A new communications satellite has been launched by Intelsat this week, the first of its latest EpicNG range. Intelsat 29e has been designed to provide low-cost connectivity for the North American routes for both air and sea and will eventually become part of a seven-strong satellite network.
The satellite will be used to deliver fast passenger communications onboard aircraft, as today’s demands increase for connectivity. Currently, both business and commercial aircraft are able to provide aircraft broadband at increasingly higher speeds and bandwidth, with many employing the Inmarsat satellite network, such as Rockwell Collins’ ARINCDirect, who provide passenger connectivity exclusively for business jets.
Business passengers are probably the most demanding when it comes to aircraft broadband, as they want and need to continue working onboard as effectively as they can in their ground-based office environments.
Airlines and operators today enjoy the enhanced benefits of network connectivity, reaping rewards such as increased operational efficiency, situational awareness and passenger satisfaction as processing and data transfer continues to streamline passenger processing.
However, there are still concerns in the industry over security measures, with risks increasing in terms of infiltration, or hacking, of critical airport systems infrastructure.
To ensure comprehensive security across an entire infrastructure, these challenges can be addressed with implementation of reliable network services, such as the use of a Wide Area Network (WAN). Rockwell Collins’ ARINC AviNet WAN, for example, gives airlines and operators secure access to a system that has been in operation for more than 50 years, operating seamlessly with airport systems such as the proven vMUSE platform.
vMUSE is a well-known platform, handling applications for back-office, baggage handling, passenger processing and aircraft communications.
Dealing with aviation network security challenges is an important part of airport operations to ensure aircraft and passenger safety across the globe.
Gulfstream, one of the world-leading designers and manufacturers of executive aircraft has said that the latest trend for business jet interiors is granite flooring.
While one of the most surprising additions, the sky really is the limit in aircraft design, and natural finishes have been popular for a number of years.
Clients can expect a home-from-home finish, yet not a huge weight increase on their business jets as Gulfstream use a thin, custom-made stone veneer to fit into galleys and bathrooms. The idea was launched at the NBAA show, where Gulfstream showcased its G600 jet.
Following two failed bids going back to February of 2014, Manila’s International Airport Authority has said that the final bid proposal has now been set for the beginning of March.
The CCTV system will be implemented at Ninoy Aquino International Airport and will feature state-of-the-art functionality to replace the current outdated system that has been in situ since the 1990s.
Strict deadlines must be met by potential bidders, and specifications include the facility for facial recognition and heat signature readers. The contract will also include a total of 700 cameras to be located throughout the terminals, parking areas, entry checkpoints and perimeter and ensure total coverage.
Today’s airport environment has vulnerabilities that the latest technologies can overcome. Providers of physical security systems all over the world are recognising the need to secure airports and borders using more than just simple security camera systems.
Malaysia’s Home Ministry has announced plans for the implementation of a passenger screening system based on the current U.K. and U.S. Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) to upgrade current screening procedures.
With the growing threat of terrorist attack, and the recent bombings in Jakarta that killed eight people, the country’s officials recognise the benefits of advance passenger screening to prevent known extremists from entering the country.
A system known as the Advanced Passenger Screening System (APSS) is being discussed, and rumours are circulating that it could be developed with help from Interpol.
A protest is ongoing by representatives of 15 non-commercial aviation groups against the FAA plans to privatise much of the U.S.’ air traffic control systems.
Plans by the FAA to set up an agency run outside the government have already been proposed and are expected to be debated in Congress in the first quarter of this year.
Despite claims that privatisation in Canada and Europe has proved successful, the aviation community is airing concerns over fee issues and are pleading with lawmakers to carefully assess the benefits of a new system under ‘foreign’ control.
As the quality of aircraft passenger communications increases in demand, Air France Industries has announced it will use Rockwell Collins’ PAVES passenger services systems to upgrade four Airbus A330’s for a client.
PAVES is renowned in the industry for its weight reduction and subsequent fuel savings that can amount over a year to millions of dollars. The system can also operate independently, or can integrate with other passenger communications and IFE solutions, and benefits from a cabin crew call system.
Air France Industries designed the installation and teamed up with Rockwell Collins for this cabin services solution.
Hurghada International Airport in Egypt has been visited by a UK-based aviation security team as a part of the agreement to secure Egyptian airports between the Aviation Ministry and the Control Risks Company to assess and develop recommendations and proposals.
The company will train aviation security personnel in the latest systems for enhancing border security control, following last year’s attacks on the country’s aviation industry.
The visit from the UK team is the first step in the agreement, and the proposals will arise later in the year to highlight measures that need to be strengthened. The agreement is the way forward for Egypt, whose tourist industry accounts for a large portion of the national economy.
Aviation security providers around the world are continuously improving the way security is managed in airports, using the latest technology.
Stratajet, who claim they are the ‘world’s only instant online marketplace for private aircraft’, has taken to the U.S. in a bid to break into the American market.
Launched only last year, Stratajet now have more than 500 aircraft on their books in Europe, providing real-time flight pricing for consumers and cutting out the broker system.
Travelling in the company’s Piper Chieftain, Stratajet’s CEO, Jonny Nicol will call on charter operators and FBOs across the U.S. and will participate in the NBAA Schedulers and Dispatchers conference in Florida and the Regional Forum at the end of this month.
Nicol wants to spread the word about the service, which in its first booking, saved the customer 40% on the price of a traditional broker-based reservation.
Malta’s Police Force’s Immigration Unit has completed five projects to enhance border security measures with the help of co-funding from European Border Funds.
The projects include the procurement of additional radios and biometric devices to assist in communications and comparison of passenger data with international no-fly lists. The new technology is designed to halt the passage of illegal residents, with an on-the-spot ability to screen information.
Furthermore, modernisation of the border control system has been focussed upon, with health and safety upgrades made, in addition to an upgrade of equipment.
Finally, Malta has introduced a system for the collection of Advance Passenger Information to strengthen border security. Many countries throughout the world are enhancing border control measures and providers are using the latest technological advancements to introduce stronger systems including eBorders technology.