Omani girl student develops new communication system for air passengers

Oman Friday 07/October/2016 22:36 PM
By: Times News Service
Omani girl student develops new communication system for air passengers

Sohar: Hafsa Al Ansari, a young Omani student from the Sohar College of Applied Sciences has designed a new Android-based system, which facilitates better communication between passengers and the cabin crew on a flight.
The innovative concept and excellent application won her the first prize at the introductory Falling Walls Lab competition in Oman. Securing the top place among 132 participants, she also won herself a trip to Berlin to attend the annual Falling Walls Lab conference.
Speaking to the Times of Oman at the third Annual Research Forum organised by The Research Council, Al Ansari expressed her delight.
“I am very happy to have won this competition. I have been working on this project for more than six months and at last I won the award.”
She also said winning the award when more than 130 participants were present is a great honour.
Al Ansari also explained her project, “Breaking the Walls with High Sky Services,” which allows an innovative method of communication between passengers and cabin crew.
“The project makes it easier for passengers to communicate with cabin crew without disturbing anyone. Even people, who are disabled, can make use of these Android-based services,” she added.
The project compiles an Android-based utility application, which helps in communication. Passengers from their seat can select what they want from different categories, during flights, which includes catering services, childcare services, duty free shopping, toilet availability, etc.
The cabin crew would get notifications on their systems and would act accordingly, making the whole process much more efficient than it is currently. The implementation of this system can be relatively easy due to its Android-based source.
The system will not be limited to airlines; instead it can be used for communication in other transport systems as well.
Al Ansari also mentioned that she would like more people to come up with such projects.
“I will be very happy to see other Omanis innovate and come up with new projects. I would support them with any expertise that I have now or learn in the future.”