A case study on how PDT, Telefonix and Gogo worked together to deliver in-flight connectivity to passengers and crew at 30,000 feet
Product Development Technologies (PDT), a product design and development consultancy, presented ‘Connectivity at 30,000 Feet, 500 Miles Per Hour’ with partner company, Telefonix, a design and manufacturing company that supplies hardware solutions to the inflight entertainment and connectivity markets, at the Back End of Innovation Conference (BEI) October 6, 2014. In this video, you’ll see the team walk through the process of developing the ACPU-2 Advanced Airborne Server for Gogo, the preeminent provider of airborne connectivity solutions enabling airline passengers to stay connected.
“It’s fascinating to see how people have grown to expect the same level of connectivity in the air as they have become accustomed to on the ground,” says Erik Moses, Director of Research and Strategy for PDT. “What many don’t understand are the challenges in delivering that experience at 30,000 feet.”
PDT and Telefonix worked closely with the Gogo team to design the ACPU-2 Advanced Airborne Server, which is a critical component in delivering content to passengers’ personal electronic devices whether flying above land or sea.
“This program had some tough challenges in terms of timing, designing for scalability and upgradability and, of course, developing a device robust enough to successfully complete the rigorous testing and certification process required before installation on any aircraft,” says Jim Costello, Chief Technology Officer for Telefonix.
The ACPU-2 includes all the original interfaces of the original ACPU, and is designed to plug & play in the same aircraft tray and with the same interface cabling as the original ACPU.
New ACPU-2 features include advanced processing capabilities offered by dual– Intel® 3rd Generation Core™ i7 quad core processors, ARINC 429, expanded Gigabit Ethernet ports supported by a Layer 2/3 Gigabit Ethernet switch, avionic discretes, onboard WiFi radio, GSM/HSPA+ Terrestrial modem, and extended onboard multi-Terabyte SSD mass storage capability.
Product Development Technologies, Inc. (PDT) is a global, full-service product development firm with over 125 employees worldwide. Team members have expertise in a wide range of product development disciplines, including strategy, design research, industrial design, user experience interface development, electrical and mechanical engineering and software development, laser scanning, and tooling. PDT’s award winning product designs have been recognized by BusinessWeek, as well as the Industrial Designers Society of America, Design Journal, The Consumer Electronics Association, Inc. Magazine, Chicago Athenaeum of Architecture & Design, and Parametric Technologies Corporation. Connect with PDT at http://www.pdt.com on Twitter at @askpdt and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/askpdt
Telefonix is a design, manufacturing and management company that is celebrating 25 years of experience in highly regulated industries this year. Telefonix was founded on the strength of its retractable cabling technology, but with over 60 patents issued to date, the company has become a leader in technology development and execution for complex mechanical and electrical assemblies.
The company has delivered aerospace technology solutions, including airborne servers, content loaders, hand held Personal Control Units (PCU), and wireless handsets to airlines and to IFE suppliers. Today, over 80% of long haul aircraft have one or more Telefonix products on board.
By understanding the complex relationship between design and lifecycle management, the company excels at delivering products today that can be supported and upgraded tomorrow. Telefonix is headquartered in Waukegan, IL and is an AS9100, ISO9000, and ISO 14000 certified manufacturer. Connect with Telefonix at www.telefonixinc.com on Twitter at @telefonixinc and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TelefonixInc
Gogo is the global leader of in-flight connectivity and wireless in-flight digital entertainment solutions. Using Gogo's exclusive products and services, passengers with Wi-Fi enabled devices can get online on more than 2,000 Gogo equipped commercial aircraft. In-flight connectivity partners include Aeromexico, American Airlines, Air Canada, AirTran Airways, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Japan Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America. In-flight entertainment partners include Aeromexico, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Japan Airlines, Scoot and US Airways. In addition to its commercial airline business, Gogo has more than 6,300 business aircraft outfitted with its communications services.
Connect with Gogo at www.gogoair.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gogo and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/gogo.