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International Journal of Vehicular Technology
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 149813, 18 pages
Research Article

A New Movement Recognition Technique for Flight Mode Detection

1Electronics and Signal Processing Laboratory, Institute of Microengineering (IMT), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Breguet 2, 2000 Neuchâtel, Switzerland
2Jiiva, Stadtbachstrasse 40, 3012 Bern, Switzerland

Received 8 October 2012; Accepted 1 December 2012

Academic Editor: Aboelmagd Noureldin

Copyright © 2013 Youssef Tawk et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Nowadays, in the aeronautical environments, the use of mobile communication and other wireless technologies is restricted. More specifically, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prohibit the use of cellular phones and other wireless devices on airborne aircraft because of potential interference with wireless networks on the ground, and with the aircraft's navigation and communication systems. Within this context, we propose in this paper a movement recognition algorithm that will switch off a module including a GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) device or any other mobile cellular technology as soon as it senses movement and thereby will prevent any forbidden transmissions that could occur in a moving airplane. The algorithm is based solely on measurements of a low-cost accelerometer and is easy to implement with a high degree of reliability.