Posted on: 19 September 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Tahitian-based airline, Air Tahiti Nui, is the latest customer for The IMS Company’s seat-centric, content-loaded-on-seat-back-system for four A340 aircraft.Every seat in the two-class configuration of Air Tahiti Nui’s A340s will have a RAVE screen, according to IMS Vice President Sales and Marketing, who added the airline will use 12-inch, high-definition, touch-screen displays in business and 9-inch in economy.The order increases The IMS Company’s RAVE backlog to more than 65 aircraft, a number that more than doubles should all of the airline options for the system be exercised.RAVE differs from traditional server-centric systems by pre-loading content in each seat-back unit instead of storing them on large disk arrays. The new system mirrors the flexibility that can be had with portable devices and does not depend on large, complex networks and media servers to stream content.In RAVE’s architecture, the system control unit (SCU) provides the interface to the aircraft Passenger Service System. It performs bulk content loads in the background while the current content is played back to the passenger. The SCU also distributes video in real-time such as safety videos and boarding music via the fault tolerant gigabit Ethernet cabin network. RAVE also eliminates seat-boxes and provides slim, light-weight, low-power seat displays.The high-definition display SDUs are fully interchangeable and easily replaced by a flight attendant in the event of service failure with no impact on any other seat. The SDU storage is solid state and the capacity is defined by each airline to fit its content strategy. The SDUs are easily upgradeable—up to 4 Terabytes—to meet the needs of each airline as its content requirements expand.The SCU has up to 12 Terabytes of storage capacity.
Kathryn Creedy, US Correspondent
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