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17-18 November 2015 Newport Beach, CA USA

11/17/2015 to 11/18/2015
When: 17-18 November 2015
Where: Newport Beach, California 
United States

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Registration & Costs to Attend






Online registration is now closed. You may register onsite at the Newport Beach Hyatt Regency Terrace Ballroom Foyer beginning at 8:00am on Tuesday 17 November. 

FREE for Airline & Lessor Members
$350 for Vendor Members
$450 for Approved Nonmembers

The APEX Technology Conferences offer technical experts information, guidance, analysis and trend reporting on issues that are critical to the aviation industry. These events have evolved from in-person working group meetings to essential, substantial conferences. To best align with other APEX event registrations, such as the regional conferences, fees will be associated with registration. Sponsorships do not cover conference expenses and resources are allocated to support additional APEX activities and value-added programs. We appreciate your support of the association!





Tuesday 17 November 2015

8:00 – 9:00 | Registration & Coffee 
Wifi Sponsored by: 

9:00 – 9:30 | Welcome & Introduction
Michael Childers – Technology Committee Chair & Board Member, APEX; Lufthansa Systems
Bryan Rusenko – Technical Director, APEX

9:30 – 10:15 | Future of Connectivity & Increasing Bandwidth
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will soon make a decision on whether to issue a Report and Order detailing the auction rules for 500 MHz of spectrum in the 14GHz spectrum band for inflight connectivity. Demand continues to grow at a rapid pace as passengers increasingly demand their inflight experience to mirror that on the ground.  What does this auction mean for the aviation industry? What does that mean for the passenger experience? 
Presented by: John Kuzin – Senior Director and Regulatory Counsel, Qualcomm

10:15 – 11:00 | Inflight Connectivity & Cyber Security
This year there were claims that a cyber security consultant hacked an aircraft during a flight via the entertainment systems of aircrafts. Many commented such actions were impossible, but questions were still raised about the practicality. What measures are in place to direct connected aircraft and passengers? Additional spectrum is coming. Does this increase concerns? 
Presented by: Peter Lemme – Chairman of AEEC Ku/Ka Band Satcom Subcommittee and Industry Editor of Project Paper 848, Broadband Aviation Radio Network 

11:00 – 11:20 | Networking Break

11:20 – 12:05 Cabin Wi-Fi: Opportunities and Challenges Around the Corner
Rich will begin this session with an introduction of the new unique country certification requirements for wireless systems onboard aircraft, as well as what the Arinc CSS committee is doing to address them. Jeff will provide a very brief history of Wi-Fi in the cabin, and then focuses on where we are now and what the next few years are expected to look like.  Whilst the industry is installing connectivity to/from the aircraft via various --albeit ever increasing "pipes" (L-/Ku-/Ka/ATG.....) to enable an ever growing multitude of service types to satisfy the exponential growth of passenger service and bandwidth expectations, the next technological obstacle is around the corner.  The cabin is a confined space, increasingly densely populated with T-PEDs (1, 2 or more per passenger) and their owners' multiple, parallel service requirements.  Just adding access points is only a very short term solution as it creates overlaps and interferences that ultimately become counter-productive. The airborne wireless system needs smart network management to dynamically allocate and optimize the use of all resources (access points, bandwidths, channel, power levels, etc.) to achieve the best possible service for each passenger and the airline. This session discusses real-world solutions to real-world airborne wireless issues that are encountered today, and discusses issues that will become even more serious in the future. Successful implementation of the in-flight Wi-Fi network is a multifaceted challenge with technical and regulatory ingredients.
Presented by: Jeff Drader – Director, Business Development, VT Miltope
Introduced by: Rich Salter – CTO, Lumexis Corporation


12:05 – 12:15 | Best Achievement in Technology
The APEX Award for Best Achievement in Technology recognizes a specific achievement successfully implemented by a vendor member. The 2015 award went to Gogo for 2Ku. APEX Awards Judging Chair Rich Salter will give an overview of the judging process and qualifications. 
Presented by: Rich Salter – CTO, Lumexis Corporation 

12:15 – 1:30 | Networking Lunch – on own

1:30 – 2:00
Closed Captioning Update
Closed Caption Working Group is led by Bryan Rusenko to have a better match between Hollywood's IMF workflow and IFE workflow. Adopting a Time Based CC/Sub may replace Bitmapped CC/Subs in the future.
Presented by: Bryan Rusenko – Technical Director, APEX; CCWG Co-Chair 


2:00 – 2:30 Encoding & Encryption Technologies Update
The EETWG: Encoding & Encryption Technologies Working Group is led by Pierre Schuberth to provide H.265 encoding parameters specification for 4K, 1080p and 720p for the IFE industry. Audio, CC/Sub, multiplexing and security will also be reviewed to simplify workflow. Learn about the status of the APEX 0403 specification; get introduced to the 0415 specification. 
Presented by:
Pierre Schuberth – Sr. Manager, Systems Engineering, Thales Avionics; EETWG Chair
Bryan Rusenko – Technical Director, APEX; EETWG Co-Chair

2:30 – 3:00 | Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE) Common File Format (CFF) 
This session will detail how the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem operates, what it brings to the digital content world and how it applies to IFE. Focus on the the CFF for download and streaming.
Presented by: 
Albert Koval – VP, UltraViolet Implementer Relations, DECE
Jim Taylor – CTO, DECE

3:00 – 3:20 | Networking Break

3:20 – 3:50 | Digital Video Delivery Solutions
As a DECE and UltraViolet developer and implementer, Michael will outline trends regarding the use of the cloud and content delivery ecosystem. Real world examples of common file and common encryption will be addressed. 
Presented by: Michael Stattmann – CEO, castLabs

3:50 – 4:50 | Virtual Reality / Assisted Reality
The aviation industry is constantly improving and pushing boundaries. As if flying hundreds of miles an hour 35,000 feet in the air while posting on social media and drinking the finest wine isn’t impressive enough, imagine immersing yourself in a virtual world that allows you to visit various destinations and experience different encounters all at a click of a button. 
Presented by: 
Nikolas Jaeger – Founder & CEO, Inflight VR
Patrick Johnson – Client Services Manager, Osterhout Design Group
Michael Stattmann – CEO, castLabs


5:00 – 6:30 | Networking Reception 
Connect with the APEX aviation community while enjoying California. Light appetizers and drinks will be served. Special addition - enjoy virtual reality demos!  

Wednesday 18 November 2015

8:00 – 9:00 | Registration & Coffee 
Wifi Sponsored by: 

9:00 – 9:30 | Welcome & Introduction
Michael Childers – Technology Committee Chair & Board Member, APEX; Lufthansa Systems
Bryan Rusenko – Technical Director, APEX

9:30 – 10:15 | Keynote Address – Best Achievement in Passenger Experience
The APEX Award for Best Achievement in Passenger Experience recognizes a specific achievement-rather than a general improvement-which an airline has successfully implemented. The 2015 award went to El Al Israel Airlines for their “Cockpit” high-tech innovation hub. It is a unique digital travel and aviation incubator hub for entrepreneurs with a passion for innovation and discovering new worlds. El Al’s program offers benefits to those it touches including these innovative start-ups, the passengers embracing the new technology, product or service, and ultimately the industry through ideas and collaboration. Prepare to be inspired!  
Presented by: Henry chen Weinstein – CEO, Cockpit

10:15 – 10:35 | Morning Networking Break

10:35 – 10:50 | Payment Technologies Working Group Status Update

An update on the Payment Technologies Working Group (PTWG) progress. The working group has worked on 1) requesting a delay in the fraudulent liability shift 2) educating members and the industry on payment technology options. 
Presented by: Rich Salter – CTO, Lumexis Corporation; PTWG Chair

10:50 – 11:35 | Future Payment Technologies
This session will offer attendees an update on the status of chip & PIN migration, EMV payment processing and best practices for the aviation industry.
Presented by: Matthew Alcuri – Vice President, Product Management, MasterCard

11:35 – 12:20 | Maximizing Technology & Innovation for a Maximized Passenger Experience
Explore opportunities to capitalize on digital partnerships within the travel vertical. This session will detail digital trends and technology innovations which have paved the way in the airline space.
Presented by: Matt Jones – Travel Team Lead, Google

12:20 – 1:35 | Networking Lunch – on your own

1:35 – 2:20 Gaming at 30,000 Feet
What makes an IFE game tick? What’s the difference between a Game App you’d find on the App Store and one developed for IFE? What are the restrictions for inflight gambling games? Games are one of the least known and least-understood forms of IFE entertainment. We look under the ‘hood’ to understand the challenges that software developers face in our industry; busting the myth about integrating games onto aircraft IFE systems (it’s not just plug and play!) and looking at what the future of inflight gaming will hold.
Moderated by: Bryan Rusenko – Technical Director, APEX
Marc-André Bruneau – VP Engineering, Ensemble Media

Mathieu Jubinville – Development Director, Global Eagle Entertainment 
Aleksandra Korfanty – Director Partnerships and Business Development, Global Eagle Entertainment

2:20 – 3:00 Focus on the Future: Emerging Technologies Advisory Panel

Technology continues to develop at a rapid pace, and its early adoption into to IFEC is also accelerating. In recognition of this, it is appropriate that while the Technology Committee remains focused primarily on technology being implemented in the next 3-5 years, that a close look is given to emerging and future technologies that might be coming in the next 5-15 years. The APEX Emerging Tech Panel will brainstorm and investigate what is coming up in the next 5-15 years and educate the APEX membership.   
Moderated by: Bryan Rusenko – Technical Director, APEX
Ken Brady – Chief Engineer, Thales InFlyt Experience
Maksim Izmaylov – CEO, Roomstorm
Bob Kisor – Content Security Consultant, formerly of Paramount
Albert Koval – VP, UltraViolet Implementer Relations, Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem
Joe Leader – CEO, APEX
Reza Rassool – CTO, Kwaai Oak
Andy Rosen – Media Consultant, Bitlogic
 Michael Stattmann – CEO, castLabs

3:20 – 3:40 | Afternoon Networking Break

3:40 – 4:30 | Focus on the Future: Emerging Technologies Advisory Panel Continued…

4:30 – 4:50 | APEX Technical Initiatives & Activity
Get an overview of what is planned for the future of the association as it relates to technology and associated activities. Technology will serve as a key aspect of the association by engaging the industry to provide standards. 
Presented by: Joe Leader – CEO, APEX

4:50 – 5:00 | Closing & Door Prize Drawing 
You must be present to win!





Thank you to our sponsor!

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For more information, contact Michael Greskiewicz via email or +1.847.686.2336.



Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
1107 Jamboree Road
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