Thales and SITA have reported on the success of
pairing Thales GateSync with SITAs e-Aircraft Services to enable
inflight entertainment on demand to passengers smartphones,
tablets and other devices.
Currently on trial with LAN Airlines,
at Santiago Airport, the system provides passengers with on-demand rich
content straight to their own devices. This includes music,
movies, news, TV series, PC games, interactive shopping,
destination and flight information, all streamed within the cabin.
SITA provides connectivity for aircraft on the ground via
Wi-Max, Wi-Fi, or cellular service and, through its subsidiary
OnAir, inflight connectivity through satellite-based broadband
services. By using SITAs network to deliver its inflight entertainment (IFE), Thales avoids shipping hard drives and the
need for manpower to upload content, while allowing frequent
updates. SITAs delivery of information is fast, secure and
cost-effective, and it can handle other airline data, such as
non-safety-critical operational aircraft communications, as well
as the IFE content.
Stuart Dunleavy, Vice President of
Media & Connectivity of Thaless In Flight Entertainment Systems
business, said, Thales is committed to delivering high
performance digital media distribution. The combination of Thales
expertise in the development of in-flight entertainment and
passenger connectivity solutions, with SITAs recognized
specialization in air transport communications and IT solutions is
central to the success of this initiative. Each party is bringing
its strengths to this project.
Sebastien Fabre, Vice
President, Integrated Networks, SITA, added, SITA and Thales are
unlocking the maximum benefits achievable from e-connected
aircraft. This technology is not just for IFE, but can be for all
data. In effect, we are making the aircraft an active node in the
airlines enterprise network, allowing data control by all
stakeholders within the airline. Passengers get on-demand IFE,
while time-sensitive data such as passenger manifests, daily news,
meal inventories, surveys, crew logs and system performance data
can also be securely transmitted to the airlines operational
SITA is currently experiencing data volume growth
on new generation aircraft (A380 and B787) approaching 100% compared to older generation aircraft. This demonstrates that the
development of aircraft-centric IP service management is essential
to meet the needs of airlines.
This innovative trial from
Thales and SITA rapidly accelerates the delivery of high speed
Gatesync wireless ground connectivity for airlines, putting in
place the building blocks for seamless e-enabled aircraft
operations. With the evolution of aeronautical wireless
communications and mobile devices, and the growth of new
generation aircraft, such as the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787, the
Thales/SITA project demonstrates not only sophisticated on-demand
IFE services for passengers, but new ways of operating aircraft.
Airlines can reduce costs and accelerate turnaround time because
time-sensitive data can be transmitted wirelessly to, and from, an
entire airline fleet. This automates the labor-intensive and
time-consuming processes of retrieving and loading large volumes
of aircraft systems data.
The ground-based infrastructure,
which SITA has installed and manages, uses SITAs existing private
backbone network for the secure deployment and management of data
among airports, airlines and third parties to the e-enabled
aircraft ecosystem around the world. It is fully integrated into
SITAs Command Centers, which provide round-the-clock monitoring
and support services. Onboard the aircraft, Thales provides
GateSync components and integrates the system with onboard servers
and avionics equipment.
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