Aviation certified application programme launched

08 November 2017: Inmarsat has launched a programme to certify third party commercial applications for use on its SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) platform.

The new aviation Certified Application Provider (CAP) Programme is open to established application providers and developers. It involves a two-step certification process to test and optimise applications compatible with SB-S, Inmarsat’s next generation communications platform for the aircraft flight deck.

SB-S is the first satcom platform designed to meet the needs of the modern flight deck by providing global, high-speed and secure IP broadband connectivity to the cockpits of the world’s airlines, with a growing range of applications that improve safety and operational efficiency. These include real-time graphical weather updates, flight optimisation, and crew workload reduction applications.

Solutions labs

Providers of applications certified by the programme will benefit from an expanded ecosystem of expertise, while also gaining access to new revenue streams and joint business opportunities. Inmarsat will also provide test environments and software development kits for optimised data transmission. Certified applications will, in turn, be promoted in Inmarsat’s global solutions labs, increasing customer awareness.

Mary McMillan, Vice President of Safety and Operational Services at Inmarsat Aviation, said: “SwiftBroadband-Safety sets a new standard for flight deck communications, ensuring the aviation industry can take full advantage of IP connectivity in the air, today and in the future.

“Our new aviation CAP Programme not only opens up a wealth of opportunity for existing application providers and developers to further their innovative solutions, but also means we can offer the heightened safety and streamlined operations applications airlines demand.”

Cutting-edge technologies

Currently in service with Hawaiian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines and United Airlines, SB-S has been selected by Airbus for its popular A320 and A330 fleets.

The aviation CAP programme gives SB-S customers access to the latest applications and cutting-edge technologies and is part of a wider Inmarsat initiative to bring in third party applications across its network.