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November 21, 2011

InFlight 911 Service Uses FAA-Approved iPad to Communicate In-flight Emergencies

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

InFlight Labs, which is planning to release the new proprietary product called "Inflight 911 Services" later this year, has selected the FAA-approved iPad as their device of choice.

With this agreement, Inflight 911 Services be able to establish a top priority connection between aircraft personnel and the Inflight 911 Services administrative team by leveraging the Wi-Fi Internet connection over the iPad's Web browser.

Earlier in June, InFlight Labs unveiled the revolutionary Inflight 911 Services, demonstrating how far in-flight communications have come since the tragic events that occurred aboard four separate flights on Sept. 11, 2001 and during recent incidents of unreachable air traffic controllers at major U.S. airports.

The service will enable an airline pilot or flight crew member to access a secure network quickly and get an immediate 2-way communication between the aircraft and the Inflight 911 Services administrative team. Communications are also simultaneously transmitted to the mobile and/or computer devices of 100 "+" government personnel, such as the FAA, Homeland Security, FEMA, FBI, CIA, e911 (News - Alert) and related agencies.

"We envision several iPads being available throughout the aircraft from the cockpit through the cabin ready to be used as a source of "air-to-ground" communication during an in-air emergency." Inflight 911 Services can be accessed over any Wi-Fi enabled device but we feel that the iPad is the best choice for the job," said Joseph Bekanich, spokesperson for InFlight Labs.

The company has upgraded Inflight 911 Services to include 2,000 character Emergency Messages, a "Live" InFlight Audio and Streaming Video /Recorder, Speech Recognition Software for message entry and embedded Geo-location coordinates in the message body.

Another highlight of the Inflight 911 Services is a dynamic Web interface that can store more than 18 points of critical information in an encrypted format about the flight details, air crew and current crisis situation.

"Inflight 911 Services is the perfect "Plan B" as an in-flight emergency alert system which will benefit everyone from airline staff to passengers and government officials by bringing numerous key resources together within minutes of an in-air emergency," Bekanich added.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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