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The in-flight entertainment and
communications (IFEC) industry is
busier than ever with new systems under
development and entering service ready to
meet passengers and airlines entertainment needs.
Over the last couple of years the industry has
gone from pretty much a two- or three-horse race
to a point where it s hard to keep track of the
number of entrants. New seat-centric systems are
making installed IFEC viable for more operators,
while wireless and hybrid system developments
are delivering more possibilities as passengers
increasingly bring their own entertainment onboard.
Lumexis was one of the first new-generation players
to enter the market with a smaller, lighter, seat-centric
system in the form of its Fiber-to-the-Screen (FTTS)
system. The system entered service with Dubai-based
low-cost carrier flydubai on its Boeing 737-800s in
late 2010 and has also been installed on Transaero s
Boeing 747-400s and 777-300s.
Unlike earlier generation IFE systems, the FTTS uses
light pulses in fibre optic strands to carry the audio
and video streams from the server to the passenger
seat display screens rather than copper wiring. Like
traditional IFE systems, the FTTS can support movies,
video programming, audio, games, moving map,
destination information, news and shopping, but it
doesn t come with the weight and power consumption
of earlier systems. The FTTS is 50 per cent lighter than
legacy copper wire-based systems.
Lumexis has followed up FTTS with the launch of
WiPAX -- Wireless to the Passenger -- as the wi-fi-
based addition to the FTTS or standalone system.
The system, which was on display at the recent
Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, streams wireless
content to passenger devices and is compatible
with any connectivity system. Lumexis already has
an undisclosed launch customer for the system, with
the first certification expected around the middle of
The in- ight entertainment industry has entered its next stage of development, with a new breed of system
manufacturers expanding the boundaries with new wireless and hybrid systems. Emma Kelly looks at what's
on o er.
"Today's tech-savvy passengers expect
and deserve a better onboard experience"
Bill Boyer, CEO, Skycast Solutions
Flydubai was the launch customer for Lumexis' FTTS.
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