9-Aug-2011 Source: ASiQ
ASiQ Limited the developers of the patented SafeCell cell phone system for aircraft, announced today they commissioned the worldâ€™s first iPhone in flight cell phone Bluetooth App on a Business Jet.
Ron Chapman, ASiQâ€™s CEO stated, â€œthis is a very important milestone for the company, as in order to effectively test the system you need to test it on an aircrafts satellite link. We are very excited with the results of the test and this App is truly unique. Not only does it deliver voice and data services, but it can eliminate the requirement for existing telephone handsets and antiqued PABX systems which can cost over $30,000. The test system comprised both an iPhone and iPad version connected via the Global Iridium satellite network. Following the successful testing we have submitted the App to Apple for approval.â€
The iPhone and iPad test platform was commissioned on Citation VII operated by Global Jet International. Global Jet International is a Corporate Aircraft Charter company based out of the Gold Coast Airport and is the launch customer for the system. The aircraft is scheduled for permanent installation later this year.
SafeCell is an Application (App) on your mobile phone that operates in “flight mode” and uses Bluetooth to emulate the normal functions of your mobile phone such as Voice, SMS, MMS and Data. The App communicates via Bluetooth with a Tablet that controls the aircrafts satellite voice and data links. Passengers use noise canceling headsets which ensures the highest possible voice quality.
SafeCell Bizjets initial target market is around 16,000 corporate aircraft equipped with a satellite link. SafeCell Bizjet is the fore runner of the SafeCell airline platform, which is due for release in 2011.
ASiQ has over 2 decades experience in designing and implementing crew and passenger communication systems.