Rockwell Collins introduces higher bandwidth messaging

Air Asiana Airbus A350XWB. Image: Airbus.
Air Asiana Airbus A350XWB. Image: Airbus.

Rockwell Collins has introduced a new, higher-bandwidth, cost-efficient messaging service to help airlines effectively manage larger data transmissions from the new Airbus A350 XWB aircraft to ground systems.

The ARINC GLOBALink A350 Media Independent Aircraft Messaging (MIAM) service will launch on Asiana Airlines this month.

The service enables airlines to efficiently send large Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) and Internet Protocol (IP) MIAM messages over all available A350 communications paths.

Michael DiGeorge, Vice President, Commercial Aviation and Network Services at Rockwell Collins, said: “Next-generation aircraft like the Airbus A350 are transmitting significantly more data to the ground.

This new data, including electronic flight bag, maintenance and aircraft health information, is providing tremendous operational benefits.

Our service allows airlines to cost-effectively take advantage of this new protocol, allowing avionics systems to more efficiently exchange larger messages than has been possible in the past.”

Seok Nam Goh, CIO at Asiana Airlines, said: “This service allows us to continue relying on ACARS, while taking advantage of higher-bandwidth IP communications on our A350 fleet.

As the industry continues to move toward smart aircraft, this service enables us to cost-effectively manage this transition.”

The Rockwell Collins GLOBALink A350 MIAM service seamlessly converts ACARS MIAM messages to any protocol, allowing interoperability with airline, aircraft and engine manufacturers’ ACARS host and end-systems without requiring any modifications.

Using the service, airlines can send IP MIAM data over the cellular, Wi-Fi and broadband SATCOM providers of their choice and reach their intended destination.

The GLOBALink service converts A350 IP data to any ground protocol or message format, allowing interoperability with any existing host and end system thereby saving airlines potentially significant investments in new additional ground systems.

Our position as a major contributor of communications and information management systems on the A350 aircraft, combined with our highly advanced global aviation network serving thousands of users, enables Rockwell Collins to uniquely address each communication domain including aircraft, air-to-ground and ground-to-ground,” continued DiGeorge.

“As new IP enabled aircraft are entered into service, this new capability will ensure communications interoperability across an airline’s entire fleet.”

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