AIX: Panasonic Avionics IFC now flying on 2000+ aircraft

David Bartlett, Panasonic Avionics CTO.
David Bartlett, Panasonic Avionics CTO.

Panasonic Avionics now has its Ku-band satellite-based inflight connectivity (IFC) flying on more than 2,000 aircraft. It also completed 200 IFC line-fits in the year to 31 March 2018.

That was the message at AIX Hamburg from David Bartlett, Panasonic Avionics’ new Chief Technology Officer, who recently joined the company.

He said the global rollout of its High Throughput Satellite (HTS) connectivity is now complete and it has the first Extreme Throughput Satellite (XTS) in operation with APSTAR-6D.

“Our new Customer Performance Center is also driving enhanced network performance, reducing outage times and offering faster response and resolution times,” Bartlett said.

“The Center also provides other value-added services, including traffic-shaping tools, live monitoring and experience management.”

Bartlett said he had joined Panasonic Avionics to “drive all things digital”. He said he was previously with GE, working on digitising cockpit avionics and engine operations.

“That gave me a lot of confidence in what we can do – deep down I’m a software guy and love to do system-level thinking. I feel like I’m on mission – the number of people flying is doubling, so we have such an opportunity to improve their experience,” Bartlett said.

Bartlett also announced that Panasonic Avionics is setting up a new office in Silicon Valley, and has selected Amazon Web Services (AWS) to help deliver data analytics and insights from Panasonic’s NEXT inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) platform.

He said the new Silicon Valley operation will house a team focused on delivering internet of things (IoT), cloud and data analytics for NEXT, whilst also managing operations-focused data, such as maintenance and the health monitoring of aircraft IFEC systems.

Bartlett said Panasonic will be able to provide airlines with crucial data analytics capabilities, leveraging its “Avionics Specific Data Lake”. He said this will enable the power of advanced machine learning and deep-learning algorithms to provide airlines with near real-time insights into their connected passengers and operations,” he said.

“The establishment of our Silicon Valley operation represents a major step forward in the cloud and data-based solutions we are able to offer our airline partners.

“The convergence of enabling technologies has set the stage for transformational data analytics, giving Panasonic the ability to provide airlines with invaluable passenger and operational insights, which in turn allows them to build brand loyalty and increase efficiency.”

“With the Data Lake, coupled with the team of analysts in Silicon Valley, the sky is the limit,” added Bartlett.

He said Panasonic is also opening a number of innovation centres around the world to work with airlines.

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