The AACU chassis further expands our reach into commercial aviation and firmly embeds us in the in flight connectivity and entertainment space as a key supplier to Aircell
San Diego, Calif. (PRWEB) March 3, 2008 –-
AP Labs, Inc. an industry leader in the design and manufacture of airborne computer systems, announced today that it has completed the manufacture, shipment and installation of essential components and enclosures for Aircell’s FAA- authorized inflight broadband equipment. Aircell, the leader in global airborne telecommunications for the commercial and business aviation markets, has developed a next generation broadband solution that will provide inflight Internet access to commercial airline passengers on flights across the continental United States. AP Labs is delivering Aircell Air-to-Ground Communications Units (AACU), a critical sub-system of Aircell’s overall solution.
AP Labs completed FAA certification of the AACU in the fourth quarter of 2007 and has started the production phase. American Airlines will be the first U.S. airline to offer its passengers Aircell’s mobile broadband service. The first system installation and flight tests have been completed and, in launching onboard Internet service, American plans to shortly install Aircell’s system on all its Boeing 767-200 aircraft.
The Aircell AACU provides both the Air-to-Ground (ATG) wireless link for inflight broadband access and an independent terrestrial modem to be used while the aircraft is on the ground. In addition, the AACU incorporates a GPS receiver, GigE switch and an embedded microcontroller board for housekeeping and system management functions. The AACU leverages AP Labs’ systems integration, software development and packaging expertise.
“The AACU chassis further expands our reach into commercial aviation and firmly embeds us in the in flight connectivity and entertainment space as a key supplier to Aircell,” says Andy Mason, Vice President of Product Development. “We are proud of this accomplishment and look forward to a long and successful relationship with Aircell.”
The Aircell Broadband System will enable passengers to use their own Wi-Fi enabled devices for an in flight experience that includes Internet, VPN access, email, multimedia capabilities, and extends to video on demand, games and additional entertainment choices in a fully-integrated wireless cabin over a broadband Air-to-Ground link. Because the system will use commercially-available technology and the exclusive broadband frequency with a direct Air-to-Ground link, its installation and operating costs will be the most cost effective in the industry, enabling airlines to provide the connectivity that passengers are demanding. Aircell’s network will initially cover the continental U.S. with plans to expand into Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Aircell LLC is the leader in global airborne telecommunications for the Commercial and Business Aviation markets. The winner of the FCC’s exclusive broadband frequency license in 2006, Aircell is pioneering a revolutionary new wireless broadband system for North America. Aircell Broadband System will include robust Wi-Fi hotspots that enable airline passengers to surf the Internet, use e-mail and log on to their corporate VPNs using their personal Wi-Fi equipped devices. The system will also offer airline operationalcommunications capabilities and provide a path to a wealth of future cabin services. Set for introduction in 2008, the new broadband service will also be available to business aircraft operators, offering a similar set of features. Aircell (http://www.Aircell.com) has facilities in Louisville, Colorado, and Itasca, Illinois.
Kim Hamelburg, RF | Binder Partners, for Aircell LLC.
Tel: +1 781 559 0429
Email: aircell @ rfbinder.com
About AP Labs, Inc.
AP Labs is a premier supplier of rugged enclosures, real-time and integrated system solutions for the defense, aerospace and commercial markets. AP Labs provides a single point of contact for design, test and support of complex turnkey solutions and specializes in the development and manufacture of rugged systems for embedded computer applications that require a COTS approach. Founded in 1985, AP Labs has developed a reputation for successfully providing customers with products and capabilities designed to reduce project schedule, risk and cost. AP Labs systems and enclosures are deployed on submarines, surface ships, aircraft (manned & unmanned) and ground vehicles. Headquartered in San Diego, California, the company has field offices across North America, and can be found on the web at http://www.aplabs.com.
Justine Johnson, Marketing Communications, AP Labs, 10864 Thornmint Road, San Diego, CA 92127 Tel: 858-674-2850 x105, Fax: 858-674-2869
Email: justine @ aplabs.com
Contact: Justine Johnson
Telephone: (858) 674-2850
Fax: (858) 674-2869
E-mail: justine @ aplabs.com