Addvalue Innovation has formalized a design contract with Avionica to jointly develop a new generation of Swift Broadband (SBB) terminals to support the growing demands for real-time flight data services for the worldwide aviation market.
Avionica announced a joint venture with GE Aviation in May of 2018 to maximize the value of aircraft data usage through the combined use of more real-time and reliable data connectivity and data analytics expertise. The development of the new generation of SBB terminals — based on the highly reliable Inmarsat BGAN system — is an integral part of this new capability that the joint venture determines to bring to the global aerospace industry.
Addvalue has more than 15 years of proven track record in the development a wide range of communication terminals for mobile satellite systems (MSS) that includes the Inmarsat BGAN system. Addvalue’s deep capabilities in the development of Inmarsat BGAN terminals, including in particular the recently developed space-qualified Inter-Satellite Data Relay System (IDRS) technologies, shall provide the inimitable technological support to Avionica’s plan for the development of the new generation of SBB terminals.
Under the contract, Addvalue will develop the main components of the satellite connectivity, while Avionica will develop the avionic components of the system and be responsible for the system integration and project management for the FAA certification process.
Dr. Colin Chan, Chairman and CEO of Addvalue, said the partnership with Avionica signifies a watershed in the history of Addvalue as it extends the firm's business portfolio into the exciting and fast growing aviation market. Apart from rendering the terminal development and production support service to Avionica, Addvalue is also able to provide the related after-sales and maintenance service support to Avionica’s clients in the region here.
Mr. Sean Reilly, VP of Business Development Avionica, added that the company appreciates Addvalue’s years of experience in developing SATCOM systems. This partnership will provide Avionica with a high-quality, cost-effective SBB terminal to address the growing demands for real-time flight data services for the worldwide aviation market.