Posted on: 21 July 2010 by Mark Howells
The Rockwell Collins second generation dPAVES system, which adds high definition (HD) capability to the company’s dPAVES single-aisle cabin offering, has achieved offerability as the inflight entertainment solution for the 737 Boeing Sky Interior.
"We see the in-flight entertainment market changing and believe this is a great opportunity to address the expectations of passengers," explains Tommy Dodson, vice president and general manager, cabin systems, for Rockwell Collins. "Our dPAVES system has been successful because it is flexible, reliable and cost effective. The enhancements we’re bringing to the 737 Boeing Sky Interior will add state-of-the-art video quality for all passengers."
As enhanced for Boeing the dPAVES system now features retractable 12-inch 16:9 LCD HD-ready displays, an enhanced touch screen flight attendant entertainment control panel (ECP) and USB ports located next to the ECP for easier content loading.
The high definition media server (HDMS) at the core of the dPAVES-HD system offers 160 gigabytes of solid state storage capability for audio and video content, integrated pre-recorded announcements (PRAM) and music functionality with embedded Airshow Moving Map — all in a single 4MCU box. The large storage capability of the HDMS allows for multiple play periods of entertainment content, and the server automatically selects the new content when the new play period starts.
Non-encrypted content can be handled by airlines independent of Rockwell Collins’ content management system, giving them the flexibility to respond to commercial opportunities as they arise by replacing local content at a moment’s notice, anywhere in the world.
Photo shows: Cove lighting and curved architecture create a distinctive entry and greater openness in the 737 Boeing Sky Interior cabin.