Connectivity

New Inmarsat Program Supports Certification of Third-Party Apps on SB-S

By S.L. Fuller | November 8, 2017

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Inmarsat has launched a program to certify third-party commercial applications for use on its SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) platform. The company said the program, called “Certified Application Provider Programme,” is open to established application providers and developers.

A two-step certification process tests and optimizes applications compatible with the flight deck platform. According to Inmarsat, SB-S is the “first satcom platform designed to meet the needs of the modern flight deck.” It provides global, high-speed and secure internet protocol broadband connectivity to cockpits. A growing range of applications can, according to the company, improve safety and operational efficiency.

Applications provide real-time graphical weather updates, flight optimization, crew workload reduction and other items. Inmarsat said the benefit to certifying applications on SB-S include gaining an expanded eco-system of expertise and access to new revenue streams and joint business opportunities. The company would also provide test environments and software development kits for optimized data transmission. Inmarsat said it would promote certified applications in its “solutions labs.”

“Our new aviation CAP Programme not only opens up a wealth of opportunity for existing applications providers and developers to further their innovative solutions,” said Mary McMillan, VP of safety and operational services at Inmarsat Aviation. “It means we can offer the heightened safety and streamlined operations applications airlines demand.”

The new program gives SB-S customers access to the latest applications and technologies as part of a wider Inmarsat initiative to bring third-party applications across its network.

SB-S is currently in service with Hawaiian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines and United Airlines. Inmarsat said it has also been selected by Airbus for its A320 and A330 fleets.

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