Posted on: 13 November 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Air Arabia claims to be the first airline in the Middle East to select Rockwell Collins’ second-generation dPAVES in-flight entertainment (IFE) system with installation on 44 new Airbus A320 aircraft.
This latest version of dPAVES provides new levels of information and entertainment content while significantly reducing size, weight, and power consumption.The system’s High Definition Media Server (HDMS) offers 160 gigabytes of solid state digital audio and video storage capability, integrated pre-recorded announcements and music (PRAM) functionality with embedded Airshow Moving Map, all in a single 4 Modular Concept Unit (MCU), electronics bay-mounted box. The large storage capability of the HDMS allows for multiple pre-scripted play periods of entertainment content to be pre-stored on the server, for automatic changeover when the new play period begins.
Airlines also have the option to handle updates of non-encrypted content themselves or through Rockwell Collins Content Services Group. This choice gives airlines flexibility in responding to commercial opportunities as they arise since time sensitive content can be replaced at a moment’s notice, anywhere in the world.