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The Flight Focus Cabin platform for in-flight Wi-Fi and entertainment incorporates the latest and best technologies in terms of both hardware and software.
"The Flight Focus Platform™ integrating Meru virtualized Wi-Fi technology delivers more simultaneous video streams, and at higher quality, than any other Wi-Fi IFE on the market. The deployment at Air China illustrates this clearly," said Ralf Cabos, managing director of Flight Focus. "Historically speaking, and largely, today, when more than 10 or 20 percent of passengers on a commercial airliner start trying to stream video, the experience degrades very quickly. The network just can't handle the load. This powerful solution changes all of that, scaling to a true 100 percent uptake capability with technology in production now."
"The combination of Flight Focus' open, super light and secure Cabin In-flight Wi-Fi platform, and the high-performance Meru Wi-Fi network technology has enabled us to build our own IFE. We are now able to provide richer entertainment contents to passengers, fulfill the need for cabin-wide HD video streaming, and deliver a much improved user experience," said the Air China E-project Office. "The ease of installation helps in quickly completing modifications, facilitating a wider rollout, and enabling our passengers to enjoy the service as soon as possible."
"The Meru RF virtualization has stood the test of time since we first invented and patented it," said Srinath Sarang, co-founder, vice president and general manager of the hospitality business unit at Meru Networks. "The ability to have a Wi-Fi network behave in a deterministic manner like a wired network is one of the hallmarks of the Meru Networks solution. Meru's RF virtualization delivers plug-and-play deployment and easy capacity expansion for the highest-density, most demanding and harsh environments, such as inside an aircraft. We partnered with Flight Focus to deliver this industry leading solution having built up our expertise in other in-flight and cruise ship deployments around the world."
The in-cabin wireless network integrates a dual-radio, dual-band, 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point (AP) with a 3X3:3 MIMO design. Operating over the 2.4GHz and 5 GHz bands to deliver a maximum data rate of 450 Mbps per radio, it supports streaming video, voice, and other data traffic with superior predictability and reliability.
As a result of the deployment, Air China has become the first Chinese carrier that operates flights with on-board Wi-Fi system. Air China is in the process of upgrading their entire wide body A330 fleet with the system.
About Flight Focus
Flight Focus is a certified provider of leading edge avionics platform solutions for Cockpit and Cabin, and an innovative systems integrator for aircraft connectivity (DOA/POA/MRO from CAAS & EASA). The company designs, develops, manufactures and delivers open computing and communications platform solutions, and integrates versatile 3rd-party applications to enable Connected EFB, as well as Wireless IFE & Connectivity solutions and services.
Flight Focus allows partners to benefit from state-of-the art and ready-made open platform configurations to offer best quality of service as well as enhanced performance in all environments (Android, iOS and Windows 8).
Flight Focus enables airlines to build their own EFB or IFE while reducing their costs (fuel, communications, and operations), enhancing flight safety with real-time connectivity, and creating new communication and entertainment ancillary revenues.
Leveraging its end-to-end vertical integration services from design and in-house certification to technical support and system upgrades, 100+ aircraft are already equipped with the company's proven technology and turnkey expertise.
For more information visit: www.flightfocus.net.
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