Two world class companies join OnAir team to make onboard mobile phone use a reality
Two world-class companies join OnAir’s team to make onboard mobile phone use a reality
Geneva - August 08, 2005
TriaGnoSys and Miltope will provide the software and the server
for the OnAir onboard GSM solution which will allow the safe and
effective use of mobile phones on aircraft for the first time,
it was announced today.
“The contribution of these companies will be crucial in
realising OnAir’s business objective of making mobile phone
use a reality on short- and long-haul flights for both Boeing
and Airbus aircraft,” said OnAir CEO, George Cooper.
Munich-based TriaGnoSys will deliver the key software that will
run on the airborne network server, a vital part of the onboard
GSM system; the server will be provided by the Miltope Corporation,
headquartered in Alabama. Both companies have been selected by
Airbus, which will integrate and certify the onboard solution
for the OnAir mobile telephony offer. With the recent selection
of Siemens as the pico cell manufacturer, all suppliers for the
onboard GSM system are now identified and fully engaged with Airbus.
A pre-production version of the server with the TriaGnoSys software
is expected by end 2005. Within the first half of 2006 a commercial
version of the onboard GSM system will be ready for integration
and end-to-end testing with the OnAir ground infrastructure.
Dr. Axel Jahn, Managing Director of TriaGnoSys, said, “We
bring world-beating expertise to OnAir and Airbus because of our
experience leading the EU Wireless Cabin project. Our GSM software
on the aircraft will allow fully automatic control of all GSM
services, including voice, data and SMS according to flight phases.”
Steven Rines, Miltope’s Director of European Business Development,
said, “Our server has the necessary aircraft interfaces
to work on any aircraft type, and provides the platform for accessing
the Siemens GSM cell and Miltope’s wireless LAN products.
With the Miltope server, the OnAir system has enough capacity
to allow web surfing, text messaging and phone calls by up to
200 users simultaneously.”
Miltope’s network server is housed in a standard aviation
4-MCU case (about the size of a large toaster) and provides all
the processing and storage for the OnAir system. The state-of-the-art
device is fitted with an Intel Dothan Pentium processor and complies
with the ARINC 763S3 industry standard.
OnAir CEO, George Cooper, said, “We are very pleased to
welcome these two companies into the OnAir team. Their knowledge
and engineering skills make them the best in the world at what
they do and the OnAir project will benefit enormously from their
very active participation in making our vision a reality.”
The full OnAir service portfolio will allow airline passengers
to use their personal devices, such as mobile phones, PDAs and
laptops, to communicate in a variety of ways during flights: to
make and receive phone calls, send and receive text messages,
read and send e-mails, access corporate networks, browse the Internet
or chat over the Internet.
OnAir in-seat SMS and mail services are already available on Asiana
Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, EVA Airways, Iberia, KLM,
Malaysian Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Pakistan International
Airlines, Qantas and Virgin Atlantic. OnAir is a joint venture
with SITA INC (Information Networking Computing) and Airbus.