TrueNorth Avionics has introduced a more compact Wi-Fi cabin-networking device, dubbed TrueNorth Express+, that “easily, effectively, securely and affordably” manages all wireless cabin communications. Using a built-in Ethernet-to-Wi-Fi link, TrueNorth Express interfaces with all FCC-approved airborne wireless devices, from handsets, intercoms and smartphones to in-flight entertainment devices such as DVD players, music players and game consoles. Amac Aerospace in Basel, Switzerland, is performing the first installation, on an executive Boeing 777.
TrueNorth has also introduced HD Voice, a high-definition enhancement of its Simphonē OpenCabin. The Canadian company claims “a significant quality improvement over other phone systems on calls made via the Inmarsat SwiftBroadband and Swift64 Satcom links. Airbus Corporate Jet Centre in Toulouse, France is the launch customer on its ACJ line of business jets, to be followed by installation in a Boeing 777 by Amac.
TrueNorth is also gaining entree into the helicopter industry with FAA approval of its Simphonē OpenCabin telecom system in the AgustaWestland AW139. The system incorporates such capabilities as Iridium Satcom voice, BlackBerry and PDA data-over-Wi-Fi and cabin/cockpit intercom via True North’s network audio interface unit. The first helicopter installation was by Air Concepts International of Teterboro, N.J.