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to securely log on to corporate networks, to transfer data and send/
receive email. With data speeds several times faster than dial-up,
the Aviator 200 lets business flyers do everything they do on the
ground as they're cruising miles above it, even if that means simply
Ottawa-based TrueNorth Avionics is another leader in this
technology, offering its Optelity Systems for voice, an internet
router, Wi-Fi, voice over internet protocol and compatibility with
smartphone, tablets, Ethernet handsets and TrueNorth's own
custom-finished Stylus handsets. The system's small size and
power efficiency make it a prospect for a range of business and
TrueNorth's Simphonē Mobile GSM provides business aviation
with the first and only GSM system specifically geared to longrange business jets - which means it works on short domestic legs
as well as it does at longer ranges. Simphonē Mobile GSM lets
passengers and crew talk and text in flight using their own phones.
No extra apps required nor a need to register with a special service.
Users also face no worries over missing a critical call when they fly.
It's just like in their office, at home or on the go. And folks on the
ground can reach contacts in flight by dialing their number - as usual.
TrueNorth also offers a suite of applications designed to improve
in-flight connectivity called Connected Aero, which builds on
satellite connections. Connected.aero is actually a hybrid cloud
solution that applies compression, acceleration, aggregation
and bonding capabilities to make in-flight connections work as
seamlessly and reliably as connections on the ground - be them at
the office, at the coffee shop, or at home.
The Hybrid Cloud uses cloud-based connectivity in combination
with the company's Optelity product family to deliver a faster,
more-secure communications experience at 40,000 feet. And the
combination is flexible.
Global and subscription based, Connected.Aero will work with
any service provider and is specifically designed for use with
Optelity family products.
More to come
With service providers continuing to launch more and higherperforming satellites and with better ground connections for cell
and Wi-Fi connectivity, the realm of in-flight connectivity will
continue to expand and improve.
For those compelled to stay connected at every turn, these
advances will progressively eliminate what has been one of the
most pervasive dead spots in their efforts - in flight, aboard aircraft.
For those who enjoy the respite from the growing stream
of emails, texts and phone calls that pervade their lives,
the elimination of in-flight as a safe haven may cause some
Still, isolation remains possible - by simply turning off their
devices when the aircraft door closes. Oh, the digital traffic won't
stop - all those contacts will be awaiting them when the door opens
But at least for the duration of the flight, the devices will remain
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