Global Eagle Entertainment has selected Kontron ACE Flight 4608 server as a key component of its next-generation Airconnect inflight connectivity system.
Starting in 2018, Global Eagle will deploy the ACE Flight 4608 for its high-speed Ku-Band services to airline customers throughout the world.
Airconnect supports delivery of internet connectivity, IPTV and wireless IFE services to passengers and crew, while the ACE Flight 4608 acts as the Server Management Unit (SMU) in the Global Eagle system.
The ACE Flight 4608 Server is the latest airborne server product offering from Kontron.
The company says its eight-core Intel Xeon processor D-1539 with 32GB RAM delivers “data centre-grade performance”.
Other server features include L3 managed Gigabit Ethernet switching, dual 4G modems with worldwide coverage, and an advanced cooling design that maximises reliability. The ACE Flight 4608 was launched in 2017 and has already been installed on more than 100 aircraft.”
Andy Mason, Vice President Technology at Kontron America, said: “Kontron has been a key supplier of Global Eagle for many years, and we recently achieved line-fit approval with them for several Kontron products on the Boeing 737 MAX.
“Our line airborne servers form the backbone of Global Eagle’s existing deployed connectivity solutions currently flying on over 700 narrow body aircraft.”
Per Norén, Global Eagle Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Our collaboration with Kontron adds best-in-class inflight connectivity and helps to remove the worry of aircraft downtime and revenue loss for retrofit installations.”