Boeing will make use of Inmarsat’s new 'smart pipe’
technology to provide fast and secure inflight broadband
connectivity on 777X aircraft.
From the cockpit to the cabin, the innovative
technology allows airlines to use multiple third-party
applications at the same time.
The brand new infrastructure has been designed to
independently allocate connectivity bandwidth to multiple
applications. This enables airlines to unlock important
operational benefits such as predictive maintenance, route
optimisation, modernised air traffic management and real-time crew
communications, while also offering enhanced passenger
entertainment, including high-speed internet and live television.
This ‘smart pipe’ functionality means that
applications delivered on two of Inmarsat’s satcom
solutions - GX Aviation and SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) - are
each able to have an unique service level agreement and guaranteed
performance levels, independent of other applications that are
also operating through the same terminal.
Philip Balaam, President of Inmarsat Aviation,
said, “This is a significant milestone in developing the
truly connected aircraft and reinforces Inmarsat’s key role in
serving the aviation industry with a suite of operational and
passenger connectivity services. The results from initial tests
for our ‘smart pipe’ are promising and we look forward to
continuing our collaboration with Boeing in preparation for the
forthcoming entry into service of its new 777X aircraft.”
Inmarsat’s new 'smart pipe’ technology will
initially be available to airlines that have either ordered or
plan to order the Boeing 777X. In addition, these capabilities
will be available as upgrades on other aircraft models.
As outlined by the London School of Economics
(LSE) in its Sky High Economics report, the connected aircraft
will save the aviation industry $15 billion annually by 2035, and
this combined development between Inmarsat and Boeing is a
significant stepping stone towards this goal.