Most business offices distribute information through PCs linked to networked servers, which host application software, central data storage, print spoolers, e-mail, and other services...
Most business offices distribute information through PCs linked to networked servers, which host application software, central data storage, print spoolers, e-mail, and other services.
In fact, client/server architecture has become today's standard method to distribute the information resources staff need to do their jobs efficiently. Yet one of the most demanding workplaces anywhere - onboard commercial aircraft - has missed out on the benefits of networked PCs and servers...until now.
SPIRENT Systems has changed the situation with their Aircraft Servers, which combines processing, memory, display, and communications hardware, together with applications and operating system software, to bridge what is still for most airlines a major communications gap. Residing in the avionics bay, the AIS Server interfaces with other aircraft avionics and communications systems through a Local area Network (LAN). It communicates through client workstations, such as laptops or touch screen PCs (although AIS can also provide wireless PDSs and even wearable PCs) situated throughout the aircraft.
To link the aircraft with ground-based corporate systems, the Server works with a number of the latest communication technologies - such as wireless LANs, DBS, ACARS, VDL and satellite data services.
The server utilizes industry-standard communication protocols and data formats, and COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) components, for maximum flexibility, reliability and cost-efficiency.
Updating the Server's stored data can either be via data media replacement (CDs, disks etc) or by current and emerging wireless communications technologies.
Spirent Systems, 8710 E. 32nd St. N., Wichita, KS 67226. Tel: 316-636-2000; Fax: 316-636-9098.