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13-14 June 2017 
Los Angeles, CA USA 

APEX TECH provides the industry and its members with information, guidance, analysis, and trend reporting on technology issues critical to the aviation industry. APEX TECH provides a crucial forum for technical experts to review and discuss ongoing special projects of the APEX Technology Committee setting specifications and standards for the airline industry focused upon applying new technologies to the passenger experience. Attendees at APEX TECH will hear thought-leading presentations from within and outside the airline industry on cutting-edge technologies.  Contributions made by delegates to APEX TECH shape airline travel technology more than any other industry event.

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Airline and Lessor Members: FREE!
Vendor Member Two Day Registration:
-- $350 First Attendee
-- $250 Second Attendee*
-- $200 Third Attendee or higher*
Vendor Member One Day Registration: $195
Non-Member: $450

*Bring more colleagues for discounted registration rates! The number of attendees from your company will be verified. 


Tuesday 13 June 2017

8:00 – 9:00 Registration & Coffee

9:00 – 9:10 Welcome & Introduction
Michael Childers – Technology Committee Chair & Board Member, APEX; Lufthansa Systems

9:10 – 9:40 Keynote Address
Presented by:Joe Kiely – Managing Director, Passenger Experience, Delta

9:40 – 10:10 Keynote Address
Presented by:JetBlue Technology Ventures

10:10 – 10:30 Networking Break

10:30 – 10:50 Keynote Address
Presented by: United Airlines 

10:50 – 11:20 NFC Implementations for Content
Presented by: Qatar Airways

11:20 – 11:40 Cabin Announcements Task Force
Communication that relies solely on passenger address does not reach everyone.  Pre-recorded video announcements can feature captioning.  Passengers seeking attendant call may not be able to see the button.  Personal electronic devices may offer users options to cater to different abilities. Wireless communication opens a new avenue for communicating with passengers.  Usability considerations extends to built-in features, downloaded applications, accounts/authentication/authorization, cybersecurity, integrity of messaging.  The CATF was sanctioned by US DoT to explore the options available to commercial airlines to enhance accessibility of cabin announcements. 
Presented by: Peter Lemme –Chairman, Cabin Announcements Task Force; Volunteer, WAIFIND.org

11:40 – 12:10 Technology Committee Activity Overview 
Presented by:
Michael Childers – Technology Committee Chair & Board Member, APEX; Lufthansa Systems
Bryan Rusenko – Technical Director, APEX

12:10 – 1:15 Networking Lunch – provided by APEX

1:15 – 2:30 Future Satellite Connectivity & Deployment Roadmaps
This session will include a summary of highlights on connectivity announcements. 

2:30 – 3:00 Ku/Ka-band satellite standards
The AEEC Ku/Ka-band Satcom Subcommittee has released draft 1 to Project Paper 792, second generation systems.  Flat-panel antennas, notably phased-arrays, are emerging in the marketplace, offering greater aperture size and better overall performance than widely-used, multi-gimbaled antennas. Internet access to airline passengers professes to offer the same good experiences you would expect in your home or office.  While mobile Internet access will always be less reliable and more constrained than a wired network, Ku/Ka satellite services provide a pathway to meet the needs of passenger devices for the foreseeable future. Reasonable concerns emerge with data usage doubling every five years and a desire to offer the service to as many passengers as possible (freely, if able). Can Ku or Ka keep up?  Is it sustainable?
Peter Lemme – President, JetwayNet; Chairman, AEEC Ku/Ka-band satcom subcommittee

3:00 – 3:20 Networking Break

3:20 – 5:00 Airline Innovation Presentations
5:00 – 6:30 Networking Reception 
Connect with the APEX aviation community while enjoying light appetizers and drinks will be served. 


Wednesday 14 June 2017

8:00 – 9:00 Registration & Coffee 

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome & Introduction
Michael Childers – Technology Committee Chair & Board Member, APEX; Lufthansa Systems
Bryan Rusenko – Technical Director, APEX

9:15 – 10:00 Closed Caption Regulations
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) plans to issue new rules for increased accessibility of inflight media in the near future. Rules applicable to the provision of closed captions, based on the agreements reached by the DoT’s ACCESS Advisory Committee, will be released at any time. APEX TECH will provide a comprehensive review of the agreements reached by the Advisory Committee and what airlines and service providers need to do to prepare to meet the likely new requirements.
Presented by:Department of Transportation

10:00 – 10:45 Accessible IFES Interface for the Blind
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) has tasked APEX with working with the disability community to develop recommendations for an accessible IFES interface for the blind. APEX has established the ACCESS Working Group for this purpose. The WG has held a series of teleconferences that are ongoing, and will provide an update on its progress and what some of the characteristics of such an interface might include. 
Presented by:Department of Transportation

10:45 – 11:05 Networking Break

11:05 – 11:35 Accessibility Testing of User Interfaces
David Draffin – Sr. Solutions Director, HCL America

11:35 – 12:00 Captions in Action
This session will address:
Graphical Captions vs Text Captions – pros and cons, current deployments.
UTF 8 encoded text (the backbone for text based caption encoding) - Diversity of languages accommodated by UTF 8, The Unicode Bidirectional Algorithm.
Font dependencies and the Arial Unicode MS font
IMSC  (Internet Media Subtitles and Captions)  -  Walk through a compliant .xml exploring text size positioning, coloring etc.
Presented by: Andy Beer – VP Technology, Spafax

12:00 – 1:00 Networking Lunch – provided by APEX

1:00 – 1:30 Cyber Security

1:30 – 2:00 Solutions for the Inflight PED Ban
Presented by: Department of Homeland Security

2:00 – 2:45 Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE) Common Format (CF) 
Today, IFE no longer stands on its own as an isolated niche market, but is joining a broad content delivery ecosystem that integrates all content markets around common standards, specifications and workflows. APEX, the thought-leader in IFE technology, has reached out to the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE), the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), MPEG, and Movielabs—the R&D organization of the major motion picture studios—to ensure that IFE is a part of this larger ecosystem, leveraging its standards, and ensuring the integration of IFE profiles into these workflows.

2:45 – 3:00 Encoding & Encryption Technologies Update
APEX 0415 is the first IFE content delivery specification developed under the DECE Common Format (CF) and deigned to access the standardized media technologies, profiles and workflows that govern motion picture and television content delivery in the broader content delivery ecosystem. APEX 0415, the “Media and Device IFE Ecosystem Specification,” will be explained, discussed, and put to a vote during APEX TECH. 
Presented by:
Bryan Rusenko – Technical Director, APEX; EETWG Co-Chair
Pierre Schuberth – Sr. Manager, Systems Engineering, Thales Avionics; EETWG Chair

3:00 – 3:20 Networking Break

3:20 – 4:00 Common Media Applications Format (CMAF)
CMAF defines the usage of a subset of commonly used standardized media technologies and profiles. These include ISOBMFF, MPEG-4 AVC, HEVC, AAC, VTT, and Common Encryption (CENC). Why is CMAF important to IFE? Because IFE will utilize these standardized media technologies and profiles, and our workflows will depend upon them.

4:00 – 4:30 Web Application Video Ecosystem (WAVE)
Major airlines are looking ahead to greater utilization of passenger devices (PEDs) in IFE. An important enabler of streaming to PEDs will be the “Web Application Video Ecosystem (WAVE).” Various initiatives will be involved in WAVE implementation, including CEA’s Content Specification Task Force—that will identify requirements in content streams centered around the MPEG CMAF proposal—and the HTML5 API Task Force that will identify requirements for the HTML5 app environment on the device side. And the Device Playback Capabilities Task Force will identify requirements for hardware capabilities to support the APIs. How will these impact IFE?



Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles
6101 West Century Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Rate: $169USD+

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The APEX TECH will also be taking place at the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles hotel.

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Please be aware that third party housing services are not authorized to act on behalf of APEX for the hotels to be listed or any other hotel. In addition, APEX has not provided any sort of contact list from which to solicit business. If you made a reservation with third parties, you are strongly encouraged to cancel your reservation and re-book through the hotel.


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