Lufthansa Systems has entered into a partnership with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), which will make the BoardConnect IFE solution available for use in the research facility’s cabin simulator. At the same time, specialists from both organizations will collaborate on the further development of the IFE system.
The National Research Council is currently building a brand new Cabin Comfort and Environment Research facility, designed to simulate the entire airport and aircraft environment, from check-in to cabin – including vibration, noise and IFE. NRC intends the facility to assist airlines, aircraft manufacturers and other aviation industry suppliers to investigate the passenger travel experience and develop new technologies to improve their comfort and satisfaction before, during and after the flight.
With BoardConnect, NRC will be able to offer its airline customers a proven IFE system that is already in service with international airlines. For its part, Lufthansa Systems will gain an opportunity to showcase its wireless IFE platform. Both existing and potential customers will be able to test the system live in a modern, high-quality setting.
“We plan to cooperate closely with the NRC in the future in terms of features and functionalities,” stated Norbert Müller, SVP for BoardConnect. “Like ourselves, NRC has many highly capable software developers. This partnership will enable us to benefit from each other’s expertise and experience and has the potential to greatly enhance the creative development of our BoardConnect platform in the future.”
The research center, currently under construction in Ottawa, Canada, will open its doors during the summer of 2016. BoardConnect is expected to be installed by the end of this year.