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APEX Insight: Long-time partners Kontron and CarlisleIT are working together to provide a turnkey in-flight connectivity solution to help airlines cut deployment time and upfront costs.

Kontron has announced a partnership with Carlisle Interconnect Technologies (CarlisleIT) to provide a turnkey in-flight Wi-Fi solution, bringing together each company’s expertise in embedded computing technology and high-performance wiring and cabling, respectively.

The new partnership enables the two companies to work more closely together to minimize deployment time, meanwhile providing a complete solution that includes hardware components, supplemental type certificates (STCs) as well as installation, which the companies are offering as a complimentary service to minimize upfront investment costs.

“The Kontron-CarlisleIT partnership is already well established and is gaining significant traction in the IFEC market, especially in Europe and Asia,” said Andy Mason, vice-president, Technology at Kontron America. “CarlisleIT is an excellent partner for Kontron and brings an ideal set of complementary capabilities to the table.”

In addition to meeting the needs of airlines, the solution is designed to serve system integrators, connectivity service providers and software media companies.

Kontron and Carlisle IT already have an approved STC for the installation of a connectivity system on Airbus A320 family aircraft, and expect to receive one for Boeing 737s later this year.

Kontron’s ACE Flight 4608 server has been selected by Global Eagle as the SMU of its Airconnect system.

In other news, Kontron’s ACE Flight 4608 server, which debuted at APEX EXPO last year, has been selected by Global Eagle as the server management unit (SMU) of its next-generation Airconnect Ku-band satellite in-flight connectivity system.

“We recently achieved linefit approval with Global Eagle for several Kontron products onboard the Boeing 737 MAX,” said Mason. “Our line airborne servers form the backbone of their existing deployed connectivity solutions currently flying on over 700 narrow body aircraft.”