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How secure are IFEC systems?

Jan 18. 2018  Airplanes today are becoming nodes in Internet Of Things and airlines are increasingly investing in data analytics. Anne Wainscott-Sargent from Avionics Magazine interviewed Fred Schreiner, CTO of Thales Inflyt Experience and Sam Miller, product security officer of Thales InFlyt Experience on how secure are IFEC systems.

The aviation world has come a long way from the days when the extent of connectivity in the cabin revolved around self-contained in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) systems comprising a server, distribution system and seatback displays. Being connected was limited to watching a movie offered by the airline or scanning pre-recorded news broadcasts.

Then came SwiftBroadband service followed by more powerful high-bandwidth satellites and Wi-Fi in the cabin, and with it, a proliferation of passenger smartphones and other devices. It’s not surprising that 81 airlines today offer a full range of IFEC services with the ability for travelers to connect their personal electronic devices [PEDs] to the aircraft’s wireless network...Find the full Anne Wainscott-Sargent's article here.
People are able to connect, stream, text and browse. Airlines, he added, are increasingly investing in data analytics, not only to differentiate the customer experience with personalized services, but also to create operational efficiencies on the plane.

Fred Schreiner, CTO of Thales Inflyt Experience

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