Did you ever wonder what WWW – WorldWideWeb – really means? Well, there is the web and it is wide, but has it truly been worldwide? No! Our main worldwide transportation web – air travel – was left out.
Thales has changed this. From the gate to 35,000 feet anywhere in the world, Thales has made connectivity so simple, seamless, and secure that the world is now at the fingertips of passengers, pilots, and crew, as well as those supporting them on the ground. With nose-to-tail aircraft and aircraft-to-ground connectivity, the Web has reached the sky.
"We are living in a connected world, including the Internet-of-things, so why not create the Internet-of-aircraft,” Vincent Megaïdes, Thales’s Director of Strategy, Flight Avionics activity.
“As the only player providing full connectivity solutions compatible with the Iridium and Inmarsat satellite constellations, Thales can offer pilots secure high-speed communications worldwide.” Using Thales’s FlytLINK, pilots can cut down on radio chatter and paperwork, and access live weather forecasts and flight tracking, while their crews get real-time updates on gates, baggage, rescheduling and more.
Cabin-side, whether on a short domestic hop or a long-haul international flight, airline passengers no longer accept being cut off from the internet. Thales Alenia Space is responding with Very High Throughput Satellites, such as the SES-17 and Inmarsat GX5, to support in-flight connectivity, offering telecommunications operators unparalleled capacity, digital agility, flexibility, and competitiveness. With these advantages, as well as real-time monitoring of maintenance and data-based decision making, connectivity has become the driver of new business models for airlines. It saves money and creates opportunities, while enabling real-time exchanges that improve safety and efficiency.
Five trends are enhancing this revolution: coverage is becoming universal, bandwidth is broadening, services are expanding, value for money is increasing, and performance and security are improving. Thales is accelerating these trends. Using its expertise, not only in connectivity, but in cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, and Big Data, it is making the WorldWideWeb a reality in our skies.