Workshop 1, Topic 2: IFC Deep Dive – IFC Technology: Relevance and Readiness of ESAs, SW Defined Modems, and More

During this session, we delve into the exciting and rapidly evolving world of IFC technology, focusing on the relevance and readiness of cutting-edge developments like Electronic Steerable Arrays (ESAs) and software-defined modems.

Our goal in this session is to unravel the complexities and uncover the potential of these technologies in transforming IFC. We’ll begin by understanding ESAs – their advantages over traditional systems, the challenges in their implementation, and their impact on enhancing connectivity. How are these arrays shaping the future of in-flight internet, and what hurdles do we need to overcome to see their widespread adoption?

APEX IFEC Workshop Format

Workshop 1: IFC Deep Dive

Topic 2: IFC Technology: Relevance and Readiness of ESAs, SW Defined Modems, and More

Total Duration: 45 Minutes
*Timing subject to change following further details established by moderator.

  1. Initial Roundtable Discussion (10 Minutes)
    • Time Allotted: 0:00 – 0:10
    • Table Captain initiates a discussion on current understanding and perceptions of Electronic Steerable Arrays (ESAs), software-defined modems, and other emerging IFC technologies.
    • Each participant briefly shares their experience or knowledge related to these technologies.
  2. Focused Discussion – Assessing Technology Relevance (15 Minutes)
    • Time Allotted: 0:10 – 0:25
    • Table Captain guides conversation towards the relevance of these technologies in modern IFC systems.
      • Discussion on ESAs: Advantages, implementation challenges, and impact on connectivity.
      • Exploration of software-defined modems: Flexibility, scalability, and cost-effectiveness.
    • Participants contribute insights on how these technologies are shaping the future of IFC.
  3. Technology Readiness Evaluation (15 Minutes)
    • Time Allotted: 0:25 – 0:40
    • Focused discussion on the readiness of these technologies for widespread deployment.
      • Assessing maturity levels.
      • Identifying potential barriers to adoption and possible solutions.
    • Collaborative effort to evaluate and document the state of readiness for each technology.
  4. Conclusion and Next Steps (5 Minutes)
    • Time Allotted: 0:40 – 0:45
    • Table Captain summarizes the key points from the discussion, highlighting the consensus on the relevance and readiness of ESAs, software-defined modems, and other IFC technologies.
    • Scribe prepares a brief summary of the discussion for submission or presentation.
    • Discussion on potential impacts on airline strategies and passenger experiences.