Alto Aviation Unveils New Cabin Control System

 - September 24, 2020, 10:21 AM
Alto Aviation’s new system master controller acts as a universal bus translator, allowing connectivity between existing Alto cabin electronics and those from other manufacturers. (Photo: Alto Aviation)

Alto Aviation has expanded its line of cabin audio and entertainment systems for business aircraft by introducing the SM-1070 system master controller yesterday at the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) East Connect Conference in Naples, Florida. The new module links together cabin management system (CMS) components with various communication protocols and allows wireless remote control of components, via touchscreens and/or iOS or Android personal electronic devices, using an existing onboard Wi-Fi or LAN.

Devices supported include: Alto’s Forte amplifiers; Acapella speaker and headphone amplifiers; relay, temperature, and cabin call controllers, as well as Rosen Blu-ray players; Innovative Advantage AVDS node; infrared remote controls; and digital devices using Alto’s Cadence keypads. It connects to these devices via RS-485/RS-422, RS-232, Ethernet, controller area network, infrared control, and/or Arinc-429.

"Alto’s new system master controller will play an integral part in our CMS offering moving forward as a serial gateway to Alto and non-Alto controlled devices," said Alto v-p of sales and marketing Kevin Hayes. "Also, this system master controller allows PED wireless control and touchscreen options to our Cadence cabin management system, enhancing the available offerings to our customers.”