ICG offers onboard WiFi, telephone transceiver for any size of aircraft
International Communications Group (ICG) is extending onboard global telephone and WiFi communication capabilities to any size aircraft by introducing the single channel ICG NxtLink Series CIS 100 transceiver.
The standalone device enables connections of conventional telephone devices or legacy PABX systems via standard two-wire “Tip and Ring” circuits or a 4-wire audio. Packaged with ICG’s NxtMail server, it offers a WiFi solution as well.
“We have developed the CIS 100 as a simple, low-cost device that will give any aircraft the added safety, convenience and connectivity that owners and operators have only recently been able to acquire for their much larger, more sophisticated business and personal aircraft,” noted Jeff Saucedo, ICG’s vice-president of OEM sales. “It is a small, lightweight, flange mount design weighing only 3.5 lb, but it provides up to three telephone connections, intercom calling, call transfer, conferencing and follow-on dialling. It’s an ideal solution for smaller aircraft operators who are seeking seamless global communications without the inconvenience of no-service areas,” he explained.
Utilising the Iridium satellite network, the CIS 100 will allow users to receive inbound or place outbound calls. Additionally users are able to place calls on hold, conference, transfer, or simply perform station to station functions. It can be packaged with ICG’s NxtMail Server to provide wireless internet connectivity (WiFi), as well. Its audio level can be adjusted up to +/–20 dB of gain or attenuation per extension or through the Iridium channel, to optimise voice quality, even in a noisy environment, or to accommodate various types of handsets. It can also be ordered with credit card calling services to support charter and fractional ownership type aircraft, as well.