Honeywell Finishes Initial Test of SURF IA Safety Technology
Honeywell International Inc. HON recently concluded the initial testing phase of its latest safety technology — the Surface Indications and Alert System (SURF IA). Notably, the technology was developed under the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research program that includes program partners like Airbus, Dassault and Eurocontrol. As a matter of fact, the company’s SURF IA technology will enable airlines and business jets to evade runway accidents and collisions.
This technology is the latest addition to the company’s portfolio of safety-based products developed for the aerospace industry, which includes SmartRunway, SmartLanding and SmartTraffic Collision Avoidance System. With the help of software-based data analysis and algorithms, the company’s new technology will provide visual and audio warnings to flight crews, enabling them to take real-time decisions and avoid runway accidents. Notably, the company plans to commence full-scale production development after successful prototype testing on-board its test aircraft.
Although Honeywell's proactive restructuring initiatives have positioned it to navigate better than many of its peers, it is yet to witness signs of stabilization in few major end markets. For instance, a change in the U.S. government's defense and aerospace funding could adversely impact sales of Aerospace's defense and space-related products in the quarters ahead.
In the past three months, shares of this Zacks Rank #4 (Sell) company have lost 3.6% compared with the industry’s decline of 9.0%.
Also, Honeywell is presently facing inflationary headwinds across its entire supply-chain process. For instance, the company is currently experiencing inflation in a number of areas, especially logistics, transportation and in certain material prices like metals. Escalating costs might dent Honeywell's profitability in the quarters ahead. Moreover, high R&D costs could also be a drag on the Aerospace segment's profitability, going forward.
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