Posted on: 06 September 2011 by Mark Howells
TriaGnoSys and Siemens CMT have announced IFEConneX, claiming its the smallest inflight entertainment and communication (IFEC) solution which allows passengers to use their own mobile devices in-flight.
IFEConneX incorporates an entertainment and media distribution system into the TriaGnoSys inflight GSM solution, GSMConneX, which was launched early this year at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg. The lightweight modular system provides three services: GSM, WLAN and wireless streaming of IFE content, enabling business jet operators to combine the three services.
IFEConneX enables passengers to use their own mobile phone, tablet or laptop for calls, text messaging, emails, internet connectivity, and for Audio and Video On Demand (AVOD). The solution has the capacity to stream individual content to up to 100 passengers simultaneously.
“This is the perfect solution for any aircraft that does not have an embedded IFE system. It is a complete communication and entertainment system in one small box,” commented Managing Director of TriaGnoSys, Axel Jahn.
IFEConneX is an extension of TriaGnoSys’s business jet solution, AeroBTS+, an integrated server and GSM base station. Software configuration options include the GSM service alone, GSM plus IFE, GSM plus WiFi, or all three services. WiFi and Wireless IFE can also be installed without GSM, while retaining the option to upgrade.
Airborne hardware is small and light so can be mounted within the ceiling panel with, claimed by TriaGnoSys and Siemens, installation very simple. For external connectivity, it connects to the aircraft’s existing communications system, and has the flexibility to be used over any radio link, including SwiftBroadband, Ku-band, Ka-band and direct air-to-ground links.
Vice President of Technology at Siemens CMT, Gerald Schreiber stated, “This is highly versatile technology. Passengers can use their own mobile devices for inflight connectivity and to access video and music content, based on an intuitive user interface that makes it very simple to use. The fact it incorporates both IFE content and connectivity makes it possible to provide live updates, for example: news, sport and destination information.”
The solution will be on display at the 2011 APEX Expo in Seattle.