Addvalue to design SBB terminals for real-time flight data

An Inmarsat I-4 satellite.
An Inmarsat I-4 satellite used for SBB.

Addvalue Technologies says that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Addvalue Innovation, has formalised a significant design contract with Avionica to jointly develop a new generation of Inmarsat Swift Broadband (SBB) terminals to support the growing demands for real-time flight data services for the worldwide aviation market.

Avionica announced a joint venture with GE Aviation in May 2018 to maximise the value of aircraft data usage through the combined use of more real-time and reliable data connectivity and data analytics expertise.

The development of the new generation of SBB terminals – based on the Inmarsat BGAN system – is an integral part of this new capability that the joint venture determines to bring to the global aerospace industry.

Addvalue says it has more than 15 years of proven track record in the development a wide range of communication terminals for mobile satellite systems that includes Inmarsat BGAN.

Addvalue says its deep capabilities in the development of Inmarsat BGAN terminals, including in particular the recently-developed space-qualified Inter-Satellite Data Relay System (IDRS) technologies, will provide the inimitable technological support to Avionica’s plan for the development of the new generation of SBB terminals.

Under the Contract, Addvalue will develop the main components of the satellite connectivity while Avionica will develop the avionic components of the system and be responsible for the system integration and project management for the FAA certification process.

Dr Colin Chan, Chairman and CEO of Addvalue, said: “The partnership with Avionica signifies a watershed in the history of Addvalue as it extends our business portfolio into the exciting and fast-growing aviation market.

“Apart from rendering the terminal development and production support service to Avionica, Addvalue is also able to provide the related after-sales and maintenance service support to Avionica’s clients in the region here.”

Mr Sean Reilly, Vice President of Business Development Avionica, said: “We appreciate Addvalue’s years of experience in developing SATCOM systems.

“This Partnership will provide Avionica with a high-quality, cost-effective SBB terminal to address the growing demands for real-time flight data services for the worldwide aviation market.”

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