Posted on: 05 April 2016 by Mark Howells
Immfly has qualified Kontron’s advanced airborne server and cabin wireless access point (CWAP) for use as part of its wireless in-flight monetization solution on Iberia Express Airlines.
The in-flight e-commerce and entertainment platform was tested on half of the Iberia Express fleet in 2015, with the remainder of the carrier’s aircraft due to be equipped with Immfly’s platform before summer 2016.
Kontron provided a complete set of hardware products necessary to implement a Wi-Fi network on-board the aircraft, including the company’s ACE Flight 600 airborne server and Cab-n-Connect 802.11n CWAP.
“At Immfly, we set out to develop a digital on-board platform to improve the way people travel, allowing them to connect simultaneously through their handheld devices and enjoy tailored news streaming of videos, travel guides, e-shopping, among other services. The success of our proven deployment represents a significant growth opportunity for Immfly, with an aim to reach 100 million connected passengers by 2018,” explained Alfredo Ibanez, CTO at Immfly. “Continuing to collaborate with Kontron will enable us to expand this vision to reach beyond the more than 230,000 passengers who have already enjoyed the Immfly platform during their flights.”
“Supporting Immfly in meeting their deployment goals with the ability to shorten critical time to market requirements is one of the main reasons why Kontron’s complete line of open architecture system solutions has been so successful in the global aviation market,” continued Jim VandeSteeg, head of avionics business line at Kontron. “A key component to our strategy is partnerships with innovative companies such as Immfly. Kontron’s value add is providing pre-validated hardware systems that meet continuing aviation system evolution while satisfying current requirements such as Immfly’s need to deliver local content that is unique to the Spanish market.”
The two companies continue to work together to enhance the Wi-Fi system with Kontron’s latest Cab-n-Connect A100 that supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi and the ACE Flight 4600 with 4G LTE capabilities for enhanced ground connectivity.