Air China to Deploy Meru Wi-Fi Technology as Part of Flight Focus Wireless IFE
Solution Across Its A330 Airbus Wide Body Fleet for
Concurrent HD Video Streaming to All Seats
ANAHEIM, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 09/09/13 -- APEX/IFSA EXPO -- Meru
Networks(R) (NASDAQ: MERU), a leader in Wi-Fi networking, today
announced that Air China, one of the world's 10 largest airlines, has
started deploying Meru wireless network technology on its A330 Airbus
wide-body jets. The deployment was conducted in conjunction with Meru
partner Flight Focus, whose Cabin In-flight Wi-Fi platform integrates
Meru technology enabling hundreds of passengers to simultaneously
stream HD video directly to their mobile.
The Flight Focus Cabin platform for in-flight Wi-Fi and entertainment
incorporates the latest and best technologies in terms of both
hardware and software.
"The Flight Focus Platform(TM) integrating Meru virtualized Wi-Fi
technology delivers more simultaneous video streams, and at higher
quality, than any other Wi-Fi IFE on the market. The deployment at
Air China illustrates this clearly," said Ralf Cabos, managing
director of Flight Focus. "Historically speaking, and largely, today,
when more than 10 or 20 percent of passengers on a commercial
airliner start trying to stream video, the experience degrades very
quickly. The network just can't handle the load. This powerful
solution changes all of that, scaling to a true 100 percent uptake
capability with technology in production now."
"The combination of Flight Focus' open, super light and secure Cabin
In-flight Wi-Fi platform, and the high-performance Meru Wi-Fi network
technology has enabled us to build our own IFE. We are now able to
provide richer entertainment contents to passengers, fulfill the need
for cabin-wide HD video streaming, and deliver a much improved user
experience," said the Air China E-project Office. "The ease of
installation helps in quickly completing modifications, facilitating
a wider rollout, and enabling our passengers to enjoy the service as
soon as possible."
"The Meru RF virtualization has stood the test of time since we first
invented and patented it," said Srinath Sarang, co-founder, vice
president and general manager of the hospitality business unit at
Meru Networks. "The ability to have a Wi-Fi network behave in a
deterministic manner like a wired network is one of the hallmarks of
the Meru Networks solution. Meru's RF virtualization delivers
plug-and-play deployment and easy capacity expansion for the
highest-density, most demanding and harsh environments, such as
inside an aircraft. We partnered with Flight Focus to deliver this
industry leading solution having built up our expertise in other
in-flight and cruise ship deployments around the world."
The in-cabin wireless network integrates a dual-radio, dual-band,
802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point (AP) with a 3X3:3 MIMO design.
Operating over the 2.4GHz and 5 GHz bands to deliver a maximum data
rate of 450 Mbps per radio, it supports streaming video, voice, and
other data traffic with superior predictability and reliability.
As a result of the deployment, Air China has become the first Chinese
carrier that operates flights with on-board Wi-Fi system. Air China
is in the process of upgrading their entire wide body A330 fleet with
About Flight Focus
Flight Focus is a certified provider of leading
edge avionics platform solutions for Cockpit and Cabin, and an
innovative systems integrator for aircraft connectivity (DOA/POA/MRO
from CAAS & EASA). The company designs, develops, manufactures and
delivers open computing and communications platform solutions, and
integrates versatile 3rd-party applications to enable Connected EFB,
as well as Wireless IFE & Connectivity solutions and services.
Flight Focus allows partners to benefit from state-of-the art and
ready-made open platform configurations to offer best quality of
service as well as enhanced performance in all environments (Android,
iOS and Windows 8).
Flight Focus enables airlines to build their own EFB or IFE while
reducing their costs (fuel, communications, and operations),
enhancing flight safety with real-time connectivity, and creating new
communication and entertainment ancillary revenues.
Leveraging its end-to-end vertical integration services from design
and in-house certification to technical support and system upgrades,
100+ aircraft are already equipped with the company's proven
technology and turnkey expertise.
For more information visit: www.flightfocus.net.
About Meru Networks
Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) is a market leader
in the development of mobile access and virtualized Wi-Fi solutions.
Meru's MobileFLEX wireless architecture addresses the ever-growing
need for higher bandwidth and higher client densities. The Meru
Identity Manager solution greatly simplifies secure device
on-boarding and the company's unique Context-aware Application Layers
enable dedicated channel assignments for specific applications,
devices and usage scenarios. Meru customers include Fortune 500
businesses as well as leaders in education, healthcare and
hospitality. Founded in 2002, Meru is headquartered in Sunnyvale,
Calif., with operations in North America, Europe, the Middle East,
Asia Pacific and Japan. Visit www.merunetworks.com or call (408)
215-5300 for more information.
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