I've got to give a shout out to Thales, which intends to introduce the next generation of its TopSeries in-flight entertainment (IFE) platform in the second quarter. Korean Air is among the carriers that have agreed to adopt the system. You can read my full piece here.
"From a media point of view, the architecture is becoming much more web-like in its implementation and that creates huge opportunities for my team to be innovative. Additionally, the server has a lot more horsepower, and can hold nearly a terabyte of storage. And the screens have much faster processing ability. They are essentially like mini-laptops."
A terabyte of storage? Seat-back systems that are like mini-laptops? Lovely stuff. We'll have more from Dunleavy later. Oh, okay, here's a taste.
Thales continues to champion the SwiftBroadband aeronautical service (it is integrating OnAir's email service into its latest IFE system for a customer). However, the firm assures it is keeping its eye on the KU-band space thanks to its network of solutions in that arena (it owns Thales Alenia Space, a leader in Ku-band satellite systems).
Additionally, Thales has "had communications with air-to-ground [providers] in the USA", says Dunleavy. "As commercial models mature, we can use any communications platform as necessary."