NBAA 2011: Lufthansa Technik’s nice HD upgrade

Lufthansa Technik has announced its next generation nice HD (high-definition) CMS / IFE (cabin management and in-flight entertainment system) at this year’s NBAA event, claiming it now offers a wider range of cabin equipment packages.According to Lufthansa Technik, nice HD is highly configurable and flexible, offering lighting and environmental control to the integration of third-party solutions such as satellite communications and TV, 3rd party audio/video devices or cameras."Customers can experience innovative ways to control cabin, communications and entertainment functions with our third generation User Interface (UI),” commented Andrew Muirhead, Director Business Unit Innovation, Lufthansa Technik. “The system incorporates an animated Graphical User Interface (GUI) with an integrated scroll wheel and a touch screen.”The scroll wheel allows the user to simply roll a ‘small barrel’ with a thumb or finger which corresponds to the animated GUI. Once the selection is chosen the user can simply push to select the function.The nice remote can also be used with a wireless application on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.Just some of the new features on the next-generation nice HD system include, readiness for streaming of Hollywood studio content; a new customisable generation 3 Graphical User Interface; an interactive hybrid Touch Screen/Scroll Wheel control system; consolidation of nice system components into fewer, smaller and lighter LRUs with more functionality; increased network bandwidth and capacity with Gigabit Ethernet to each seat; integration of consumer PEDs (personal electronic devices) such as smart phones or tablets; improved reliability with HALT/HASS testing in development and production, and Remote System Access for maintenance and product support.Still in development are features to offer wireless content distribution to personal devices – smart phones and tablets, and a standalone Wireless IFE System with content service.The advanced nice HD system is based on the same wireless and wired Ethernet technology that is flying on aircraft such as the Bombardier Challenger 300, Challenger 605, Global XRS/5000, Boeing Business Jets and Airbus Corporate Jets.

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