• Biman Bangladesh Airlines takes delivery of new 737—every seat equipped with new easy-to-use, easy-to-maintain, and reliable IFE

Cedar Rapids, Iowa | November 30, 2015– Rockwell Collins’ PAVES™ seat-centric in-flight entertainment (IFE) system has entered into service on a new Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 delivered to Biman Bangladesh Airlines. The company’s advanced large-screen, high-definition (HD) IFE system is featured in both business and economy classes.

“This is an exciting moment for Rockwell Collins and one that highlights the shift taking place in the IFE market,” said Greg Irmen, vice president and general manager, Information Systems for Rockwell Collins. “It is gratifying to see the unique, personal touch that Biman was able to put into the design of its PAVES system using the Rockwell Collins GUI developer kit.”

With PAVES, airlines are able to develop their own look and experience for passengers as well as efficiently manage non-DRM content via Rockwell Collins’ graphical user interface (GUI) developer kit through a web portal management tool. Further, the system features an open-software architecture to support customized and third-party applications with minimal effort.

Additionally, the PAVES seat-centric design maximizes reliability by eliminating any single point of failure. Each in-seat system is independent, so seat monitors store viewing content. Also, the system is equipped with a quick-release mechanism to replace in-seat displays in less than 60 seconds or rapidly repair broken audio pins.

“Biman Bangladesh Airlines is pleased by the installation of Rockwell Collins’ new and innovative PAVES seat-centric IFE system on our new 737 aircraft,” said Mr. A.M. Mosaddique Ahmed, director, Customer Services, Managing Director & CEO (acting) for Biman Bangladesh Airlines. “Their excellent global service and quality of cabin products meets the same reliability and quality we see in their flight deck avionics. Our passengers will be pleased to use this advanced IFE system with intuitive interface and we look forward to it bringing value to Biman Bangladesh Airlines.”

The next PAVES seat-centric IFE system will be delivered on a Biman Bangladesh Airlines aircraft in December.

Rockwell Collins’ complete portfolio of PAVES IFE and connectivity solutions meets the passenger engagement needs of any airline, including seat-centric, broadcast and wireless IFE, broadband connectivity, moving map and passenger services systems—all from one company.

APEX Expo, Portland, Oregon | September 29, 2015– Zodiac Inflight Innovations’ RAVE™ technology has now been installed on 300 aircraft.

“It is only just over a year ago since we celebrated our 100th installation so this news shows how rapidly we’re progressing,” said Matt Smith, CEO of Zodiac Inflight Innovations. “This is a very important milestone both for Zodiac Inflight Innovations and for the airline industry as a whole. The IFEC world has been dominated by two suppliers for too long, resulting in airlines not having the choice they deserve and limiting passengers’ access to the very best technology.”

RAVE™ has four elements, RAVE™ Centric, RAVE™ Wireless, RAVE™ Cellular and RAVE™ Broadband, which together make up the entire IFEC offering that any airline needs. It is modular, so each airline can select the elements that suit it best and airlines can even provide different elements for economy and premium cabins. All the products are available in one integrated package or as standalone products. Whatever the airline wants from its IFEC, Zodiac Inflight Innovations has a flexible solution to meet its needs.

“Everything Zodiac Inflight Innovations does is based around the principles of RAVE™: the technology is reliable, affordable and very easy,” continued Smith. “The RAVE concept applies as much to simplicity of use for the passenger as it does to the airline’s purchasing, marketing and maintenance teams.”

RAVE™ Centric IFE is the very best in-seat IFE.

RAVE™ Wireless uses wireless access points (WAP) to create an onboard wireless network for the distribution of films, TV, music and moving maps to passengers’ own PEDs, including smartphones, tablets and laptops.

RAVE™ Cellular is Zodiac Inflight Innovations’ inflight mobile phone product.

RAVE™ Broadband is inflight Wi-Fi and connectivity off the aircraft.

Utah | April 15, 2015– Always seeking ways to improve the passengers’ experience, a new feature of digEcor’s crew connectivity application “Engage” and inflight entertainment system “Glide” is set to shake up the way content is presented and accessed at each customer seat, individualising the inflight entertainment customer experience.

By merging the functionality of digEcor’s seat-centric Glide system and its Engage crew connectivity application, recognition of the individual customer’s entertainment preferences will be used to customise the IFE GUI based on the historic usage information of the customer, across all audio, movie, short feature and games hosted content.

“It’s an exciting new interaction between our products, which delivers first-class service to every customer,” said digEcor CEO David Withers.

“There’s no need to make your customers surf through fixed and inflexible inflight entertainment menus until they find something they want to view,” he said. “We have the technology now and it is available to our Engage and Glide customers today.”

digEcor’s personalised inflight entertainment service works by capturing information about the customers past viewing choices and linking with the airline held CRM data which in turn is used to customise the GUI to present the most watched content in advance of other options.

digEcor is an established and trusted industry partner that fully supports the design, implementation and operational requirements of its ‘IFE – Integrated Flight Experience’ solution by providing end-to-end expert advice and 24-hour-a-day technical support.

Joins Lufthansa, airberlin, and others as momentum for seat-centric IFE builds at APEX

Seattle, WA | September 13, 2011 —At the opening of the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) Conference today in Seattle, the adoption of “seat-centric” IFE continues to increase as Southern California-based The IMS Company announced this morning that Air Tahiti Nui has chosen its RAVE™ inflight entertainment system for its fleet of four A340 aircraft.

The order increases The IMS Company’s RAVE™ backlog to more than 65 aircraft, a number that more than doubles should all of the airline options for the system be exercised. Six other airlines opting for RAVE™ include airberlin, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines and SriLankan Airlines, with additional announcements expected during the Conference.
Every seat in the two-class configuration of Air Tahiti Nui’s A340s will have a RAVE™ screen, according to Harry Gray, vice president sales and marketing at The IMS Company said. The airline will use 12-inch high definition touch screen displays in Business Class and 9-inch high definition touch screen displays in Economy.

“As a leisure airline, Air Tahiti Nui is happy to finally step into the AVOD world and to share with its customers the best of what today’s inflight entertainment systems have to offer,” said Nick Panza, vice president sales and marketing, USA, for Air Tahiti Nui. “After a thorough study, the IMS RAVE system proved to be the best solution for us to provide a wider range of inflight entertainment options to travelers while significantly reducing our maintenance costs and the weight carried on board. The renovation of our fleet is an important step to ensure the competitiveness of our product. Air Tahiti Nui will be proud to present soon its new bi-class cabins offering 32 business lie-flat seats and 264 ergonomic coach seats. The typical Polynesian look and feel of our airline combined with the possibilities offered by RAVE will enhance the exclusive Tahitian hospitality that only Air Tahiti Nui can offer to make long-haul flights to Tahiti become a truly enjoyable part of the trip.”
RAVE™ is a new concept in inflight entertainment that improves upon traditional inflight entertainment systems by leveraging the best attributes of traditional AVOD systems with the characteristics of portable-player IFE. The concept is gaining considerable traction in the inflight entertainment industry.

The seat-centric inflight entertainment system differs from traditional “server-centric” systems in that each seatback display unit (SDU) contains all of the content, applications and playback functionality to provide the passenger with audio and video on demand—just like portable solutions. Unlike the server-centric model, which stores content in large disk arrays, RAVE stores content locally at each SDU. In this innovative system architecture, the unit in the seat does not depend on large, complex networks and media servers to stream content. Any anomaly on a server-centric network can cause the entire inflight entertainment system to fail, or at least some number of seats in a zone served by a variety of distribution boxes. But RAVE’s autonomous SDUs avoid the “single point of failure” scenario.

In RAVE’s architecture the system control unit (SCU) provides the interface to the aircraft Passenger Service System. It performs bulk content loads in the background while the current content is played back to the passenger. The SCU also distributes video in real-time such as safety videos and boarding music via the fault tolerant gigabit Ethernet cabin network. But the locally-stored content at each seat is never subject to network failure.

The simplified network eliminates seat-boxes and provides slim, light-weight, low-power seat displays. The system is lighter and more reliable than traditional inflight entertainment systems and costs far less.

The high-definition display SDUs with touch screens are fully interchangeable and easily replaced by a flight attendant in the event of service failure with no impact on any other seat. The SDU storage is solid state and the capacity is defined by each airline to fit its content strategy. The SDUs are easily upgradeable—up to 4 Terabytes—to meet the needs of each airline as its content requirements expand. The SCU has up to 12 Terabytes of storage capacity.

RAVE™ gives The IMS Company an opportunity to apply more than 15 years’ experience providing IFE expertise to others by way of engineering services support to its own fully certified AVOD product with a system architecture that reflects its positive experience as the industry leader in portable media solutions.