As part of an international research project (named iCabin) aircraft suppliers, including KID-Systeme, Jeppesen and Zodiac Aerospace, are working alongside Boeing and Etihad to create a networked intelligent cabin that’s fit for the future.

During a press briefing at the Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in Hamburg on Tuesday 10 April, a consortium of senior aviation company officials who are partnering on the project revealed that iCabin’s ambitious aim is to connect separate cabin applications to one another, without cabling.

Offering passengers increased comfort and an enhanced passenger experience, the solution will connect the seating, galleys and washrooms, as well as sensors and certain surfaces in the cabin.

Underlining the importance of the future role of the iCabin in the aerospace sector, one of the key goals of the project is to develop and exchange information to generate a real-time overview of the status of all aircraft cabin areas. It will also establish the necessary standard for cabin communications, which will enable cabins to be equipped with new and improved functions as and when they become available.

The project, which started at the beginning of 2018 and has a completion date of March 2021, now has the official seal of approval from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and is an important component of their aviation research program. At the end of 2017, the ministry endorsed the prioritisation of the project with a €3.9 million grant.


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