Panasonic Avionics has announced its new NEXT inflight entertainment and communications (IFEC) platform, which will power its systems from 2020 on.
The company says the NEXT platform is designed to help airlines overcome challenges by transforming typically rigid entertainment systems into a flexible IFEC platform.
It says NEXT will be a scalable IFEC solution that combines the latest in inflight entertainment technology, connectivity services, and consumer technologies to help airlines reach their business objectives.
Panasonic says this will help airlines maximize their investment by dramatically extending the lifespan of their IFEC platform.
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It will blend the latest and future advances in consumer technology, including 4K screens, Light ID, Bluetooth, and more, backed by an intuitive interface that is simple for all passengers to use.
It will also include the company’s second-generation Ku-band global connectivity network which, when coupled with its new modem technology, will provide up to 250Mbps of connectivity to an aircraft.
It will also seamlessly integrate with the company’s companion app technology and Panasonic’s ZeroTouch service to add higher levels of passenger personalisation including previewing of content and other amenities on their flights, creation of playlists that will transfer from one aircraft to another, and even content on demand experiences.
Speaking at the launch, Jon Norris, Panasonic’s Senior Director, Corporate Sales and Marketing, said: “The NEXT IFEC solution is a business platform that has been built to respond to the trends and challenges that airlines face.
“The key words are that NEXT is digital, scalable and modular, so airlines can pick and choose what elements they want to include.”
Norris said that it will also be backwards compatible with Panasonic’s existing IFEC solutions.
Panasonic said its NEXT platform will be available for all wide-body and narrow-body airframes, including the Boeing 777X.