Kontron has signed contracts to supply open architecture in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) equipment to more than 500 Russian and Chinese aircraft, slated for installation over the next two years, the company announced yesterday, on the opening day of AIX 2019.
Installations of the IFEC hardware – including ACE Flight servers, cabin wireless access points, removable storage and cabin control panels – are already underway with the help of regional partners RRTSoft in Russia and Kontron Beijing Technology in China, which are providing local technical, certification and logistics support to airlines and integration partners. Kontron expects the contracts to cement its position among airlines in the Russian and Chinese airline markets.
“We anticipate even faster growth for this segment in regional markets such as Russia and China, which have large aircraft fleets that are not yet Wi-Fi or connectivity enabled.” — Andy Mason, Kontron America
“Based on our history of successful deployments, Kontron has earned its position as the number one supplier of open architecture systems and LRUs for the global IFEC market,” said Andy Mason, VP Technology, Kontron America. “We anticipate even faster growth for this segment in regional markets such as Russia and China, which have large aircraft fleets that are not yet Wi-Fi or connectivity enabled.”
In other news, Kontron today announced the production availability of its portable Cab-n-Connect P100 wireless streaming platform for the commercial aviation market. The P100 system features integrated wireless technology, including dual 802.11ac/abgn radios, that support 100 streaming client devices, a 4G LTE Advanced Pro cellular modem and an ADS-B wireless receiver.
According to the company’s release, “This entry-level platform provides many of the features and performance levels found in fixed IFE equipment, but without the need for a separate STC thereby eliminating additional costs and time for installation.”