WirelessCabin - Development and Demonstrator of Wireless Access for Multimedia Services in Aircraft Cabins

The project has developed wireless access technologies for the aircraft cabin, which will enable passengers to use several different technologies, including UMTS, Bluetooth, and W-LAN.

The infrastructure includes:

  • the cabin segment with several wireless access segments
  • a satellite segment for connection to the terrestrial telecom networks
  • an aircom service provider segment

A demonstration campaign was carried out in commercial long-haul aircraft (Airbus A340) via a GEO satellite link.

TriaGnoSys was responsible for the WP 3200 Satellite Segment Roadmap. The aggregate cabin traffic was calculated using a multi-service model for multimedia services. Potential satellites were selected. The asymmetric bandwidth demand in forward and return link directions was considered, taking a combination of several satellite providers into account.

WirelesCabin project team: Airbus Deutschland GmbH, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V., Ericsson Telecomunicazioni S.p.A., ESYS plc, Inmarsat Ltd., KID-Systeme GmbH, Siemens AG Austria, TriaGnoSys GmbH, University of Bradford

Website: http://wirelesscabin.triagnosys.com/

Under the framework of IST programme of the European Commission