Today, in-flight connectivity has its share of challenges. Technology companies are keenly aware that in the not too distant future, demand for in-flight connectivity will grow considerably. Travelers have become more reliant on a good connection than a good in-person relationship to conduct business and support social ties. A partnership announced this week promises passengers will have fast, reliable in-flight connectivity for their devices anywhere, even while crossing oceans.
As reported by MarketWatch, Honeywell recently acquired EMS Technologies, Inc., a company with broad technology offerings and will combine them with Honeywell’s global aerospace franchise to launch the Inmarsat Global Xpress aerospace network.
“With this new service, the flow of information will no longer stop when the door to the aircraft closes,” said Tim Mahoney, President and CEO, Honeywell Aerospace.
By the year 2016, there will be 10 billion mobile devices in the world serving a global population of over 7 billion people, many of which will take to the sky when traveling. Those travelers will be using tablets and smartphones for working on the go and watching video.
“We believe this new network will significantly expand the connectivity options of consumer, business, and government customers around the world,” added Mahoney.Promising land-like communication capabilities and connectivity in the air, travelers will be able to do real-time social media, video conferencing and multi-media presentation development while in flight virtually anywhere in the world.
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