OnBoard: IFE Server and Access Terminal

Passenger Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs) have undisputedly changed the In-Flight Entertainment landscape. Forever! Be they netbooks, smartphones, or tablets, most business and leisure travelers carry one or more, and are accustomed to using them for computing and communications, work and entertainment. The competitive commercial marketplace is constantly evolving and improving capabilities of these devices, constantly raising the performance bar. Most importantly for the airlines, they are already on board, familiar, and available.

Traditional IFE’s are heavy, expensive, permanent installations that may even be obsolete when installed. So-called “Live” broadband satellitebased systems often provide nothing but groundbased, previously-recorded content. The expense, weight, and service charges are therefore unjustified.

IFE for Everyone. Taking its queue from existing market realities, OnBoard‘s lightweight and easily removable interface to the aircraft is the only “permanent” component of the installation. The tablet technology based server is removable and upgradeable. It can host over 800 hours of video and support multiple applications from H.264 video streaming, to web hosting of online catalogs, to POS applications, including real-time credit card clearing and text messaging (when integrated with a qualifying Iridium gateway). OnBoard not only fits where traditional systems cannot, it offers a far richer experience than the competition. It’s scaleable and content is wirelessly updateable. What else could you want?

Now, You Can Take it ALL With You. Avionics has become a data-centric discipline. Maintenance Manuals, Navigation Databases, LRU Operating Software and more are provided electronically. Today, OnBoard stores ALL the e-documents, databases, and code images necessary to maintain an aircraft, whether at home or away - in addition to all the media content to entertain your passengers and enhance your financial returns. OnBoard can be removed from its locked mount and carried about the aircraft as necessary for maintenance purposes. In addition to IFE, numerous support applications can be hosted, including ARINC 615, ARINC 615A dataloading, ARINC 429 databus analysis, TCAS diagnostics, DFDR download, flight data analysis, etc.

Part of the Big Picture. OnBoard is equipped with an Ethernet port designed to communicate with a secure wireless router or 3G Wireless miniQAR Mk III. In conjunction with our avSYNC software, these wireless TWLU routers maintain OnBoard current with the latest content, manuals, dataloads, and applications. OnBoard can also be connected to suitable airborne SATCOM systems, providing text e-mail or SMS access to passenger electronic devices. We call this our “Wired Aircraft” architecture.

Our new menuing software enables users to configure their own custom prompts and workflow. From one-touch operation to comprehensive data entry, the choice is yours. Whatever your requirements, the RSU II can be customized to meet them. It’s time to get OnBoard!

Technical Specifications

Dock Physical
  • Length 27cm (10.625”)
  • Width 24.8 cm (9.75”)
  • Depth 2.54 cm (1.0”)
  • Weight 2.2 kg (4.9 lbs)
  • Material: Milled aluminum for structural components
Dock Interfaces to Aircraft
  • Network (Wired and wireless bridged)
    • Local (Ethernet) 1 port, 10/100baseTX, auto-rate sensing
    • ARINC 429: 4 RX and 2 TX, 12.5/100Kbps
    • ARINC Discretes: 7 Inputs, 5Outputs
  • Asynchronous
    • RS-422: 4 RX RS 422
    • RS-232/RS-422: Either RS-232OR RS-422, 3 TX / 2 RXOR 2 TX / 3 RX
  • Power
    • 22–30 VDC, 3A Max
Server Physical
  • Length: 27.0cm (10.6”)
  • Width: 18.4cm (7.2”)
  • Depth: 4.2cm (1.65”)
  • Weight: 1.86 Kg (4.1 Lbs.)
  • Material: Die cast magnesium for structural components
  • Certifications: UL, CE
  • Operating Temperature: -4°to 140° F (-20°to 60° C)
  • Storage Temperature: -67° F to 167° F (-55°to 75° C)
  • Water Resistance: 10.3 cm (4”)rain per hour, @40 PSI, for 10 Minutes on all 6 axes per MIL STD810F.506.4
  • Smart 3900mAH(40.0W) Li-Ion battery pack
Portable Power Supply
  • 110VAC to 240 VAC, 50Hzto 400Hz-Optional
Operating Systems
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2008
  • 10/100/1000 MbitBase-T Ethernet LAN, 56Kbps v.92 fax/modem
  • 802.11 a/g/nWLAN, 2 xUSB2.0
  • 1.2GHz Intel Core™ DuoU2500 with 2MB Level 2 Cache
  • 1024 to 2048 MBDDRII SDRAM @553 MHz
  • Shock-mounted 2.5” SATA II Solid State Drive, 256 or 512GB
  • PCMCIA Type II card slot, CF Type I orII card slot
  • 8.4” SVGA Touchscreen TFT Outdoor Transmissive Liquid Crystal Display (exceeds MIL-STD-3009 sunlight readability requirements)
Intrinsic Safety & Non-Incendive
  • Class I, Div. 2, Group A, B, C & D, CSA Cert.