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NICEview brings HD to moving-maps

9th October 2008 - 01:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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ONE of the main themes of NBAA 2008, which ended yesterday in Orlando, was the coming of high-definition video to the cabin. While avionics giants Honeywell and Rockwell Collins trumpeted the HD credentials of their Ovation Select and Venue cabin networks, another company better known for its heavy-metal completions and support services was also showing off its electronics expertise in the form of a high-definition moving-map system.

Lufthansa Technik’s NICEview is the latest in-house-developed peripheral for the NICE Ethernet-based cabin network. NICEview is a rebranded and significantly upgraded version of the company’s AirTrack, which entered service a couple of years ago with German low-fare operator Air Berlin. “NICEview represents a major step forward compared with AirTrack, and we’re aiming it at both air transport and business/VIP aviation,” chairman August Henningsen said at the show. “A number of airlines, including some Airbus A380 operators, have already expressed interest.”

Besides HD, NICEview supplements the original AirTrack repertoire of virtual external views with worldwide 3D maps and point-of-interest information from the Google database, airport, destination and weather information presented in tickertape or banner form, and video and audio entertainment. Safety briefings, translations and geographical or geopolitical data can also be added.

“NICEview also gives customers more flexibility in terms of inserting advertisements and other customised content,” commented Henningsen. “They can program the content in simply using a USB stick - we’ve made it as easy as possible for them.”

The system management application is a flexible tool with which to configure viewing sequences and content. It supports the loading and changing of pictures, movies and audio data, safety briefings, airport information, boarding music and audio announcements. Changes can be uploaded to the onboard system not only by USB but also by wireless and wired Ethernet connections.

Lufthansa Technik’s Innovation Centre has set up a NICEview customer care and technical support centre in Hamburg. Using a system mock-up, the support team can troubleshoot specific configurations while speaking directly to the aircraft operator.

 


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