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Airbus to Provide Communication Service for German Troops Worldwide

Airbus has been awarded a contract by the Bundeswehr for the provision of welfare media services for the next two years, with the option of another two year extension. With this contract, thousands of soldiers and sailors will get access to connectivity services for their private use on a global scale whether they are on land or at sea.

Through the “Connect-D” service, the Bundeswehr provides its personnel with a range of welfare service, free of charge, with no time limit or limitation on the data volume for private use while abroad. The connection to family and friends as well as to the personal social environment can be maintained even while they are in remote area. For the first time, media services are an integral part of Connect-D, including corporate TV and radio – notably Radio Andernach and Bundeswehr TV – video on demand (VoD) and ePaper.

Airbus has been providing welfare communication services to the Bundeswehr since 2011. The Connect-D Service is currently deployed in 15 locations within 3 continents, e.g. Afghanistan, Mali and Lithuania. With the new contract, Airbus ensures that Connect-D will be available at existing and future missions and exercises and with state-of-the-art communication technology.

Airbus has been providing global connectivity for over four decades and is a world leader in satellite communications and ground infrastructure networks. The company has delivered governments, militaries and International Agencies with mission-critical voice and high-speed data communications on land, at sea and in the air.

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Astronics SATCOM Antenna Technology Completes Successful Test Flight with Collins Aerospace LuxStream Connectivity Service and Satellite Provider SES

Astronics Corporation announced a recent successful test flight employing its Ku-band tail-mounted antenna technology for the Collins Aerospace KuSAT-2000 SATCOM terminal for their LuxStream business jet connectivity solution. The KuSAT-2000 Tail-Mounted Antenna system demonstrated download speeds of up to 25 Mbps service in the United States and 15 Mbps globally utilizing SES satellites.

The company says their team transferred approximately 12 GB of data during the test flight, including as many as seven devices streaming High Definition (HD) content from a comprehensive selection of video streaming services. In parallel to these streaming services, the crew executed multiple voice and video calls, testing a wide range of communications platforms. The system exceeded all key performance indicators established for this test flight, providing confidence in system performance as the rollout of LuxStream progresses.

“Collins Aerospace is excited to work with Astronics to bring LuxStream’s unmatched connectivity speeds to business jets around the world,” said Bruce Quade, senior program manager of Connectivity Services for Collins Aerospace. “During our test flight, I was thrilled to connect with Matt Landel, director of Sales Engineering at Astronics AeroSat, by video conferencing with him using the LuxStream service. This experience highlights how LuxStream provides the fastest broadband speeds available, with unmatched worldwide coverage.”

“Astronics is proud to be partnered with Collins Aerospace,” said Paul Mitchell, general manager of Astronics AeroSat. “We are pleased to continue growing our relationship as installations of LuxStream increase.”Collins Aerospace is the primary point of contact for all sales and technical support, giving dealers and customers access to its industry-leading global support for LuxStream service and hardware.

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Panasonic Avionics Appoints Joe Bentley as CTO

Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) has announced the appointment of Joe Bentley as Chief Technology Officer.

Bentley, who joins Panasonic today, will be responsible for leading all aspects of the company’s software and systems engineering teams, cloud, hardware, and IT/security. He will serve as a key member of Panasonic’s executive team, and be directly responsible for an organization of over 800 employees spread across Panasonic’s Lake Forest, California headquarters, as well as the Bay Area office and other global locations.

Bentley was previously senior vice president, Engineering at Hulu where he led its 700-person engineering, program, and research organizations across three international offices. During his tenure, Hulu doubled subscribers to over 30 million while becoming the largest digital multichannel video programming distributor (DMVPD) in the US.

Prior to joining Hulu in 2018, Bentley was vice president, Software Engineering at GoPro, leading the company’s overall software research and development and launching its award-winning mobile apps to over 150 million devices worldwide and bringing its spherical Fusion camera to market.

From 2012-2015, he was director, Digital Products at Amazon, where he launched the market-leading Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick and led the development of the first-of-its-kind feature, the award-winning Voice Search through Alexa. Fire TV Stick was the fastest-selling product in Amazon’s history.

 “I am delighted to welcome Joe Bentley to Panasonic Avionics,” said Ken Sain, CEO of Panasonic Avionics Corporation. “His proven track record in successfully delivering digital innovation makes him a natural fit as we continue to build remarkable IFEC solutions that enhance the airline passenger experience.”

“Bringing together a world-class team with a rich legacy of engineering prowess is humbling. I am excited to deliver scalable, inflight entertainment platforms that will enable airlines to increase efficiency and promote passenger loyalty,” said Bentley.

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Air Tanzania Selects Panasonic Avionics for its A220 IFE and Connectivity

Air Tanzania has selected Panasonic Avionics’ (Panasonic) inflight entertainment (IFE) connectivity system for improved passenger experience onboard its Airbus A220 aircraft.

The airline has equipped two of its A220s with Panasonic’s eX1 IFE solution which is specifically designed for narrowbody aircraft. Each seat will feature elegant full HD seatback monitors, complete with touch displays and handsets, and an intuitive, personalized interface. Passengers will have access to USB and laptop charging power points at every seat.

Air Tanzania’s A220s will also be fitted with Panasonic’s inflight Wi-Fi service. Panasonic’s next generation connectivity enables fast internet to video streaming, all powered by its new satellite modem featuring bandwidth up to twenty times greater than previously available.

The announcement marks the extension of Panasonic’s relationship with Air Tanzania following the airline’s selection of its inflight entertainment and connectivity solutions for two of its Boeing 787 aircraft and two Airbus A220 in 2018.

“By selecting Panasonic’s inflight entertainment and connectivity systems, Air Tanzania can deliver a personalized, immersive entertainment to every passenger, no matter where in the cabin they are seated,” said Ken Sain, CEO of Panasonic Avionics Corporation. “These inflight experiences will help Air Tanzania encourage brand loyalty, keeping their valued customers coming back time and time again.”

The flag carrier of Tanzania was the first African carrier to take delivery of the A220 in November  2018 and January 2019. It operates a fleet consisting of the Dash 8-Q400, Airbus A220 and Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

“Operating our new A220 equipped with Panasonic’s IFE and Wi-Fi service brings together the right culture, values, and expertise to fulfill our goal of satisfying our customers—which is part of our vision,” said Eng. Ladislaus Matindi, CEO and managing director of Air Tanzania. “The installation of Panasonic’s systems allow ATCL operations to adjust to the new market realities. With highly-standardized facilities, Air Tanzania will expand its geographic reach by merging with other partners—especially foreign ones. This will also further strengthen our operations through more innovative strategies and allow us to remain competitive in today’s emerging markets.”

OWG Selects SKYTRAC to Enable SATCOM Capabilities
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OWG Selects SKYTRAC to Enable SATCOM Capabilities

SKYTRAC announced that OWG, a new airline based in Quebec, will utilize SKYTRAC’s satellite communications technologies to enable numerous capabilities onboard their fleet of upgraded Boeing 737-400 aircraft.

Onboard the fleet of Boeings is SKYTRAC’s flagship satellite transceiver, the ISAT-200A, a central piece to enabling the powerful satellite communications technologies advertised by OWG. The proven multifunctional system enables real-time two-way communications, accurate flight data monitoring and analysis, and allows OWG to track their fleet activity globally from pole-to-pole. The airline’s mission is to provide customers with a better flying experience through comfort, technology, and safety features.

“Adding the SKYTRAC system to our new fleet of Boeing 737-400 was a no-brainer for the OWG division. Following our aircraft in real time is a must – the rest of the features are bonus points,” mentioned Marco Prud’homme, president of OWG.

In addition to tracking and communications, SKYTRAC’s intelligent connectivity SATCOM system will also detect premature failures and immediately dispatch automatic alerts in real-time to ground crews, ensuring the safety of passengers and reducing possible AOG times for the aircraft.

“As a Canadian company, we are excited to see the launch of OWG, especially during such a difficult time within the aviation sector,” mentioned Jan van der Heul, Vice President of Sales at SKYTRAC. “The new airline will no doubt provide an economic boost within the region while also giving residents of Quebec a world-class flying experience above and beyond customer expectations. We’re excited to be a central piece onboard OWG’s fleet and look forward to continuing a positive relationship.”

Middle East Airlines Selects Panasonic Avionics for A321 IFE and Connectivity
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Middle East Airlines Selects Panasonic Avionics for A321 IFE and Connectivity

Panasonic Avionics (Panasonic) has been selected by Middle East Airlines-Air Liban (MEA) to provide inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) solutions for 15 of its Airbus A321 family aircraft.

Upon delivery from July 2020 onwards, nine A321neos will become the first connected aircraft to join MEA’s fleet. They will be line-fitted with Panasonic’s eX1 seatback IFE solution, designed specifically for narrow body aircraft.

eX1 offers elegant full HD seatback monitors, complete with touch displays and handsets, and an intuitive, personalized interface. Passengers will have access to USB and laptop charging power points at every seat as well.

MEA’s A321neos will also be fitted with Panasonic’s inflight Wi-Fi service, with a host of next generation connectivity benefits from fast internet to video streaming, all powered by its new satellite modem which offers bandwidth up to twenty times greater than previously available.

Panasonic’s high-performance connectivity is a powerful way for airlines to build brand loyalty by delivering new and personalized content to passengers inflight.

“We are delighted to be partnering with Middle East Airlines to enhance the passenger experience on their A321 family aircraft with our world-class inflightentertainment and connectivity,” said Ken Sain, CEO of Panasonic Avionics. “The Middle East is a dynamic and strategically important region for Panasonic Avionics.”

Mohamad El Hout, Chairman, director general of MEA, said: “We are happy to partner again with Panasonic Avionics. MEA’s new aircraft is equipped with its state-of-the-art inflight entertainment systems including WiFi connectivity for the first time, reflecting the company’s ambition to provide customers with the best products the industry has to offer.”

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Satcom Direct Elevates Beta Testing with In-House Validation of Enhanced SD Pro Platform

Considering its in-house flight department as a customer has been integral to the evolution of product development at Satcom Direct (SD), the business aviation solutions provider. The global business has offices in 15 different locations and its corporate flight department operates a busy but small fleet, including a Gulfstream G350 and Cessna Citation Sovereign. The fleet, which is fully reliant on the SD Pro platform for operations, is used to support business travel and to trial and validate the effectiveness and functionality of new products.

SD Pro communicates accurate, comprehensive data for all phases of flight to the entire operations team. Throughout the mission, from scheduling to post flight administration, critical information is visible in real time across the team from the centralized platform. The SD Flight Department depends upon SD Pro to safely and securely facilitate all its flight operations.

Fundamental to the centralized flight operations are the recently enhanced PreFlight and PostFlight modules in SD Pro, enabling flight departments to manage all phases of flight from a single, synchronized dashboard. The detailed scheduling and automated digital flight log capabilities improve efficiencies across the entire flight operation by optimizing work-flows and simplifying communication.

“Everything we develop has its genesis in our own flight department. We are committed to developing products for business aviation and by being our own customer we can create solutions that enhance business aviation flight operations and efficiency,” says Satcom Direct Founder and CEO Jim Jensen. “We develop solutions from the ground up which are dedicated to meeting the specific needs of global business aviation operators.”

SD PreFlight generates crew profiles, aircraft operational status, and fleet availability helping the scheduler to make informed decisions for each mission. The system’s integration with third party vendors enables the filing of a flight plan within the intuitive graphic interface. Once submitted, alerts are automatically sent to relevant crewmembers for up to the minute changes.

SD PostFlight autonomously and accurately populates the flight log with aircraft and engine times and cycles, with accuracy to the minute. The open architecture system shares this information with third party maintenance providers and OEM engine warranty programs, if desired. “Our pilots like the way our automated data feeds SD PostFlight. It is accurate, efficient, and timely as it allows aircrew to log flights immediately after landing. No pilot calculations are required, and the data is easily submitted via our SD Crew App. SD Pro gives our flight department increased visibility, which results in more efficient aircraft maintenance scheduling,” says Jensen.

Throughout every phase, all data is managed through SD’s Tier III Data Center, ensuring sensitive Personal Identifying Information (PII), as well as aircraft data, is kept secure and compliant with global data privacy regulations.

BIG DATA More Accessible and Growing By Jason Bates
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BIG DATA More Accessible and Growing By Jason Bates

Finding hidden patterns, trends and correlations is the ultimate goal of big data analytics, especially in aerospace where safety is paramount and utilization is king. Are we there yet?

Big data and analytics has had a tremendous impact on operations across the aero sector. Initially driven by OEMs and engine manufacturers, reliance on big data continues to expand, with airlines relying more on the data for operational improvements and seeking to deliver real-time insights to the cockpit. As the amount of data generated grow, organizations are looking for faster access to that information and seeking ways to garner additional insights, including helping airlines recover more quickly from the impact of Covid-19-related slowdowns.

“The solutions have started penetrating the aero sector more,” said Shivaprakash Muruganandham, an analyst with NSR. “It started with widebody airframes, but now it is spreading into small body airframes. Data sizes are growing. Now we are seeing the future, and other data will be included and will be analyzed for better performance of aircraft and airlines operations.”

In his role as director of analytics at Boeing Global Services, Stefan Karisch focuses on Boeing’s long-term vision, along with important uses for data analytics in today’s environment. “For the last 22 years, what we’ve done is look at how industry and technology has evolved and how we can use it for the benefit of our customers and help them operate more efficiently and avoid surprises. We said, ‘What if we had the data and could process and store it? What if we had the computing power to visualize it? And what if we had the connectivity and the data flow to get it from the aircraft, and equally important, get the insights and give that to the decision makers?” This has come about now with technology and connectivity.”

Improved connectivity that speeds up delivery of the data can help enable maintenance and flight operations to be proactive instead of reactive, Karisch said. “Where we’re at now is prescriptive maintenance. We know how to build programs and diagnostics based on the richness of the data we have. I think people are very excited about new ways to connect aircraft to the ground in flight. It would provide a new opportunity for health and aircraft maintenance.”

The needs of the various end users are unique, and as use of data evolves, the global networks that support the collection and dissemination of data will need to be able to serve a wide variety of customers.

Improved connectivity that speeds up delivery of data can help enable maintenance and flight operations to be proactive instead of reactive, says Stefan Karisch, director of analytics at Boeing Global Serivces. Boeing image.
Improved connectivity that speeds up delivery of data can help enable maintenance and flight operations to be proactive instead of reactive, says Stefan Karisch, director of analytics at Boeing Global Serivces. Boeing image.

Pratt & Whitney’s EngineWise aftermarket services monitors the health of engines to predict and prevent disruptions before they occur, and its eFAST solution captures more than 10,000 data points per flight. The data is stored in a secured acquisition, storage and transmission infrastructure and then transmitted from the aircraft to Pratt & Whitney using wireless technology such as Wi-Fi and/or cellular. Data is critical to improving the MRO business decision making process, Pratt & Whitney said. “Better data means more accurate analysis – better decisions, operational efficiencies, cost reductions, and reduced risk. For GTF fleets, we’re collecting significantly more data at different times in the flight envelope, including at engine start, climb-out and descent, and generating more reports, such as on oil monitoring. ADEM capability has been enhanced to support analysis of this additional data enabling us to better identify any adverse events affecting performance. Customers will increasingly have more visibility into the state of engines and other components, enabling faster maintenance, more efficient engine removals and engine time-on-wing intervals customized to operators. In addition, we will continue to use the information and data to develop new algorithms and predictive tools to improve our products and overall support, services offerings and capabilities.”

Honeywell launched its Forge connectivity solution for airlines in June 2019 and expanded the offering to the business aviation sector in March. The expansion of Honeywell’s enterprise software into the aero sector was a natural expansion, said John Peterson, vice president and general manager of the software and services division at Honeywell Connected Enterprise. “There are packets of data on the aircraft, whether on engine, wheels and brakes, or landing gear. We want to get that packet of data, but it’s only useful if you can get that packet of data to a person so they know what to do as a result of what that the data tells them. … We have found airlines of all sizes, not to just ones with 400 tails, are trying to figure out what digitization strategy should be.”

The Forge solution has a number of different ways to move the information packets, such as wireless access points, and the network is designed to move the data in the most efficient method for the end user. “It’s different for every customer. What’s most important is you don’t want to bring somebody a solution that costs too much to implement. The value of data has to be far more than what it cost to acquire it.”

The sector continues to push for quicker access to the data. In June, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and GE Aviation unveiled a partnership that intends to leverage growing use of flight data analytics to improve aviation safety education. The platform is designed to give students and faculty access to GE Aviation’s flight data analytics platform for learning and research opportunities. “We’re always pushing to do things better and push the technology,” said Kenneth Byrnes, Associate Professor of Aeronautical Science and chair of the Flight Department at the Daytona Beach, Fla., campus. “White data transfer is not in its infancy stages, we are continuing to work on it.”

Currently, Embry-Riddle is gathering data off its training aircraft by pulling the data cards post-flight. In traditional operations, a small percentage of the total data may be streamed to the ground in the flight, either in discrete snapshots or continuously throughout the flight, GE said. The bulk of the data is retrieved on the ground, post flight, either through manual downloads or cellular/wi-fi wireless datalinks. Manual downloads are typically on weekly or monthly schedules, leading to significant latency and reduced overall data quality, due to manual errors (associating a download with the incorrect tail, etc.). Cellular downloads are often performed automatically after every flight or at least daily, leading to much less latency and more reliable data flows.

“This is great for safety and maintenance, but it’s really good for education,” Byrnes said. The school is working with flight debriefing company CloudAhoy to integrate data directly so when students and instructors return from flight, the data is available almost immediately, and integrating the GE solution is the next step. “The grand vision is that the data helps us on the safety side for monitoring, helps us for investigation, and also for research,” he said.

All involved see more growth and more reliance on data analytics, especially with advancements that will bring more use of real-time delivery via wireless satellite connectivity.

“We see real demand for real-time streaming data,” said Muruganandham. “A lot of things are happening at this moment, such as the rate at which the industry is transitioning. They want to offer the best posibble information to the pilot and systems inflight to enable them to optimize routes. The satellite industry is evolving to offer services such as real-time weather data that is plugged into the operational spectrum of the aircraft,

“If I look at the future, we want to have gone to full proactive management and be able to plan for operations,” said Karisch. Improved connectivity is the key enabler for this goal, he said. “We want to use data to see what would have been more optimal. We are doing some of that already, but I think we are creating is getting the right information to the right people and make decisions and really help them run their operations.”

More real-time use of data could also help the aero sector recover more quickly from the slowdown created by Covid-19 as well as help smooth out the business ups and downs the sector has traditoinally experienced, said Muruganandham.

“Airlines historically operate on very small profit margins, and COVID-induced conditions make those margins even smaller. Use of data for operations optimization will be increasingly important for maintaining the health of the business,” Matt Wiseman of GE said. “In general, even without COVID, the trend is that data and analytics are becoming more important for an airline to remain competitive. In particular, the ability to combine different data types (originating both on- and off-board) will be a key differentiator.”

Pratt and Whitney EngineWise
EngineWise Woman at Computer
Pratt & Whitney’s EngineWise product monitors the health of engines to predict and prevent disruptions before they occur and its eFAST solution captures more than 10,000 data points per flight. Pratt & Whitney images.

“There are a number of different factors that affect real-time delivery,” Peterson said. “The first is the cost. Today, the cost to get the data off the aircraft is expensive. I think, within the next five years, Honeywell will be an innovator in providing how to apply cost that the data is basically free to them. Another piece that will dramatically reduce the cost is that new aircraft are so much more capable than traditional aircraft. The capital cost to acquire data from aircraft will go down exponentially moving forward. Every aircraft has a digitalization strategy and we want every aircraft to have access to acquire data. All of this will reduce the effort it takes to acquire that data packet, and it will all happen within the next three-to-five years.”

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Middle East Airlines Selects Panasonic Avionics for A321 IFE/Connectivity

Panasonic Avionics (Panasonic) has been selected by Middle East Airlines-Air Liban (MEA) to provide inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) solutions for 15 of its Airbus A321 family aircraft. 

Upon delivery from July 2020 onwards, nine A321neos will become the first connected aircraft to join MEA’s fleet. They will be linefitted with Panasonic’s eX1 seatback IFE solution, designed specifically for narrowbody aircraft.

eX1 offers elegant full HD seatback monitors, complete with touch displays and handsets, and an intuitive, personalized interface. Passengers will have access to USB and laptop charging power points at every seat as well.

MEA’s A321neos will also be fitted with Panasonic’s inflight Wi-Fi service, with a host of next generation connectivity benefits from fast internet to video streaming, all powered by its new satellite modem which offers bandwidth up to twenty times greater than previously available.

Connectivity is one way airlines are building brand loyalty by delivering new and personalized content to passengers inflight, Panasonic says.

“We are delighted to be partnering with Middle East Airlines to enhance the passenger experience on their A321 family aircraft with our world-class inflight entertainment and connectivity,” Ken Sain, chief executive officer of Panasonic Avionics, said. “The Middle East is a dynamic and strategically important region for Panasonic Avionics.”

Mohamad El Hout, chairman – director general of MEA, said: “We are happy to partner again with Panasonic Avionics. MEA’s new aircraft is equipped with its state-of-the-art inflight entertainment systems including WiFi connectivity for the first time, reflecting the company’s ambition to provide customers with the best products the industry has to offer.”

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Appareo Releases Rugged Telematics Gateway with Global Connectivity

Appareo released a new product recently in their line of telematically-enabled electronic control units (ECUs). The Gateway 360 is a rugged yet lightweight edge computing platform for mobile equipment applications that provides a wide range of communication technologies: Iridium SBD, Cellular, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 433 MHz radios, with GPS, BroadR-Reach, Ethernet, and controller area networking (CAN). The device is built with an IP67-rated rugged enclosure for use outdoors and for mounting on heavy machinery.

The Appareo Gateway 360 is unique in that it couples truly global wide area connectivity capabilities through both an Iridium satellite connection, LTE connectivity with local area Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 433 MHz radios in a powerful computational platform capable of receiving and processing data from a wide range of vehicle networks and buses.

“The 300 series of Gateways are powerful edge computational products that provide a truly global connectivity solution capable of bridging the communication gap between all manner of on- and off-machine applications in very rugged environments,” said David Batcheller, president & CEO of Appareo. “The broad spectrum of communication technologies in the Gateway 360 offers an amazing array of solutions to global off-highway connectivity challenges.”

Off-highway machines are often used in very remote parts of the world. The cellular capabilities of the Gateway 360 are certified in dozens of countries; however, cellular coverage is limited in some geographies. Appareo’s use of the Iridium SBD transceiver allows for truly global machine coverage. The presence of Iridium on the device ensures that critical machine data can be retrieved, and wherever that equipment may be (land, air, or water) the Gateway 360 will keep Appareo customers and their machines connected.

The local area network connections (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 433 MHz) allow machines to communicate directly with each other and with the operators or passengers. This allows people near the machine in its job site or field to be connected, informed, or in control, using real-time data with zero latency and no network costs. Further, groups of machines can communicate with machines and attachments to improve operator experience and efficiency.

For example, using 433 MHz or Bluetooth, the Gateway 360 can communicate with active RFID products, like the AT-40 asset tracker, tire pressure sensors, and other wireless machine sensors. This capability allows for machines to receive information from hydraulic and mechanical attachments, and despite the lack of electrical power on those attachments, use information from the active RFID tag to recognize the attachment, and automatically adjust machine control settings accordingly.
From remote diagnostics (securely accessing devices with available VPN remote access to troubleshoot equipment in real time) to inexpensively deploying firmware updates over the air through differential software updating tools, Appareo Gateways offer a wide spectrum of capabilities that go beyond traditional telematic data usage for preventive maintenance and remote support.

Appareo Gateway Series

Appareo and Iridium Communications originally partnered in 2016 to release technology to equip motorized farm vehicles with terrestrial and satellite communication capabilities, enabled by the truly global Iridium satellite network — the only mobile voice and data satellite communications network that spans the entire globe. Appareo says it was one of the first companies chosen to integrate the Iridium 9603 chipset, the smallest commercial two-way satellite transceiver.

“Appareo continues to be a leader in bringing next generation telematics solutions and global connectivity to customers,” said Bryan Hartin, executive vice president, Sales and Marketing, Iridium. “With the Gateway 360’s truly global machine coverage, critical machine data can now be retrieved in even the most remote locations.”

AGCO Corporation integrated Appareo’s 300 Series Gateways for its telematic solutions, specifically to expand wireless telemetry solutions for remote precision agriculture and machine monitoring.

“AGCO has been working with Appareo for many years and we have built our connectivity strategy leveraging the Gateway 360. We see advantages with the capabilities and the global reach this product provides, whether we are leveraging cellular or the Iridium satellite capabilities. It is great to have a partner that has deep expertise and is willing to work closely on our mutual goals,” said Seth Crawford, vice president, Fuse Connected Services and Digital Customer Experience at AGCO.

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