv University will cooperate include big data, cyber security, authentication, security checks, and general security.
As part of the joint operations, representatives of the IATA will work together with Ramot, the university’s technology transfer company, and the Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center at Tel Aviv University to identify relevant knowledge and technology to the field of international aviation.
As part of the agreement, a joint aviation innovation center will open, with the aim of developing knowledge and technology relevant to safety for the airlines and the airports.
In addition, the IATA became a member of the Cyber Center forum at the university and was among the sponsors of the International Conference on Cyber Security held recently at the university.
Prof. Raanan Rein, Vice President of Tel Aviv University, signed the agreement on behalf of the university, calling it an important step in the university’s relationship with international companies and industry.
Rein also said that the agreement with such a large and important organization shows the leading role of Tel Aviv University in the fields of entrepreneurship, innovation, and research.
Kobi Zussman, CEO of IATA Israel added that the IATA is one of hundreds of international organizations that is interested in enjoying Israeli technology and the academic capabilities that exist in Israel.
“We are convinced that our cooperation with Tel Aviv University will be of great value to the aviation industry,” said Zussman
According to Zussman, the cooperation will be based on specific technological investments that the IATA will aim to develop and promote.
The IATA is a global airline organization, incorporating 260 airlines and representing about 83 percent of all passenger and cargo transport worldwide. The organization deals with a wide range of areas in airports including, safety, security, financial issues, regulation, environment, and a variety of processes aimed at simplifying and streamlining procedures on the ground and in the air.