Posted on: 05 April 2011 by Ross McSweeny
The IMS Company’s “seat-centric” RAVE inflight entertainment system was the winner of the Crystal Cabin Award in the “Entertainment and Communication” category held last night in Hamburg.
The new Secretary of State at Hamburg’s Ministry of Economic and Labour Affairs, Dr Bern Egert, presented the trophy to Joseph Renton, CEO and founder of The IMS Company, along with chief engineer Larry Girard, and vice president sales and marketing Harry Gray.
The Crystal Cabin Award further validated IMS’s concept of a seat-centric architecture, following the company’s opening day announcements at the Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) that Lufthansa German Airlines and Brussels Airlines had joined airberlin and SriLankan Airlines in selecting the RAVE system. IMS hope to confirm six more RAVE customers by the close of AIX on the 7th April.
The Crystal Cabin Award has its roots in the 2007 awards in which IMS’s “integrated portable” concept was a finalist. That concept saw IMS and American Airlines integrate a portable media player (PMP) into the seatback with the look and convenience of an embedded system, while maintaining all of the benefits of portability, including certification as a portable device under DO-160 rules.
A total of 52 entries from ten countries were received by the Crystal Cabin Award Association in Hamburg with 21 of them reaching the final round.