NBAA-BACE, Las Vegas. Astronics Corp. (NASDAQ:ATRO) wholly owned subsidiary Astronics Ballard Technology in Everett, Washington, is introducing an integrated, smart aircraft interface device (AID)/server/router that enables aircraft operators to easily capture, record, and process aircraft data – the Wireless Aircraft Communications Server (webCS) – at the National Business Aviation Association Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE).
The compact webCS is a highly-integrated smart AID/server/router that securely bridges avionics data with wired and wireless networks in a single, compact box.
Astronics Ballard Technology’s new webCS enables aircraft operators to capture, record, and process aircraft data for use in flight or for post-flight analysis. With this data, flight crews gain valuable insight into the performance of the aircraft to fuel decisions that improve operational efficiency. An operator also can transmit data off the aircraft for post-flight analysis using built-in cellular or Wi-Fi interfaces, or stream data in real time when connected to an on-board connectivity system.
The webCS simplifies the process of adding data-centric technology to commercial and business aircraft. This single device combines functions traditionally performed by several separate components, reducing the equipment footprint, simplifying installation design, and eliminating integration issues. The webCS manages multiple communication pathways and features a new low-profile Wi-Fi and cellular antenna array as an integral part of the compact design.
“Never before has there been a device so small that combines all these capabilities into one seamlessly integrated box. With the webCS, there is no need to worry about compatibility issues that can occur with add-on components or when connecting multiple boxes together,” says Jon Neal, vice president and general manager of Astronics Ballard Technology. “Up until now, AID/server solutions have been built as closed systems that require the hardware vendor to deploy new or updated software. With our secure, open-architecture approach, we empower our customers to develop and control the software applications running on the webCS.”
The webCS platform’s enhanced computing capabilities enable operators to access and process aircraft data securely for a variety of applications, such as pilot electronic flight bag (EFB), cabin/crew, quick access recorder (QAR), maintenance, and other user-developed or third-party applications. The webCS is also a cost-effective communications server capable of providing real-time data processing for next-generation technologies, such as integrating Internet of Things (IoT) technology into the aircraft. The webCS platform enables the operator to leverage and incorporate new technologies and innovations as they become available, maximizing investment, officials say.
Astronics Ballard Technology, a provider of reliable avionics databus interface solutions, produces quality, easy-to-use products in a wide range of configurations for aerospace, military, and government users worldwide.
Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ:ATRO) is a supplier of advanced technologies and products to the global aerospace, defense, and semiconductor industries. Astronics’ products and services include advanced, high-performance electrical power generation and distribution systems, seat motion solutions, lighting and safety systems, avionics products, aircraft structures, systems certification, and automated test systems. Astronics’ strategy is to increase its value by developing technologies and capabilities, either internally or through acquisition, and using those capabilities to provide innovative solutions to its targeted markets and other markets where its technology can be beneficial.
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