With inflight connectivity now commonplace on
business and VIP aircraft, OnAir and TriaGnoSys have
launched a new lightweight turnkey solution for
The system enables passengers to use their mobile devices
and laptops for calls, text messages, emailing and Internet
browsing, as they do on the ground.
OnAir is the
telecoms services provider, with TriaGnoSys providing the hardware
and software elements for both the aircraft and the ground.
Importantly, the airborne equipment consists of two small,
lightweight units, that connect to the aircraft's existing
satellite communications system.
Ian Dawkins, CEO
of OnAir, said, "Given how much business people use their mobile
phones, it isn't surprising they want stay in touch when they are
flying, and that is particularly true of business and VIP
passengers. We are therefore making it very simple for operators of business jets to provide inflight connectivity services. It is
also very simple for passengers: just make a call, send a text
message or look at email as you do on the ground."
Mobile phone usage is treated in the same way as international
roaming, meaning all costs are charged by the passenger's mobile operator in their regular bill. Therefore, the aircraft operator
is not responsible for the administration of accounting for the
costs. The service works in exactly the same way as international
roaming, with the charges included by each individual passenger's
mobile operator in their regular mobile phone bill. That
simplicity makes it convenient for both passengers and aircraft
Axel Jahn, Managing Director of
TriaGnoSys, said, "Not only is the airborne equipment the lightest
ever designed for business jets to support such comprehensive
services, it is also straightforward to install. The components
are simply connected by Ethernet to the satellite link. They do
not require specific cooling and their small size and weight means
they do not impinge on cabin space."
commercial deployment will be over the Inmarsat SwiftBroadband
service, but the solution can operate over any IP backhaul communications link, whether satellite-based or not.
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