TriaGnoSys and Skuku have partnered to
provide the next generation of inflight GSM services.
The technology allows the use of voice and SMS
functions, without the need to install onboard GSM equipment.
Instead it uses existing connectivity, including in-seat screens,
seat-back phones and the internet. The technology will be on
display at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, on TriaGnoSys
To use the service, passengers simply
insert their own SIM card into a SIM card reader. On aircraft with
Internet connectivity, SMS messages can be sent and received using
the IFE screen, and softphones can be used for voice calls.
Seat-back phones can also be used to make and receive voice calls,
as can Inmarsat and Iridium satellite phones.
Skuku technology uses SIM card data in ground GSM servers to
provide roaming for voice and SMS. TriaGnoSys, experts in
aeronautical communication, has developed the software to enable
Skuku to be used on aircraft.
Colin Blou, VP of
Sales and Marketing, Skuku, said, “From the passengers’
perspective, using the TriaGnoSys/Skuku service is very similar to
current inflight mobile phone services. They can continue to use
their mobile number and contacts list, and they are billed through
their normal bills. The key difference is that they are billed at
national rates without having to pay costly roaming charges.”
Axel Jahn, Managing Director of TriaGnoSys, said,
“Airlines, as well as business jet owners and operators, can
exploit the technology they already have on their aircraft to
provide an additional passenger service. The installation process
is a simple software upgrade, bypassing the need for the expensive
and time-consuming fitting of hardware. In addition, Skuku
technology can easily be integrated into current generation
IP-enabled IFE systems.”
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