September 16 2013  |  Inflight Entertainment

KID-Systeme launches SKYfi, onboard connectivity platform

By Lauren Brunetti

KID-Systeme, the market-leading supplier of electronic cabin systems for passenger and corporate aircraft, has launched SKYfi - a revolutionary modular onboard connectivity platform. The new technology was  launched at the APEX/IFSA Expo, which was held in Anaheim, California last week.

SKYfi enables airlines to deliver advanced in-flight mediatainment options at a fraction of the cost of conventional systems, while enhancing the passenger experience. SKYfi also provides the opportunity for potential additional ancillary revenues, customizable to the individual airline’s marketing strategy.

The new product offers a range of packages, from a wifi internet system, to a high-end solution providing full cellular telephony and internet services, plus the function to stream content on to passengers’ personal electronic devices via an app made available by the airline.

Patrick Schrot, General Manager, KID-Systeme, says: “We firmly believe the BYOD [bring your own device] trend is unstoppable now and passengers expect the same access to the internet, telephony and media in flight as they have on the ground. Airlines need to ensure their passengers can receive streaming media, connect wirelessly with social media, watch movies or play games and SKYfi provides a seamless transition.”

The launch is a natural progression from KID-Systeme’s pioneering product SKYpower, introduced in 1999 as the world’s first 110-volt aircraft in-seat power supply system. Today, SKYpower has been installed in more than 300,000 seats by more than 80 airlines, making it the single largest in-seat power supply system in the world.

“Having already installed the necessary hardware platform for SKYfi in more than 300 aircraft - and 400 more on order - gives us a significant advantage. Early customer feedback has been extremely positive and I am confident SKYfi will lead the market,” Schrot adds.

SKYfi can be installed on virtually every aircraft type and architecture. The lean system has certified hardware and uses different communication interfaces, making it very flexible.


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