Kontron has announced a strategic partnership with Carlisle Interconnect Technologies to provide turnkey cabin WiFi system hardware solutions, aircraft installation kits and Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) to the rapidly-growing inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) market.
Kontron and CarlisleIT have been collaborating for some time, and say the partnership agreement that has now been signed enables the two companies to work together more closely to offer a unified solution to global customers.
This “One Stop Shop” approach makes it easy for a variety of customer profiles to launch and deploy inflight systems for wireless IFE, connectivity, retail, aircraft operations and other applications.
They say target customers include not only airlines, but also system integrators, connectivity service providers and software media companies.
Kontron and CarlisleIT already have an approved STC for cabin WiFi system installation on the Airbus A320 family of aircraft, and STC approval for Boeing 737 is anticipated by mid-2018.
The Kontron/CarlisleIT business model is to offer use of the cabin WiFi installation design and STC to customers at no charge, minimising both time to deployment and up-front investment costs.
The integrated WiFi system solution consists of industry-leading Kontron ACE Flight server and several Cab-n-Connect wireless access points. Kontron provides an application-ready solution with an integrated software package, including the Linux OS, drivers, libraries and APIs needed to control and operate the system.
Test software is provided with the system to validate all functions once installed on the aircraft. The company also optionally offers its AirDefense WiFi security software and extended service contracts.
CarlisleIT provides the aircraft installation design, engineering/certification services and is the manufacturer of aircraft installation kits for the A320 and B737. CarlisleIT is also experienced in SATCOM connectivity installation designs.
“The Kontron/CarlisleIT partnership is already well established and is gaining significant traction in the IFE&C market, especially in Europe and Asia,” said Andy Mason, Vice President Technology at Kontron America.
“CarlisleIT is an excellent partner for us and brings an ideal set of complementary capabilities to the table.”
“Our partnership with Kontron is very important as it strengthens our ability in providing turn-key solutions to a market that is demanding quality and reliability in a compressed timeframe,” said Gordon Smart, Director of Sales, IFE & Connectivity for CarlisleIT.
The company is showcasing the new ACE Flight 1600 Gateway Router and company’s complete product line for the commercial aviation market on its stand.