OAG Releases Prototype for Pandemic Disease Planning and Management

Thursday, September 17, 2009 General News
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CHICAGO, September 7 OAG, the leading providerof global airline data and intelligence, has developed a prototype to assisthealth organizations and government agencies in preparing their strategies tocombat the spread of pandemic diseases, including the H1N1 virus and otherflu strains.

The tool will allow responsible government departments and healthorganizations to visualize and model in elapsed time:

John Weber, Senior Vice President, OAG Aviation, said: "The world is nowtruly a global village where it is possible to reach almost any other pointon the planet by air within just one day. Flu bugs don't buy their owntickets; they travel with passengers at the same speed as aircraft.Understanding the logical path of travellers over a global network ofconnecting flights could be a major milestone in helping to minimize theescalation of any new epidemic."

Weber continued, "We have been working on this prototype since the firstoutbreak of the H1N1 virus and are now in a position to engage more fullywith organizations to help them with their preparedness plans. Our initialdiscussions with government departments have confirmed our view that there isreal value in using our data to predict where a virus may travel over thecommercial air lanes. What we bring to the party is the reliability of ourglobal schedules data, our experience with data integration and applications,and a very useful tool that allows planners to visualize the data in terms ofglobal geography. Our technology is very flexible so planners can lift userdefined portions of OAG data into an existing work environment."

The product will contain flight schedules data for all direct flights andconnections for every airport around the globe. Each flight is based onactual future flight schedules, and each connection reflects industrystandard minimum connect times which vary from carrier to carrier and airportto airport. The application, which allows planners to define and viewprogressive global connectivity, is a user-friendly tool requiring only a fewminutes of explanation. A unique feature of the tool allows planners todefine any origin point, and by using a slider bar for elapsed time fromorigin point departure, lets the user see how far a flu bug could spread inminutes or hours. The tool presents the results either as a graphic displayor in data table format that can be exported for further analysis.

The OAG airline schedules database is widely regarded as the mostcomplete and accurate information available, with the most up-to-date directand connecting flight details of more than 900 airlines and over 3,500airports.

Health organizations and government agencies who are interested indiscussing how they might utilize OAG data in their pandemic managementplanning should contact OAG at +44(0)1582-695080 or atcustomers@oagaviation.com.

OAG is a UBM Aviation business.

About OAG

OAG provides the industry's most accurate single source of airlineinformation, with essential aviation workflow data and analytics sourced fromits comprehensive proprietary airline schedules, fleet and MRO (maintenance,repair and overhaul) databases. OAG is a leading brand of UBM Aviation, aglobal data and information business for the air transport industry. UBMAviation serves the passenger aviation, air cargo logistics, MRO and businesstravel communities with information products, market intelligence, news andevents. It brings together buyers and sellers of air travel and transport,enabling the world's airlines, their customers and suppliers, to do businesssuccessfully. UBM Aviation operates from offices in the UK, USA, Canada,Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, China and The Netherlands. It is a division ofUnited Business Media Limited. For more information, go tohttp://www.ubmaviation.com- How a disease can spread from any single airport in the world, on any day within the future schedules time-frame - Which cities and airports could be alerted of potential impact as elapsed time from original departure time increases - Which carriers should be alerted at down-line connection points - Which carriers may already be impacted - How many (maximum) passengers could be exposed to a disease as time passes


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