Kontron, a global market leader for embedded computing technology (ECT), today announced that in-flight digital solutions provider Immfly has successfully qualified Kontron’s advanced airborne server and cabin wireless access point (CWAP) for its wireless in-flight monetization solution on Iberia Express Airlines.
The onboard e-commerce and entertainment platform was successfully tested on half the fleet in 2015 enabling Iberia Express passengers to experience the system as part of regular service. Immfly received Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) airworthiness approvals for the A-320 family within a year of their start date due to Kontron’s open architecture-based platforms.
Outfitting the remainder of Iberia Express’ fleet with Immfly’s highly integrated digital platform is expected to be complete before summer 2016.
The Kontron solution provided consists of the complete set of hardware products necessary to implement the Wi-Fi network onboard the aircraft, and supports Immfly’s unique application software that aims to increase airlines customer loyalty by boosting Net Promoter Scores and delivering new ancillary revenues.
Kontron products included the company’s ACE Flight 600 airborne server and Cab-n-Connect™ 802.11n Wireless Access Point (CWAP). The two companies continue to work together to enhance the Wi-Fi system with Kontron’s latest Cab-n-Connect A100 that supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi and the ACE Flight 4600 with 4G LTE capabilities for enhanced ground connectivity. Kontron will demonstrate these products at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2016 held in Hamburg, Germany April 5 – 7, 2016 in the Kontron Booth#D40, Hall B2. Immfly will also attend the event and present a keynote at the Passenger Experience Conference on April 4.
“At Immfly, we set out to develop a digital onboard platform to improve the way people travel allowing them to connect simultaneously through their handheld devices and enjoy tailored news, streaming of videos, travel guides, e-shopping, among other services. The success of our proven deployment represents a significant growth opportunity for Immfly, with an aim to reach 100 million connected passengers by 2018.” said Alfredo Ibanez, CTO at Immfly. “Continuing to collaborate with Kontron will enable us to expand this vision to reach beyond the more than 230,000 passengers who have already enjoyed the Immfly platform during their flights.”
“Supporting Immfly in meeting their deployment goals with the ability to shorten critical time to market requirements is one of the main reasons why Kontron’s complete line of open architecture system solutions has been so successful in the global aviation market,” said Jim VandeSteeg, Head of Avionics Business Line at Kontron. “A key component to our strategy is partnerships with innovative companies such as Immfly. Kontron’s value add is providing pre-validated hardware systems that meet continuing aviation system evolution while satisfying current requirements such as Immfly’s need to deliver local content that is unique to the Spanish market.”
Kontron is the global leader in supply of airborne servers, wireless access points and communication units to the rapidly growing In-flight Entertainment & Connectivity (IFE&C) market. There are currently
more than 3500 commercial aircraft and business jets operating worldwide with Kontron equipment on board.
Immfly has developed a platform for eCommerce, entertainment and connectivity on-board aircraft that allows all passengers to purchase last-minute activities and transport for their destination mid-flight and at a special price. The channel also offers more than 100 types of sponsored entertainment (including TV programs, newspapers and news channels) along with travel guides for the principal European destinations.
For more detailed information on Kontron’s full line of scalable open-architecture platforms specifically designed to enable In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity, please visit: http://www.kontron.com/industries/avionics
To learn about Immfly’s wireless in-flight entertainment solutions, please visit: www.immfly.com
Headquartered in Barcelona, Immfly was founded in 2013 with the support of more than 50 influential multinational partners. Immfly helps airlines successfully fulfill their digital aspirations from the company’s advanced in-flight digital solutions that increase customer loyalty by boosting Net Promoter Scores amongst passengers and helping create new ancillary revenues via platform sponsorship and e-commerce services. Immfly’s goal is to be the preferred monetization service platform for the travel industry, reaching 100 million yearly connected on-board passengers by 2018.
Kontron, a global leader in embedded computing technology and trusted advisor in IoT, provides a complete and integrated portfolio of hardware, software and services. Kontron creates many of the standards that drive the world’s embedded computing platforms, bringing to life numerous technologies and applications. The result is an accelerated time-to-market, reduced total-cost-of-ownership, product longevity and the best possible overall application with leading-edge, highest reliability embedded technology.
Kontron is a listed company. Its shares are traded in the Prime Standard segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and on other exchanges under the symbol “KBC”.
For more information, please visit: www.kontron.com
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