Posted on: 15 June 2011 by Mark Howells
Global mobile satellite communications services provider, Inmarsat, has revealed plans for oceanic safety communications on its SwiftBroadband aeronautical service. The plans were announced at Inmarsat’s 2011 aeronautical conference held in Munich, Germany. The introduction of safety services – currently planned for 2013, following the successful launch of the Alphasat satellite – will mean that the SwiftBroadband aeronautical service can support oceanic safety communications, cockpit and operational communications, and cabin connectivity in a single installation.Inmarsat claims that SwiftBroadband safety services will be a lower cost, more capable and higher performing solution for safety traffic than previously available via satellite. An aggressive development programme is now underway to prepare for its launch.“Introducing oceanic safety services on SwiftBroadband will provide an opportunity for step changes to the functionality and economics of satellite-based operational and safety data communications,” commented David Coiley, Director of Aeronautical Services at Inmarsat. “We expect end-user prices for ACARS messaging on SwiftBroadband to be at least one third lower than equivalent tariffs on our Classic aero services. This will considerably increase the return on investment that SwiftBroadband offers aircraft operators, making a SwiftBroadband solution attractive to both the CFO and the flight operations director.”Inmarsat has also announced that SwiftBroadband 200 – the new low-cost variant for small aircraft that uses a low-gain antenna – will offer Safety Services.