The inflight cabin wizardry continues to expand in hardware, software and services, and all of it is going faster than ever.
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- 2011 Cabin Electronics
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- Air Partner
- Aircraft Cabin Systems
- Blue Sky Network
- Custom Control Concepts
- Duncan Aviation
- EMS Aviation
- Flight Display Systems
- Goodrich Interiors – Cabin Electronic Systems
- Heads Up Technologies
- IMS Company
- Innovative Advantage
- International Communication Group
- Panasonic Avionics Corp.
- Rockwell Collins
- Satcom 1
- Satcom Direct
- Skycast Solutions
- Thrane & Thrane
Two new Android-based IFE distribution systems are now available from Irvine, Calif.-based InTheAirNet (ITAN).
The ITAN SDU (seat display unit), part of the company's a-series, enables passengers to use a large seat display to play their own content from PEDs, eliminating armrest units. Passengers can plug in their PEDs to play their own media content or connect to the Internet on broadband flights. The SDU system's built-in storage and Android architecture allows programs to be synchronized to an aircraft's flight stages, as well as edited for specific destinations, without the need for a separate server.
ITAN's other new a-series system is the ITAN Arm. Also based on an Android platform, it provides IFE, information and power to the passengers' PEDs.
The company also has unveiled two new inflight map developments based on Android. The Mapp App, which users download to their PEDs, allows passengers to access an aircraft's map programs via the cabin's wired or wireless distribution system. Mapp App features high-resolution maps, with the option of adding higher-resolution views of key cities. The program's digital satellite imagery enables views 40 mi. across, anywhere around the world, and city views 4 mi. across. The application also can be customized for destination information and branding graphics, provides auto scripting and up to 1 K of data.
The other new launch is Mapp Wapp, a new Android-based system for wirelessly distributing ITAN's map product to passengers' PEDs. Mapp Wapp is a stand-alone delivery system especially designed to replace older systems. The system also can store movies, audio and other Android apps for distribution through the new a-series Arm system. The app, which passengers can reuse on later flights once downloaded, also can be customized for destination information and branding graphics.
Also recently introduced is InTheAirNet's abSeries platform for business aircraft — a new inflight entertainment and seat power connection for business aircraft with nine to 60 passengers.
The system consists of a 7-in. master control, usually located in the galley or crew area; a Distribution/Power Module in the cabin that supports nine passengers (additional passengers or zones may be added as desired); an Aircraft Interface Module for adding a passenger map; and an optional Aircraft Control Module for electronic control of aircraft lights, temperature and shades. All features can be operated with an app on the passenger's smart device.
This system allows passengers to play their PED content on large, high-resolution cabin displays, watch previously stored onboard content and a moving passenger map, or connect to the Internet.