Business & GA, Embedded Avionics

TrueNorth to Supply Satcom System for L-3 747-8

By Tish Drake | May 17, 2012
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TrueNorth Avionics, based in Ottawa, Canada, was selected by L-3 Platform Integration division’s (L-3 PID) Head-of-State Completion Center in Waco, Texas, to provide its scalable Simphone OpenCabin airborne telecommunications system for one of L-3 PID’s VVIP and Head-of-State (HOS) projects. TrueNorth’s Simphone OpenCabin system offers such capabilities as Wi-Fi, high-speed data integration, fax, HD Voice, and corded and cordless handsets with credit card readers. The first TrueNorth system will be installed aboard a Boeing 747-8 Head-of-State aircraft.

“We’re excited that such an established premium integrator as L-3’s Head-of-State Completion Center has determined that TrueNorth, the global leader in HOS cabin telecommunications, and Simphone Ì„ OpenCabin solutions, the most popular VIP/VVIP system, are the ideal choice for their first 747-8,” said Mark van Berkel, TrueNorth’s president and CEO.

According to the company, the software-centric and scalable OpenCabin system offers all the capabilities of traditional satcom systems, but without the cost, complexity and weight of other systems.

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