Posted on: 05 April 2019 by Kimberley Young
IFPL have showcased their latest integrated power products, identifying trends in consumer demand and preparing airlines for future upgrades.
In collaboration with seat manufacturers, IFPL has taken the traditional USB single unit design and split it into two modular components: a DC to DC convertor and a small USB Remote Power Outlet (RPO). The solution can be integrated within existing and new seat designs.
Showcasing the products at Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, the company said: “IFPL has identified that future passenger trends will move towards a strong consumer demand from USB-A to USB-C. IFPL’s new product gives confidence to airlines that they can now invest in seamless seat integration with a clear upgrade path.”
The DC to DC power converter can be in the arm, seat pan or an alternative location, while the modular design means the RPO can be swapped out easily and quickly if required, leaving the power converter in situ. IFPL’s Dave Phillips told Inflight that the cassette is quick to replace, “keeping the total long-term cost of ownership down”.
The styling also means it is ergonomically designed, deflecting any hits from bags as passengers navigate into their seats.
IFPL highlighted its Charge-to-Charge solution which offers a new way for airlines to generate ancillary revenues from USB power offerings. The company also displayed wireless design concepts, which would allow passengers to charge and view their device at the same time, which IFPL suggested would meet consumer demand as more passengers use their own devices for entertainment.
IFPL also showcased their latest audio products utilising Bluetooth technology, allowing passengers to connect to a wireless or wired headset through the Bluetooth integrated unit.
To meet the growing trend of Bluetooth headsets, IFPL have designed the latest 3.5mm Long Life audio jack to include Bluetooth connectivity. The airline and passenger can select their choice of headset, and also offers an opportunity for airlines to sell Bluetooth headsets onboard or explore new ancillary revenue options.