GCAS 2016: TrueNorth launches connected.aero

TrueNorth Avionics has unveiled a new in-flight connectivity service, connected.aero, at the Global Connected Aircraft Summit (GCAS).
The company is touting connected.aero as aviation’s first hybrid cloud solution. Combining the cloud and TrueNorth’s Optelity Pro Cabin Gateway product, the solution brings together a cohesive suite of applications to enhance the bandwidth on the aircraft.
As well as using channel bonding, compression and acceleration to increase bandwidth, connected.aero aims to reduce data sessions such as background updates on passenger mobile devices, block interruptive content and prevent dropped connections.
“In-flight connectivity performance has improved over the last 10 years, but the passenger experience is often less than ideal,” explained Mark van Berkel, CEO of TrueNorth Avionics. “Our focus is to make the connectivity experience in the air the same as on the ground, which is why we created connected.aero. Included with our Optelity Pro Cabin Gateway product, it is designed to take advantage of the bandwidth that’s available while creating a secure, more efficient connection between the aircraft and the service provider.”
Stephen Newell, head of business development for TrueNorth Avionics, added, “Mobile devices will continue to evolve at a rapid pace, and only exacerbate the problem of limited bandwidth. Optelity Pro with connected.aero will address the challenges of the skinnier pipe, and the constant introduction of new devices. This new service option will support the growing range of satellite connectivity services—regardless of the specific type of link, or service provider.”

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