Monday, July 7, 2008

Panasonic Avionics Licenses iDirect's Satellite IP Router

Panasonic Avionics, the leading supplier of in-flight entertainment (IFE) and communication systems, will license iDirect's satellite IP router technology as a core component of the Panasonic eXConnect in-flight satellite transmission platform. Panasonic eXConnect provides two-way broadband connectivity for a broad range of passenger and crew applications, including Internet access as well as live video programming, telemedicine and the ability to monitor and report critical flight information in real time.

Panasonic eXConnect features significantly lighter airborne electronics equipment, an ultra-small satellite antenna, iDirect's highly efficient spread spectrum mobile waveform and Intelsat's global Ku-band broadband coverage. In addition, Panasonic eXConnect leverages iDirect's "Group Quality of Service" bandwidth management technology, which enables airlines to integrate and deliver a wide range of services beyond basic Internet access. These include live and premium in-flight entertainment services as well as voice applications, and allow airlines to capture additional pay-per-use and advertising revenues.

iDirect said its satellite IP router technology enables Panasonic to reduce the operating cost and complexity of supporting in-flight broadband connectivity and offer the service for both continental and inter-continental flights. iDirect's spread spectrum mobile waveform diffuses the transmission of satellite bandwidth while maintaining a high data rate. Through the iDirect satellite router, the eXConnect system leverages Intelsat's global fleet of 53 in-orbit satellites and on-the-ground teleport facilities. In addition, iDirect's Global Network Management System allows Panasonic to manage and track each satellite router from a single network management system, instead of using multiple systems typically required to manage a global, hybrid network. iDirect's Automatic Beam Switching feature enables the antenna to automatically transfer connectivity from one satellite to the next as an aircraft travels across satellite footprints.http://www.idirect.net