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August 05, 2011

ASiQ Introduces First iPhone In-Flight Cell Phone App

By Carolyn J Dawson, TMCnet Contributor

The world’s first iPhone (News - Alert) in-flight cell phone App has been commissioned by ASiQ Limited, the developers of the patented SafeCell cell phone system for aircraft. Business Jets will be provided both voice and data services with this App, according to an announcement made by ASiQ Limited.

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In a release, Ron Chapman, CEO for ASiQ said, “This is a very important milestone for the company, as in order to effectively test the system you need to test it on an aircrafts satellite link. We are very excited with the results of the test and this App is truly unique.”

Chapman added that the app can deliver both voice and data services. The requirement for existing telephone handsets and antiqued PABX systems costing over $30,000 has also been eliminated.

According to Chapman, an iPhone and an iPad version connected via the Global Iridium (News - Alert) satellite network comprises the test system. The organization has submitted the App to Apple for approval after completing successful testing.

Citation VII operated by Global Jet International was the first to use the iPhone and iPad test platform. A Corporate Aircraft Charter company, Global Jet International is based out of the Gold Coast Airport. ASiQ’s system has been initially launched for Global Jet International. Permanent installation for the aircraft has been scheduled for later this year.

The mobile App, SafeCell operates in "flight mode." The normal functions of a mobile phone like voice, SMS, MMS and data are emulated by the App through Bluetooth. The aircrafts satellite voice and data links are controlled by a Tablet. The App communicates with this Tablet using Bluetooth. In order to ensure the highest possible voice quality, noise canceling headsets have to be used by the passengers.

Equipping around 16,000 corporate aircraft with a satellite link is the initial target market for SafeCell Bizjets. The forerunner of the SafeCell airline platform is SafeCell Bizjet. SafeCell Bizjet is expected to be released in 2011.

ASiQ  has been designing and implementing crew and passenger communication systems for more than 20 years.

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Carolyn John is a Contributor to TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please columnist page.

Edited by Carrie Schmelkin