APEX Expo news: Kontron secures IFEC deal with European airline


IoT and embedded computing technology (ECT) provider, Kontron today announced that it has signed a contract to supply integrated IFEC equipment to an undisclosed “major European airline” that specialises in leisure and charter travel. The initial phase of this fleet-wide deployment calls for systems to be installed on the airlines’ fleet of more than 100 Boeing aircraft in time for the company’s busy 2020 spring and summer schedule.

Kontron is providing flight hardware for open-architecture IFE and IFEC systems, including the company’s ACE Flight 4608 high-performance avionics server, Cab-n-Connect A100 cabin wireless access point (CWAP) and ACE Flight removable storage drives (RSSDs), following a successful proof-of-concept that took place earlier in 2019. The systems are intended to give the airline the platforms necessary to deliver wireless IFE and streaming video-on-demand, TV, games and additional entertainment choices, with the ability to add additional services and applications.

Kontron sees potential to secure similar customers in the future. “We anticipate fast growth for this leisure market segment across EMEA, which includes large aircraft fleets that are not yet wi-fi or connectivity-enabled,” said Andy Mason, general manager of global avionics at Kontron America.

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