What do US policymakers make of UK strategic thinking in the wake of the Integrated Review, and how could subsequent events affect the transatlantic defence relationship?
Aircraft Interiors: KID-Systeme to assure A350 cabin security
Cabin systems specialist KID-Systeme announced last week that it has been selected to provide cabin surveillance equipment for the Airbus A350 family of aircraft. Based in Buxtehude near Hamburg, the company will develop and supply a cockpit door surveillance system (CDSS) and a cabin video monitoring system (CVMS).
KID-Systeme is also a leading provider of in-seat power, and is responsible for the package of aircraft equipment used to support the OnAir onboard cellphone service.
The CDSS is designed to give the pilots a clear view of anyone close to the flight-deck door, enabling them to react when entry is requested. The CVMS allows both pilots and cabin crew to view passengers. Applications will include monitoring of suspicious behaviour and of the effect of turbulence on passengers.
The two systems are based a combination of cameras and microphones, network switches and a video processing unit. They will be fully integrated into the A350’s Cabin Intercommunications Data System (CIDS), developed by Airbus to provide data recording and video system configuration tools.
The overall surveillance system will be available as a line-fit option on all A350s when the type enters commercial service in 2013.
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