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EMS, Eclipse deliver full VoIP service

 - July 15, 2010, 4:15 AM

EMS Aviation, a division of EMS Technologies (Hall 4 Stand C10c), recently completed installation of an advanced voice-over-Internet-protocol (VoIP) service in a Middle East head-of-state Airbus A320. EMS teamed with Paris-based Eclipse, an Inmarsat service provider and avionics dealer, to implement the secure, end-to-end package, which the company claims is the first of its kind on an A320.

The VoIP service employs EMS Aviation’s eNfusion avionics suite to access and manage SwiftBroadband sessions. This feature allows the system to offer passengers multiple, simultaneous VoIP telephony calls, which can reduce costs, and as a managed end-to-end service, it also offers “the highest possible level of telephony security,” the company said.

“Eclipse developed this application of VoIP in 2009,” said Eclipse CEO Marc Pinault. “Our hardware and backbone software coupled with EMS Aviation’s CCU-200 networking device and HSD-440 high-speed data transceiver   make the system unique.” The system leverages both EMS Aviation and Eclipse technology in the ground infrastructure on Vizada’s ground earth station network backbone located in France. When a voice call is placed, the system automatically increases the streaming rate associated with the call, allowing more voice calls to be place simultaneously.

The head-of-state executive A320 is equipped with an eNfusion AMT-3800 high-gain antenna; HSD-440 high-speed data terminal, simultaneously supporting Inmarsat Classic Aero and SwiftBroadband services; a next-generation CCU200 communications convergence unit; and a CNX200 Network accelerator.