Airbus has become the first OEM to install a full suite of the Satcom Direct Router (SDR), SD WiFi Hubs and GlobalVT products.
The installation marks the first time that the SDR, two SD WiFi Hubs and SD’s GlobalVT will be integrated together, providing a complete cabin connectivity solution.
The work was performed by Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC) in Toulouse, France, on an Airbus ACJ320.
The newly-released SD WiFi Hub is a wireless access point that, when installed together with the SDR in large cabin aircraft, expands capability and enhances connectivity performance – such as allowing the internet to be used to make telephone calls.
The Hubs adds additional interfaces where needed, simplifying the installation and improving Wi-Fi coverage in the cabin. The Hubs also support high-definition media products and applications for all passengers, eliminating buffering and gaps in cabin coverage by providing up to an additional 900 Mbps data rates to the cabin with both 2.4 and 5 GHz 802.11n radios.
At one-inch high, the SD WiFi Hub has the smallest and lightest form factor in aviation, which also contributes to the ease of installation.
The SDR provides the gateway to the full spectrum of SD’s value-added services for the cabin including GlobalVT, which allows passengers to use their smartphones in-flight with their own number and caller ID. The SD products allow for optimum performance of smartphones, laptops and tablets during flight.
Passengers can make and receive calls, text, and email, connect to the internet and stream data – items that are often imperative in corporate jets.
Chris Moore, SD Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We’re seeing increasing demand for our products on narrow- and wide-body aircraft. Clients choose SD not only for the performance and reliability of our products, but also because of our ongoing technical support.
“Many passengers rely on connectivity in the air so it needs to be robust, reliable and resilient. With this suite, Airbus is assured of providing a state-of-the-art solution to these needs.”