Seamless Air Alliance, which has Airbus, Virgin Atlantic, GOL, Delta, Collins Aerospace, Safran, ST Engineering and Aeromexico among its members, has introduced the world’s only Modular Platform Architecture for inflight connectivity.
The standard – Seamless Release 1.0 – enables long-term technical flexibility for airlines, provides a secure and easy-to-access service for passengers and opens the door to seamless roaming with mobile network operators.
By using a modular structure based on open interfaces, the system enables rapid adoption of new technologies without requiring customisation or the complete replacement of equipment on the aircraft or fleet.
“Passenger demands for inflight connectivity are still ahead of the performance of systems putting increasing pressure on airlines to find a way to meet these expectations and gain passenger loyalty,” said Jack Mandala, Seamless Air Alliance CEO. “Seamless Release 1.0 changes the game by enabling airlines to take advantage of new capacity and innovations faster and more cost-effectively than ever before.”
Seamless Release 1.0 includes a comprehensive set of unique, testable, requirements for airlines to use when developing sourcing requests. In addition to saving the airline time and money to develop these requirements, standards eliminate the risk of trying to predict how future developments will impact their choice of systems.
“Meeting increasing expectations for connectivity in the skies is fast becoming a driving factor in airline preference,” said Mark Cheyney, IFEC Development Manager at Virgin Atlantic. ” Virgin Atlantic and the Seamless Air Alliance believe that standardization will allow airlines to be more empowered and more in control of their connectivity service offerings, allowing them to meet their customers’ expectations.”
The publication of the standard, which is available for any Seamless Air Alliance member to view in full, enables airlines and mobile operators to easily deploy, integrate and operate on-board networks by having a choice of different suppliers and open interfaces from where they can source modular parts, subsystems and software. This design means multi-supplier IFC systems can be built quickly to support future technology upgrades that do not require customisations.
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