The New Telefonix PDTTM CabinACe-2TM WAP Boosts Overall Network Capacity with MU-MIMO Optimized ClientMatch®* Technology, and Adaptive Radio Management

Hamburg, DE | April 3, 2017–
(AIX Hall B2, Stand 2D70) – The Telefonix PDT team ushers in greater network performance for airline customers with the introduction of the CabinACe-2™ wireless access point (WAP), the industry’s first 802.11ac Wave 2 WAP for the aircraft cabin environment. The CabinACe-2 product provides dynamic Multi-User Multiple Input/Multiple Output (MU-MIMO), significantly boosting network capacity. The company’s new IFEC hardware is the only Wave 2, ARINC 628 compliant WAP available on the market today, making it the first to meet the industry’s latest adopted standard for electrical characteristics and interfaces, RF performance, size, weight, and power.

With airline customers demanding high bandwidth applications, for example high-definition video streaming, airline network architects are being challenged to support increasing WiFi capacity performance requirements. Additionally, the introduction of new, Wave 2 client devices, which offer higher 802.11ac performance, requires the right kind of network intelligence to take advantage of new MU-MIMO-capable mobile devices by steering and grouping them together – thus improving the efficiency of the available bandwidth. The new Telefonix PDT CabinACe-2 product is the Telefonix PDT answer to this challenge.

Leveraging Wave 2 to Support #GenMobile with High-flying Wi-Fi

Where 802.11ac, Wave 1 offered a drastic jump in network performance over 802.11n with 80 MHz channel bandwidth and support for up to 3 spatial streams, 802.11ac, Wave 2 promises to offer another leap in improvement over Wave 1. Wave 2 technology has the potential to offer double the bandwidth (to 160 MHz), support for 4 spatial streams, and features MU-MIMO, which will support the bandwidth and capacity requirements of emerging applications for years to come.

To prepare for the anticipated adoption of Wave 2 devices, the CabinACe-2 access point engine incorporates intelligent awareness technology for Wave 2, MU-MIMO clients, automatically steering and grouping MU-MIMO devices together. This ClientMatch® technology allows the unit to transmit data to multiple Wave 2 – enabled devices simultaneously, which not only improves individual device performance, but it will also boost the overall network efficiency. The result is up to 42 percent improvement in performance over other cabin wireless access point solutions without ClientMatch technology.

Availability
Telefonix PDT is proud to announce that the CabinACe-2 product is already in commercial production. DO-160G testing has been completed, along with an extensive Boeing Line Fit offerability test program. Additional STC retrofit projects for additional product configurations will begin later this year.

“This is a really exciting time at Telefonix PDT and in our industry,” says Alan Manns, Director of Business Development for Telefonix PDT. “Technology moves very quickly, both on the ground and in the air. The introduction of our CabinACe-2 product is a testament to the commitment of Telefonix PDT to remaining a technology forward provider of IFEC hardware. This commitment is one of the reasons that the company is moving towards the head of the line in terms of delivery of cabin wireless access points in the next 12 months.”

Yep, and it’s from AP Avionix. Can you guess what it is? Here is a hint – it is called Cab-N-Connect.

Give up? Try 802.11n airborne wireless router. When we saw the creature we had to get the story for our readers. So here is what they told IFExpress:

“AP Avionix’s new Cab-N-ConnectM wireless access point takes advantage of the recently adopted IEEE 802.11n specification, which increases maximum throughput to wireless clients from 54mbps to over 300mbps. Engineers from AP Avionx and Motorola have collaborated closely together in ruggedizing and adapting Motorola’s industry-leading 802.11n wireless solutions into an efficient, high-performance, scalable and highly-maintainable platform for wireless-in-the-sky.

The Wireless Access Point (CWAP) supports flexible deployment of multiple Wi-Fi access points virtually anywhere within the commercial aircraft. Depending on the size and configuration of the particular airframe, and the specific types of applications being supported, there could be from two to eight CWAP modules distributed at various locations throughout the plane.
Using a robust 3×3 MIMO radio configuration, the CWAP supports dual-band (TX/RX) communications with any type of Wi-Fi device in the on-board network mesh, using either 2.4GHz (11b/g/n) or 5.0GHZ (11a/n). A third radio connection can be dedicated to network management and communications with the on-board wireless server.

The individual CWAP units throughout the passenger cabin communicate with the centralized airborne server units via Gigabit Ethernet. Depending on the specific requirements, one or more server units provide network management, load-balancing, media server functions and handling of the backhaul communications (via satellite or air-to-ground). Robust security layers ensure integrity and privacy of all communications over the local wireless network and the backhaul communication links.”

Next, we asked how many passengers can be served by the CWAP?

“Empirical testing has already shown the Cab-N-Connect CWAP to be the clear performance leader for implementing Wi-Fi for ‘wireless-in-the-sky’ services aboard commercial airliners. Controlled tests using a single CWAP access point mounted within a wide-body commercial aircraft showed the capability to simultaneously stream real-time video content at 1Mbs to over 100 wireless client systems. This constitutes a more than 5x performance advantage over competing systems that show measureable degradation of performance at 20+ wireless clients.”

Finally, we queried the company about availability, qualification testing status and FCC & CE testing status…and availability.

“The latest version of Cab-N-Connect cabin wireless access point (CWAP) is currently undergoing final stages of FAA qualification testing and certification is imminent. To assist our customers with their deployment schedules, evaluation units are available now. FAA certified units will be shipping in full production starting in the second quarter of 2010.

The CWAP design undergoing qualification testing includes our new integrated antenna technology that further improves the CWAP’s performance edge, while also offering enhanced flexibility for mounting and locating the CWAP units virtually anywhere within the aircraft. The integrated antenna feature eliminates the need for separate antenna mounting provisions, thereby providing better space utilization, streamlined integration with any aircraft and lower deployment costs.”
For more information, contact Eric Tarter (erict@aplabs.com) and/or check out their data sheet…and no, they will not be at AIX.