Virgin Blue May Want $A20 Million For Reservation System Meltdown

Will actively seek compensation, company says

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Virgin Blue May Want $A20 Million For Reservation System Meltdown

News reports coming out of Australia say that Virgin Blue estimates that the reservation system meltdown and resulting consequences has cost it up to $A20 million dollars.

The Australian reports Virgin Blue as saying:

"An initial assessment of this interruption shows an estimated pretax profit impact of $15 million - $20 million."

The story goes on to say that the company will be "actively pursuing all avenues to recover this cost."

A major avenue of pursuit will be Accenture-owned Navitaire which supplies Virgin Blue its reservation and check-in system.

While Virgin Blue has been very vocal in its intention to pursue compensation, in Virginia, things have gone very quiet. As you may recall, in late August into early September, the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) suffered a server failure that knocked some 26 state agencies off-line for nearly a week. Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor responsible for providing IT services to the state.

At the time, there was much talk about sending a bill to Northrop Grumman for the cost of the outage. Samuel A. Nixon Jr., head of VITA, indicated that Northrop Grumman would face a fine of at least $100,000 for lost work and productivity, and Northrop Grumman did agree in mid-September to pay $250,000 towards a study of what went wrong and why.

But in late September, after an estimate of the outage cost to Virginia's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) alone came to some $1.2 million, talk of seeking compensation from Northrop Grumman has disappeared.

I wonder why.

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​​Why the World’s Militaries Are Embracing 5G

To fight on tomorrow's more complicated battlefields, militaries must adapt commercial technologies

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4 large military vehicles on a dirt road. The third carries a red container box. Hovering above them in a blue sky is a large drone.

In August 2021, engineers from Lockheed and the U.S. Army demonstrated a flying 5G network, with base stations installed on multicopters, at the U.S. Army's Ground Vehicle Systems Center, in Michigan. Driverless military vehicles followed a human-driven truck at up to 50 kilometers per hour. Powerful processors on the multicopters shared the processing and communications chores needed to keep the vehicles in line.

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It's 2035, and the sun beats down on a vast desert coastline. A fighter jet takes off accompanied by four unpiloted aerial vehicles (UAVs) on a mission of reconnaissance and air support. A dozen special forces soldiers have moved into a town in hostile territory, to identify targets for an air strike on a weapons cache. Commanders need live visual evidence to correctly identify the targets for the strike and to minimize damage to surrounding buildings. The problem is that enemy jamming has blacked out the team's typical radio-frequency bands around the cache. Conventional, civilian bands are a no-go because they'd give away the team's position.

As the fighter jet and its automated wingmen cross into hostile territory, they are already sweeping the ground below with radio-frequency, infrared, and optical sensors to identify potential threats. On a helmet-mounted visor display, the pilot views icons on a map showing the movements of antiaircraft batteries and RF jammers, as well as the special forces and the locations of allied and enemy troops.

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