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Moment Unveils Flymingo Next: An IoT-Enabled Wireless IFEC Hardware Platform

Moment, until recently known as Interactive Mobility, unveiled its latest in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) hardware platform. Flymingo Next includes two components: a combined wireless access point (WAP) and sever and one additional WAP to offer Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 and LTE technologies. The new product incorporates Internet of Things (IoT) technology to offer services beyond IFE. The new functionality is intended to assist cabin crew and maintenance staff via a network of sensors that connect to the server.

APEX Media | Related CES 2018: Interactive Mobility’s Flymingo to Take Flight on Air France Next Month – APEX Media

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Panasonic Avionics Names Vistara as Launch Customer of Arc and Games Platforms

Panasonic Avionics has announced Vistara is the launch customer of Arc, its customizable and 3-D in-flight maps platform, and Games, a suite of globally recognized premium games. Initially launched at Aircraft Interiors in April, Arc and Games will be available on Vistara’s fleet of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and Airbus A321neo aircraft as of 2020. Arc is part of Panasonic’s Theatre IFE solution and Marketplace e-commerce solution, which are run on its cloud infrastructure, NEXT.

Panasonic Avionics | Related [VIDEO] Panasonic Avionics Makes In-Flight Map, Wellness and Esports Announcements – APEX Media

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Mythopoeia Signs Fleet-Wide Power Deal With VivaAerobus

Mythopoeia will be equipping VivaAerobus’ entire fleet with its USB PowerStream solution. The installations, which will take two nights per aircraft, are scheduled to begin on December 7. “We limit downtime of the aircraft," said Terry Bonar, CEO of Mythopoeia. “From a maintenance and installation perspective, our solution is very competitive."

APEX Media | Related New Projects for Mythopoeia on Air Greenland and Rossiya Airlines – APEX Media

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A Jet Lag Remedy, Now in VR

Lighting affects our circadian rhythms, but can it also work inside a virtual reality headset? Jetlite and Inflight VR, two startups that met at Airbus BizLab, are putting the idea to trial. The companies are showcasing a prototype to demonstrate different lighting scenarios inside a VR headset. Passengers can select their travel conditions – daytime or nighttime flight and direction of travel – and the lighting in the virtual cabin will adjust accordingly to minimize jet lag: reddish if they’re winding down for the evening or bluish if they’re trying to stay alert.

APEX Media | Related Industry Visionaries: A Spotlight on Some of the Brightest Minds in Aviation – APEX Media

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Argus Cyber Security’s Software Looks to Prevent IFEC Hacks

To defend against in-flight hacking attempts, Tel Aviv-based Argus Cyber Security has launched Argus IFEC Protection, a software solution that can be installed in hardware, such as servers, routers and screens, from any manufacturer. The company already has extensive experience in the automotive sector. “Many of the technologies that you find in a car are similar to ones you find in aircraft cabins,” said Rubi Arbel, Argus Cyber Security’s VP Aviation.

APEX Media | Related Some Privacy, Please: Securing the Future of Passenger Data – APEX Media

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Kinai Infotech Designs Inclusive In-Flight Games

Mumbai-based Kinai Infotech has developed a suite of in-flight video games designed for passengers with visual impairments. Their portfolio features 10 games at present – including classics such as Blackjack, Snakes and Ladders, Bowling and Tower Stack – and uses heightened voice prompts and commands to guide players through the gameplay. The company’s CTO, Sachin Andezath, said that Kinai is determined not to compromise on functionality or features in order to offer passengers with visual impairments the “same joy” as every other passenger on the aircraft.

APEX Media | Related 40 Success Stories: When Bluebox Broadened Access to IFE – APEX Media

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NHK Global Media Services Releases “Have a Nice Stay” Video Series

Anticipating the tourism boost that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will bring to Japan, NHK has released a series of city guides highlighting different accommodations that can offer visitors the experience of Japanese hospitality, known as omotenashi. Called “Have a Nice Stay,” each 15-minute video introduces the viewer to an area of Japan through the lens of a hotel or inn with a unique characteristic. “During your trip, we walk you through hotels and inns. That’s what you’re going to be thinking of on the flight,” says Akihiko Uchida, deputy general manager of NHK Global Media Services.

APEX Media | Related Viasat & InflightFlix to Stream Video Destination Guides – APEX Media

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> PHOTO OF THE DAY

 
 

I have arrived at the promised stroopwafel land. #IFSAEXPO2019 #APEXEXPO. Captured by @AirlineFlyer (via Twitter)

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> Tweet of the Day

Let us never forget #September11 @PanasonicAero⁩ ⁦@PanasonicJobs⁩ employees, customers and partners pause from ⁦@theAPEXassoc⁩ #APEXEXPO to remember those lost on this day 18 years ago.

Sanjiv Moré @sanjivvmore

 
 
 

Association News

40 Success Stories

 The World Airline Entertainment Association (WAEA) – now the Airline Passenger Experience (APEX) Association – held its first annual conference in 1979. This year’s event, now known as APEX EXPO, marks the 40th anniversary since its inception. To celebrate reaching this milestone, we looked back at the most significant achievements of APEX members over the past 40 years. Thank you to Inmarsat for supporting this campaign!

 
 
 

Win a Luxury Swag Bag as Part of Our Golden Ticket Campaign

To celebrate APEX EXPO’s and Wessco International’s 40th anniversaries this year, 40 lucky APEX Experience magazine readers will win jumbo-sized swag bags, packed with luxury goodies from Wessco’s brand partnerships – including skincare, apparel and more. Check your copy of the 40th anniversary issue of the magazine for a golden ticket and present it at Wessco’s booth to claim your prize! More details here.

 
 
 

> Quote of the Day

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"Less is more."

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

 
 

Until tomorrow

 
 

ABOUT APEX

The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) encompasses a network of airlines, businesses and professionals that are committed to providing a world-class airline experience for passengers around the globe. Every day, APEX members are improving every aspect of the airline experience, from designing, building and installing seating, entertainment and communications systems on commercial aircraft, to airport lounges and in-flight dining. Visit apex.aero for more information. APEX is professionally managed by Kellen Company, the premier global association management firm with offices and representation in the United States, Europe, China, the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia.

 
 

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