InTheAirNet Unveils New Low-Cost IFE Distribution System For Passenger PEDs

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The new ITAN ARM platform is an alternative to wireless distribution that offers the lowest-cost connection for passengers' PEDs, including entertainment and communication preferences.

InTheAirNet (ITAN) today announced the industry's first completely integrated platform for hosting passenger PEDs on an airliner. This new product – the ITAN ARM – means passengers will now be able to recharge their devices, connect with the Internet, and enjoy on-board stored content, such as movies, games and passenger map, with a single USB plug-in located in the armrest.

Demonstrations will be available during the Seattle APEX event at ITAN's exhibit from September 13-15.

This platform is now possible due to the ITAN patent-applied-for passenger Android architecture product that enables the use of many of the existing Android Apps while also creating the opportunity for custom airline-specific applications. This advanced Android system architecture connects with a variety of passenger devices, including iPads, iPhones, laptops and, of course, Android devices.

The system achieves lower cost by eliminating seat boxes and seatback displays, instead offering the passenger a plug-in PCU with choices of either on-board audio selections with attendant call/light buttons or stored media. It also eliminates the need for a separate passenger power outlet, as well as the need for multiple WAPs to balance and blend in the cabin for optimal bandwidth.

ITAN's chairman, Michael Rogerson, noted that “The new ITAN Android devices demonstrate the company's focus to promote our 'Personalized Technology' approach for the passenger to use their everyday devices and preferred content in the airline cabin. Now, with the ITAN ARM, passengers can stay in touch with emails, recharge their devices, and enjoy stored on-board media content with just a single plug-in.”

Airlines trying to limit their costs while giving their passengers a fuller IFE experience can especially benefit in the future with the ITAN ARM. The system is modular, allowing growth to embedded displays, connection to different broadband sources, or the adding of a passenger map.

InTheAirNet is a global supplier of IFE cabin distribution systems, developed through innovation, for passenger and business/VIP aircraft with advanced electronics, unique software applications, and leading system solutions. ITAN is part of the Rogerson group of companies that do business in 104 countries with airlines, governments, and a wide range of operators of new and existing fleets. Rogerson products include flight-deck avionics, cabin systems, broadcast TV and satellite imagery maps.

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