PARIS, June 17, 2003. The Boeing Company has selected Rockwell Collins to supply airborne information management equipment enabling a variety of operational, crew and passenger capabilities, including email and Internet access - all components of Boeing's "e-Enabled Advantage", which was unveiled at the Paris International Air Show.
Rockwell Collins will provide a new cabinet-based architecture to support the broadband connectivity capability provided by Connexion by Boeing. The new design includes file servers, routers and the avionics interface in a single cabinet, with growth slots for expanded functionality. The core network cabinet is a central architectural element in a new Boeing's initiative known as the e-Enabled Advantage, which offers significant value in its potential to lower airline costs, improve dispatch reliability, reduce passenger-stranding delays and cancellations, improve passenger services, enhance aviation security and provide real-time situational awareness for both flight crews and airline operations centers.
"This selection reinforces Rockwell Collins' position as the leader in the development and integration of information management systems for airborne applications," said Clay Jones, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Rockwell Collins.
"The proliferation of network technology is leading a shift in the way information is managed for the world's aircraft," added Jones. "We are uniquely-positioned to address this evolution, having participated in a number of successful demonstrations since certifying the first system more than three years ago."
"Airlines see significant value in a system that reduces complexity, communicates and integrates real-time information, helps them improve operational efficiency and enhances the travel experience for the passenger," said Connexion by Boeing President Scott Carson. "The core network cabinet will be the 'brain on the plane', managing and routing enormous quantities of data within the airplane and - using Connexion by Boeing's extraordinary bandwidth - between the airplane and the outside world.
The core network cabinet is compliant with the ARINC 763 standard and is designed to network security Level 3. In addition, Rockwell Collins is investing the resources necessary to ensure that eTES - the first of the Internet Protocol in-flight entertainment systems - is fully compatible with Connexion by Boeing.
Boeing's e-Enabled Advantage initiative adds the onboard network technology necessary for airborne data connectivity and information management, including e-mail and Internet access, Boeing's Electronic Flight Bag, and an array of other existing applications and others in development. In addition, Boeing Jeppesen is creating a developer's toolkit, enabling airlines to add applications specific to their individual requirements.
Additional information is available at www.rockwellcollins.com .
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