ARINC Incorporated this week introduced PASSage℠, a total voice connectivity solution delivered as a hosted service for aviation operations.
PASSage integrates, centralizes, and manages all of today’s voice media—handheld radios, aircraft radios, telephones, Push-to-Talk—while enhancing performance, reach and sound quality. It uses the customer’s existing private networks and frequency bands.
The technology behind ARINC PASSage has been used successfully for five years to link mission-critical voice communications between government, public safety, and emergency response agencies. With true “any-to-any” connectivity, this technology has now been customized for aviation and is being offered as an ARINC-hosted service.
With PASSage service, users receive the benefits of a custom interoperable voice solution, but without the usual capital expense for replacement radios, infrastructure, and maintenance. As a service, PASSage has minimal hardware requirements and is delivered over ARINC’s secure global network with full system support by ARINC.
The PASSage footprint is very small: a PC-based operator console with a touch-screen option is used to manage all the available voice communications channels. The console operator can easily connect any two or more voice channels—whether radio, phone, or Push-To-Talk (PTT). Voice conferencing is also made simple, as virtual talk groups can be set up in advance or configured dynamically as needed.
“PASSage is ideal for airline dispatchers, pilots, maintenance controllers, and customer service personnel—anyone who must juggle multiple voice technologies to talk with different groups, airport sites, or suppliers,” stated Marvin Ingram, ARINC Senior Director. “PASSage can also solve the same kind of voice connectivity problems for port and airport authorities, as well as fuelers, baggage handlers, caterers and other ground handlers.”
ARINC PASSage is built on the powerful ARINC Wireless Interoperability Network Solutions (AWINS™) platform, an Internet Protocol (IP) architecture of integrated commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) products. AWINS provides the ability to convert non-IP signals into standard IP protocol signals. The IP data is then converted back into the media required at the other end, without the need for further devices between the router and the network connection. AWINS has been successfully providing radio interoperability for police, fire, disaster response teams, emergency dispatch centers, and the federal government for more than five years.
ARINC Incorporated (arinc.com), a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group, provides communications, engineering and integration solutions for commercial, defense and government customers worldwide. Headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland with regional headquarters in London and Singapore, ARINC is ISO 9001certified.