Inmarsat’s I-4 mobile broadband satellite constellation is finished and the first SwiftBroadband customers are enjoying data access at speeds faster and for lower cost than the previous generation of Swift64 service, so one would think the London-based company would have little information to share at its annual aeronautical conference, held last month in Vancouver.
Satcom equipment maker International Communications Group said it has developed an interface allowing its NxtMail e-mail server to connect through Cobham’s SDU-7300 Swift64 and SDU-7320 SwiftBroadband satcom systems. The setup makes it possible to connect up to eight Wi-Fi devices simultaneously for sending and receiving e-mail in flight.
Guardian Trax Mobile, a mobile phone and PDA-based application for receiving position data from aircraft with Guardian Skytrax flight-following devices aboard, is the centerpiece of Guardian Mobility’s Heli-Expo’09 booth (No. 3181). Trax Mobile, being introduced this week in Anaheim, enables anyone anywhere with cellular or Wi-Fi connectivity to locate and track their aircraft.
OnAir has signed its first executive contract and will provide its Mobile OnAir package for installation in an Airbus A319 owned by a Middle East customer. Using GPRS and GMS networks, the service will provide full voice and data connectivity, allowing in-flight use of BlackBerry-type devices and personal cellphones.
Honeywell has launched its redesigned Ovation Select cabin management system, a package that “seamlessly integrates entertainment and connectivity technology through a simple and intuitive passenger interface.”
The user interface was designed to allow the passenger to stay “connected,” whether it is via BlackBerry, laptop, MP3 player, video-capable iPod, XM Radio or watching a movie from the high-definition Blu-ray DVD player.
International Communications Group (ICG) last month announced that its NxtMail Over Iridium global e-mail services will now be available to users of Wi-Fi-enabled BlackBerry smartphones and Apple’s iPhone. To support the services, ICG has introduced an Iridium satcom server capable of providing the wireless link enabling BlackBerry and iPhone users simply to walk onto the airplane and start sending and receiving e-mail.
Aircell is introducing two pricing plans for its air-to-ground broadband Internet service. The first, for those who seek e-mail and “light” Internet access using a BlackBerry or other Wi-Fi-enabled PDA, will cost $895 a month for an always-available link. Faster Internet access, at download speeds averaging approximately two megabits per second, will cost $1,995 per month.
International Communications Group (ICG) announced that its NxtMail Over Iridium global e-mail services are now available to users of Wi-Fi-enabled BlackBerry smartphones and Apple’s iPhone. To support the services, ICG has introduced a global Iridium satcom server capable of providing a wireless link that will enable BlackBerry and iPhone users to simply walk onto the airplane and start sending and receiving e-mail.
Honeywell said here at EBACE that an in-flight messaging service for Wi-Fi-compatible BlackBerrys it launched recently is now available as part of its OneLink cabin service. The offering can configure Inmarsat Swift64 and SwiftBroadband satcom and router equipment to enable e-mail messaging in flight. The system can be configured for general access by all passengers or for secure access by designated passengers.
The race is on for market share in a communication system that will allow the in-flight use of personal cellphones and personal digital assistants (PDAs), such as the BlackBerry. Denmark’s Satcom1 considers itself very much among the front-runners in this contest.