Posted on: 09 September 2019 by Alexander Preston
Astronics has introduced its new Edge Cabin Network Platform to support IFE customers with a ‘smarter, scalable hardware solution’.
Intended for any aircraft including widebodies, narrowbodies, and regional jets, this new system eliminates the head end server to save weight and complexity. Fewer boxes are also required resulting in a faster installation time, while a decentralised architecture provides intense scalability plus greater security. Additionally, Edge Cabin Network Platform has wireless content and SSD format loading options.
“We’re taking in-flight connectivity hardware to ‘the edge’ of innovation with this new IFE platform introduction,” said Michael C. Kuehn, president of Astronics CSC. “Our new Edge Cabin Network Platform employs the power of a distributed computing system architecture to eliminate weighty servers while improving the passenger Wi-Fi experience. With this new strategy of a distributed architecture, IFE providers can provide a scalable, secure system, offering airlines the option to deploy only as many as they may need to create the optimal, cost- and performance-effective configuration.”