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Crystal Cabin Awards shortlist narrows down to 24 finalists

Crystal Cabin AwardsThe 24 finalists for the Crystal Cabin Awards 2018 have now been decided with a number of inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) innovations featured.

The decisions of the 28 expert jury members on this year’s pioneering aviation concepts will be announced on 10 April 2018, during the Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in Hamburg.

So what wireless and IFEC innovations have been shortlisted this year?

Bluebox aIFE: Accessible IFE (aIFETM) for passengers with visual impairment

Working in partnership with long-time customer Virgin Atlantic Airways and an enthusiastic group of individuals with visual impairments, Bluebox has introduced an Accessible IFE (aIFE) platform for passengers with partial or full visual impairment.

Based on the award-winning, Hollywood-approved, Bluebox Ai portable IFE platform, and written in Apple’s new development language, Swift, Bluebox aIFE is a fully-customised user interface (UI) that builds upon the advanced accessibility features of Apple’s iOS platform, with additional IFE-specific capabilities.

Bluebox says aIFE provides any airline a much more advanced and radically lower-cost solution than the alternative of updating seat-back or other IFE systems, and can do so across mixed fleets with different IFE systems.

Inmarsat European Aviation Network

The European Aviation Network will provide airlines and their passengers flying across Europe with the same quality of broadband as they enjoy at home. This technological breakthrough is made possible by Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom.

An Inmarsat satellite in geostationary orbit 35,786 km above Europe will work in conjunction with 300 ground stations operated by Deutsche Telekom. Airlines flying across the EU’s 28 member states, as well as Norway and Switzerland, will automatically shift between the satellite and ground network to gain access to inflight internet, streamed entertainment, online shopping, and more.

EAN is currently scheduled to begin commercial service in the first half of 2018.

Find out more about EAN

University of Edinburgh Gigabit Wireless Networking in Aircraft Cabins via Light-Fidelity (LiFi)

LiFi is high-speed, bi-directional wireless data communication using light. Many LiFi-enabled lights form wireless networks, offering similar user experience to Wi-Fi. It uses the vast infrared and visible light spectrum, which is 2,600 times the size of the entire radio frequency spectrum.

Two students from the LiFi Research and Development Centre at the University of Edinburgh, Tezcan Cogalan and Cheng Chen in partnership with pureLiFi Ltd propose novel LiFi systems in aircraft cabins in collaboration with Airbus who have integrated the technology into a cabin demonstrator. It says: “LiFi will reduce weight, enable reliable wireless links of tens of megabit per user, provide worldwide inter-operability, avoid EMI and provide secure connectivity.”

“Get Connected” ran a feature about LiFi in 2016.

VT Miltope Cyber-secured cabin wireless networks

Airlines are increasingly implementing wireless networks and the EU is implementing cyber security legislation by May 2018 that can result in large fines.

However, airlines in particular seem often unaware of the potential risks for their operation, reputation and bottom line.

VT Miltope is exclusively partnering with Razor Secure to offer a novel and -first in industry- solution that embeds a cyber security solution, compliant with the latest EU legislation, into our network of cabin access points.

Read more about RazorSecure on “Get Connected”.

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Crystal Cabin Awards shortlist narrows down to 24 finalists was last modified: March 2nd, 2018 by Steve Nichols
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