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Satellite authorisation system smooths buying for busy air travellers

South Africa’s new satellite authorisation system is a locally developed satellite payment system that has been successfully demonstrated on South African Airways aircraft. Developed by SatAuth, it makes possible real-time acquisition of debit and credit card transactions during flights.

This unique solution was developed by SatAuth and the installation on selected SAA aircraft was performed by the SAA Technical team with support from the Aerospace industry support initiative (AISI), an initiative of the dti, which is managed and hosted by the CSIR

The business model for commerce on airlines has been constrained by the limitation of the on-board card payment facility which could not authenticate transactions during a flight. The system provides a communications infrastructure which helps the authorisation of financial transaction in real time. This solution decreases credit card fraud as airlines are able to process transaction related to onboard commerce, in real time during the flight.

The SatAuth project required funding for international certification before the installation of the technology in an aircraft. Through the support of the AISI funding, it was possible for the testing and the certification processes to be completed before the final installation of the solution on South African Airways.

Commenting on this development, Marié Botha, Manager: AISI, says, ”This successful project once again demonstrates how effective the dti is as a vehicle for industry development.”

Marié Botha

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A new dawn rises for the South African aerospace industry

A new dawn rises for the South African aerospace industryThe emergence of three highly innovative local aerospace technologies with great promise for successful commercialisation proves that the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI) is making a real impact in the South African aerospace industry.

The AISI is an initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), managed and hosted by the CSIR, with an ambitious mandate to position the country as a global leader in niche areas of industry.

“It is important to the dti to be able to show that the funding and support provided by the AISI is making a genuine impact on the industry. We are therefore proud to be able to say that we played a role in helping these three exciting aerospace SMMEs to get off the ground,” says Marié Botha, manager for the AISI. “It also shows us that our criteria for selecting which aerospace efforts to fund and support are in line with sector strategies and international benchmarks.”

The technology-based SMMEs in question include a company that is the first in South Africa to be able to provide radiation screening and mitigation services for satellite components; a company that employs a unique stellar gyroscope to function as a reliable attitude control system for nanosatellites; and a company that has developed a micro gas turbine engine that has the potential to be used in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).

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