NBAA 2013: Collins Venue goes wireless

Rockwell Collins’ has upgraded its Venue cabin management and HD entertainment system to allow for wireless sharing.

The enhanced system allows business jet principals to share their content with a broader range of Digital Lifestyle Network Alliance (DLNA)-Certified personal devices throughout the cabin. Such devices include Android and iOS devices, the Kindle Fire, and laptop computers.

With wireless AVOD (Audio Video On Demand), Venue allows unencrypted content to be loaded and accessed by multiple displays and devices within the cabin. The feature allows principals to load personal digital media for their enjoyment or to share with other passengers. Venue will play them simultaneously or at different times on a variety of output devices.

Greg Irmen, vice president and general manager, Cabin Systems says, “With the availability of AVOD, principals will have more flexibility to play and share favourites wirelessly from their personal collection they’ve been saving for a convenient time to enjoy.

“They also can share their experience with other passengers in the refined sound and video environment of Venue.”

The capability can be added to Venue systems that are equipped with a wireless router through a simple software upgrade. Media can both be “pushed” through Venue from a tablet or iPhone to output devices, or “pulled” from an external storage drive carried onto the aircraft.

The company also announced that Venue systems had recently passed the 300-installation mark.

Liz Moscrop, Inflight /
Las Vegas, USA

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