EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Android forms basis of Thales IFEC

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Last week Thales took home the Avion Award for Best Achievement in Technology and for good reason – the in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) manufacturer is doing some serious innovating inside the aircraft cabin.

For example, the company plans to be the first in the world to bring Android to IFEC. Specifically, Thales will launch a new touch passenger media unit (TouchPMU) that is designed to act as a stand-alone media access device as well as a controller for Thales’ TopSeries i8000 IFEC system and its new, as-yet-unnamed fourth generation IFEC system (Thales had hoped to have the name ready for release at the APEX conference and exhibition).

News of Thales’ Android exploits broke shortly after Panasonic revealed it is eyeing Android for its next IFEC system.

Three, two, one…let the race begin!

(Photo above taken from the flashy new APEX newsletter, formally known as WIN. I’m glad my blue dress didn’t totally blend into the background on stage!)

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9 Responses to EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Android forms basis of Thales IFEC

  1. Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA) September 21, 2010 at 5:01 pm #

    That’s Google spreading Android much further than Nokia has attempted with Symbian. Those systems will be super entertaining.

  2. MJ September 22, 2010 at 1:22 am #

    In response to Anne, the TPMU is far more capable than the PAC Karma handset, it has more processing power, more onboard storage, a larger screen and is (IMHO) aesthetically far more pleasing.

    Thales copying PAC or PAC copying thales with respect to product development is not a valid point, the market, available technology and customer requirements drive the product forward.
    What is offerable commercially on the ground can/will sooner or later be offerable in the air, it just takes time (and a lot of money) to develop and certify and a customer to want it.

    Either of the IFEC vendors could be accused of copying Apple/Google with respect to the handsets, they could equally be accused of copying John Logie Baird in their development of screens!

    BTW Red, The video quality was shocking and your cat looks like she’s eaten one or two too many birdies!

  3. ikxta September 22, 2010 at 1:37 am #

    Technology is taking all of us far more we can imagine like this: http://bit.ly/c6wMvF

  4. Mary Kirby September 22, 2010 at 2:44 am #

    Well now, if someone would give me a decent camera, I’d be on my way. Until then, I’ve got the $300 out-of-pocket model from Sears to deal with. Nice to see you back, MJ. Or perhaps you never left? :)

  5. DocF September 23, 2010 at 12:42 pm #

    I will be interesting to see how a system like this handles the security aspects. While the FAA certification ensures that the IFE will be blocked from flight saftey critical systems (thank you 787) FAA doesn’t certify functionality of IFE, just flight safety. With all these systems running off an OS that people have regular access to on the ground, with time to develop hacks, I can see someone on an aircraft trying to hack the IFE to access people’s credit card data when they buy movies or other stuff on a flight, or recording what people are searching for on internet. Hopefully the IFE companies are not relying on the Information Assurance requirements the FAA certification program requires, and are actively developing an industry-wide IA standard.

  6. Dave September 23, 2010 at 11:13 pm #

    Totally off-topic…

    I had to LOL at the other pic of this gathering on your photostream (Recent Assets) called size.jpg. The guy is up on a soapbox to be roughly your height. So…Mary, how tall are you? Mary, you are just ridiculously hot. :-)

  7. Cecily High Heels October 7, 2010 at 5:53 am #

    It rules as a go to device when you need to get access to something right this second.

  8. Tai Korbin December 13, 2010 at 12:20 pm #

    Google Android presently has over 300,000 phones activated every day. Not sure that anyone is going to be a heavy threat to them anytime in the near future.

  9. Anne Irvine April 8, 2013 at 4:18 am #

    Isn\’t this Thaels handset just a copy of the Karma product made by Panasonic Avionics? I also see that Thaels copied the Panasonic Fusion monitor.