Posted on: 10 February 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Iridium Communications Inc. has certified and approved for operation on the Iridium constellation and network, International Communications Group’s (ICG’s) NxtLink ICS-400.The ICS-400 completed testing through the “Iridium Compatible Equipment Certification” (ICE) and combines four Iridium channels with an internal cabin telecommunications unit (CTU), offering global voice service coupled with telephone services similar to those found in contemporary office PABX systems.The NxtLink ICS-400 can be integrated with conventional telephony devices, other satcom systems or legacy CTU systems through standard 2- Wire “Tip and Ring” circuits, 4-Wire audio connections or CEPT-E1 digital circuits. Standard CTU features include intercom calling, call transfer, conferencing, follow-on dialing and voice prompts.Designed into a 4 MCU Line Replaceable Unit (LRU), the ICS-400 can be installed on any size aircraft as the sole communications facility or as an additional/restorative communications system.“Completion of this qualification demonstrates that we have met the stringent requirements outlined by Iridium and that the ICS-400 multi-channel system can provide reliable, global coverage for voice and data applications,” commented Darren Emery, ICG’s Director of Customer Support.Armin Jabs, ICG COO said, “ICG is pleased that the ICS-400 platform has been selected as the satellite communications system for the Embraer Lineage 1000 aircraft. It confirms our belief that the multi-channel ICS-400 offers the least expensive satcom solution for an operator requiring global voice, fax and data communications services for their aircraft.”The NxtLink ICS-400 also provides ARINC 429 connections and a dedicated Short Burst Data (SBD) transceiver to support ACARS messaging. The device is simple to operate offering standard dialing conventions and PABX operations with familiar call progress tones. It is the ideal solution for aircraft requiring up to 10 telephony connections and seamless global communications services without the inconveniences of hand-offs or no-service areas.