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SIMKAB – Simplified Cabins

Cabins and Cabin Systems

In the SIMKAB joint project, the TUHH Institute of Aircraft Cabin Systems is looking at “Authentication and User-Roles as an Aspect of Airliner Cabin Management Systems”.

Within LuFo IV-3, the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) aviation research programme, the joint SIMKAB project is creating innovative technologies in the fields of lighting systems, materials, acoustics, cabin supply systems, cabin management systems and freight systems, leading to increased efficiency, modularity and flexibility and thereby to standardised cabins with reduced complexity.

The Institute of Aircraft Cabin Systems at the Hamburg University of Technology, led by Prof. Dr Ralf God, has now brought the "Authentication and User-Roles as an Aspect of Airliner Cabin Management Systems" subproject to a successful conclusion. The aim of this project was to find ways to move from decentralised administration of access codes for control devices in aircraft to a centrally managed authentication using electronically readable ID documents. A concept for flexible and standardised user interfaces with low complexity will be produced and demonstrated. Particularly for airlines with large fleets and regular personnel turnover, it simplifies the administration of access privileges and facilitates easy-to-operate authentication and authorisation for users within the cabin. So-called smart cards are used as electronic ID documents. Similar to bank cards and the new national ID card, they use contact or non-contact interfaces to allow access to aircraft systems. The process will be demonstrated using an appropriate test bed for airport and aircraft cabin settings.


TUHH - Institute of Aircraft Cabin Systems (
University Prof. Dr. Ralf God, ralf.god(at), +49 40 42878-8293
Dipl.-Ing. Hartmut Hintze, hartmut-hintze(at), +49 40 42878-8292


Airbus Operations GmbH, Kreetslag 10, 21129 Hamburg

SIMKAB project partners

Airbus Operations GmbH, Hamburg
AOA Apparatebau Gauting GmbH, Gauting
BMW Forschung und Technik GmbH, Munich
COTESA GmbH, Mittweida
Diehl Aerospace GmbH, Ueberlingen, Diehl Aircabin GmbH, Laupheim
German Aerospace Center, Cologne (Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology, Goettingen)
EADS Deutschland GmbH-lW, Munich
Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH, Donauwoerth
Fraunhofer Gesellschaft e.V., Munich (Heinrich Hertz Institute, Berlin)
Fraunhofer Gesellschaft e.V., Munich (Institute PYCO, Teltow)
Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg)
Rheinmetall Defence Electronics, Bremen
Hamburg University of Technology, Hamburg (Institute of Aircraft Cabin Systems)
Telair lnternational GmbH, Miesbach
Wittenstein aerospace & simulation GmbH, lgersheim

Sponsored by

Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Aeronautical Research Programme (LuFo) IV-3