May 18, 2015 – New Zealand-based Phitek Systems has won the Endace Innovative Hi-Tech Hardware Product Award for its range of magnetic aviation audio jacks. Problems with conventional audio connectors can leave a passenger without access to IFE, and for the airline replacement costs of up to US$1,000 per jack.
Phitek’s solution was to use magnetic connection points which eliminates the need for pins, can adapt to any IFE system, airline or passenger headphones; and delivers high-quality audio.
Phitek CEO Roy Moody stated, “Our magnetic jacks have been tested for whether they are flame and water-proof, whether they continue to function at -55 degrees Celsius and up to near boiling temperatures and myriad other tests that non-aviation consumer electronic devices are not normally expected to, or could pass.”
Phitek’s magnetics jacks are sold through all major IFE companies including Panasonic, Thales, Rockwell Collins and Zodiac, driving export revenue growth of over 30% year-on-year for the past three years.