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VT Miltope and TriaGnoSys form cabin networks team

19th September 2008 - 12:09 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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US CABIN equipment specialist VT Miltope and Munich-based communications technology provider TriaGnoSys have teamed to develop a new range of all-purpose cabin networks for airliners.

Applications are expected to include broadband Internet access for both crew and passengers, voice services, transmission of non-flight-critical information such as cabin inventory reports, and management of the inflight entertainment system.

“This collaboration makes total sense,” says VT Miltope vice-president Robert Guidetti. “At VT Miltope we have a complete portfolio of aircraft network products. TriaGnoSys has the most efficient satcoms software available, and can provide in-cabin communications control and the relevant access technology.”

TriaGnoSys managing director Axel Jahn says that the partners are aiming to produce the next generation of cabin networks. “We are providing totally flexible cabin network design,” he says. “The wide range of potential applications gives airlines and their passengers a large number of choices.” 

The companies say they are in discussions with a mobile phone service provider as well as airlines and airframe manufacturers. They expect their early customers to include airlines looking to offer Internet connectivity to their passengers. In the past VT Miltope’s name has been linked with that of mobile phone operator T-Mobile in relation to a proposed Ku-band satellite-based passenger connectivity service.

Other recent TriaGnoSys developments include the software to operate the Inmarsat satellite link underlying the OnAir onboard mobile phone service, and a voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) capability for the inflight broadband connectivity solution developed by Thales for the business jet market.

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