APEX 2013: Hugs and kisses as Panasonic launches new eXO overhead IFE

Panasonic Avionics has launched eXO – a new overhead in-flight entertainment (IFE) system for narrowbody aircraft.

Designed for maximum flexibility, the system supports a wide variety of cabin configurations including overhead video, wireless IFE and hybrid, cabin class-specific systems.

eXO is centered around a new 4 MCU single server unit head-end that supports cabin-wide, high definition broadcast overhead video, cabin-wide near audio-on-demand, high definition AVOD in premium classes and cabin-wide wireless content to passenger devices. It has 12.1-inch retract DOMs that support HD video in widescreen format. It also features a new, smaller form factor audio passenger control unit (PCU) that offers new capabilities including capacitive touch and tactile feedback.

Paul Findlay, product line management says, “eXO offers a low-cost, lightweight and fully integrated system that can also work with passengers’ own devices with the wireless streaming option.”

eXO is designed to work seamlessly with Panasonic’s wireless network to transform the in-cabin experience into a social environment. Passengers can use their own devices to connect to an in-flight portal and enjoy second screen entertainment, play DJ, interact with other passengers and the system, as well as play games.

Because it uses the same backbone as other X Series systems, it supports hybrid installations such as audio/video-on-demand in the premium cabin with overhead video in the economy cabin. eXO is being developed to support the A320 Universal Platform and the new B737MAX. It can also support Bombardier, Embraer, COMAC and others. Its architecture also provides a path to reconfigure the cabin in the event an airline’s route strategy changes in the future.

In addition, as part of the X Series family, eXO provides a flexible business platform for revenue generation with applications including static shopping and advertising on the overhead system as well as dynamic shopping and advertising to passenger devices if integrated as part of a wireless cabin.

Liz Moscrop, Inflight / Inflight-Online.com
Anaheim, CA, USA

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