BoardConnect Portable Wireless IFE Enters New Generation

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APEX Insight: Ahead of the Lufthansa FlyingLab to APEX EXPO, Lufthansa Systems has announced the launch of its new-generation BoardConnect Portable solution.

The introduction of a new mobile streaming unit (MSU) means Lufthansa Systems’ BoardConnect Portable wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE) solution can stream high-quality content to up to 100 users, representing a 50% improvement compared to the hardware’s previous capability.

The MSU corresponds to a real server platform, including all necessary access points. Lufthansa Systems says one unit will be powerful enough to support a single-aisle aircraft at full passenger capacity, even if the airline expects high usage rates.

Depending on the needs of the airline customer, the modular BoardConnect platform can also be supplemented with Iridium NEXT technology using BoardConnect Portable/Link, a low-bandwidth solution, developed by Lufthansa Technik as part of its Lconnect product family, which enables the use of messaging applications and online payments. BoardConnect Portable/Link requires an antenna, but this can be installed without the need for a supplemental type certificate.

“Our close cooperation with Lufthansa Technik and other partners gives us a decisive competitive advantage.” — Jan-Peter Gänse, Lufthansa Systems. 

Lconnect comprises all the services needed to equip an aircraft with IFE and IFEC. In addition to the physical installation, the products include all required aeronautical and regulatory work; conversion planning and materials supply; the manufacture of components, such as the WLAN access point; the supply of materials in regular flight operations; and the repair of defective components.

Jan-Peter Gänse, head of Passenger Experience Products and Solutions at Lufthansa Systems, commented, “The demand for IFE and IFEC solutions continues to grow. Our close cooperation with Lufthansa Technik and other partners gives us a decisive competitive advantage here.”

Following the Lufthansa FlyingLab to APEX EXPO, Lufthansa Systems and Lufthansa Technik will be demonstrating the new generation of its BoardConnect Portable product and its Lconnect hardware and service package at APEX EXPO in Boston on September 25-27.