Posted on: 27 April 2016 by Mark Howells
Satcom Direct (SD) has launched a new connectivity solution for small to midsize aircraft, WiFi Hub, which functions as both a router and a wireless access point.
“By adding the SD WiFi Hub to our hardware line-up, SD now offers powerful connectivity solutions for any size aircraft. The Hub is the perfect platform for smaller airframes that previously were unable to utilise the SDR due to space constraints,” explained Ken Bantoft, SD’s chief technology officer. “Now, operators can access many premium services previously unavailable to narrowbody aircraft.”
The company has primarily designed the WiFi Hub for operators who have a regional mission where email access and text messaging are top priority. Consisting of advanced hardware and software features – including two ARINC 429 interfaces and configurable discretes – it supports multiple SATCOM bearers and Wi-Fi networks. This delivers features including GlobalVT, which enables voice and text on the user’s smartphone, at all phases of flight in any location.
Additionally, SD claims it will enhance the Satcom Direct Router (SDR) for ultra-long range aircraft, providing up to an additional 900 Mbps data rate to the cabin with both 2.4 and 5 GHz 802.11 b/g/n radios. The Hub supports high definition media products and applications for all passengers, addressing buffering and gaps in cabin coverage.
Photo credit: Steve Nichols