Kontron Australia has announced their partnership with Lufthansa Systems in becoming a supplier for their BoardConnect, the wireless onboard in-flight entertainment solution. BoardConnect solution provides a full wireless audio/video on-demand system, which allows airlines to interact with passengers.
Kontron will supply their ACE Flight 600 airborne video server and Cab-n-Connect cabin wireless access point with integrated Wi-Fi antenna. Kontron will also provide a wireless Inseat Display, which can used for airline carriers as well.
The partnership will allow Lufthansa Systems to utilise Kontron’s expertise in order to address the many challenges in manufacturing a wireless-in-the-sky, which requires experience in wireless networking, radio transmission and hardware design for rugged airborne operations.
“The airborne equipment that Kontron will deliver to Lufthansa Systems leverages our years of successful avionics and rugged system integration experience,” says Andy Mason, Business Unit Manager, Mil Aero Products Group at Kontron.
“With recent advances in processor, storage and wireless technology, Kontron is able to supply components to Lufthansa Systems that result in impressive system-level performance with significant cost and weight reductions for airline customers. Kontron is also able to meet Lufthansa Systems’ time-to-market and total cost of ownership goals.”
Lufthansa Systems’ BoardConnect provides passengers the ability to access information and entertainment with their own Wi-Fi enabled personal electronic devices, or through Kontron’s Inseat Display Unit, which features USB, analog video and touchscreen.
“For too long, on-board infotainment has been a closed system, separate from all the other passenger services. BoardConnect changes the passenger experience by integrating everything that touches on entertainment and information into a wireless infotainment platform,” says Dr. Joerg Liebe, CIO of Lufthansa Systems.
“With the Kontron equipment, we are able to offer BoardConnect with a high-quality, low implementation cost that promises a virtually immediate return on investment.”